As many as 90 percent of people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital may not survive, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Those are some shocking statistics. Thankfully, giving or receiving hands-only CPR before emergency medical services (EMS) arrives can double or triple a person’s chance of survival during cardiac arrest.
If you see a teenager or adult collapse and suspect they may be experiencing cardiac arrest:
- Call 9-1-1 immediately.
- Push hard and fast on the middle of their chest approximately 100 to 120 times per minute until EMS arrives.
- Perform compressions to the beat of a fast-paced song. The AHA suggests “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash, or “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z.
For infants, children, and victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who collapse due to breathing problems, the AHA recommends using CPR with chest compressions and breaths.
Watch this 45-second video to learn how to perform lifesaving hands-only CPR.