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Hands-Only CPR

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.

Learn More

Watch this 45-second video to learn how to perform lifesaving hands-only CPR.

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