Hands-Only CPR Can Save a Life

Would you know what to do if someone suddenly collapsed nearby? Would you know how to assess the situation, decide on whether the person needed emergency care and administer cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), if necessary? Unfortunately, many people do not know how to handle this type of situation. Many fear doing the wrong thing and making a bad situation even worse. Others may fear catching a disease or illness from performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on someone without a barrier to protect against germs. For these reasons, the American Heart Association (AHA) has simplified its recommendations for performing CPR so more people are apt to learn and take action when needed.

Recently I became a certified instructor for the AHA and am trained to teach courses for healthcare professionals and for non-healthcare/non-medical people. Most of the people I teach are required to have CPR training as a part of their employer’s requirements or simply because their employer wants to have their staff trained. Other classes are for individuals who have a personal desire or reason to learn and become CPR certified. Even before I became a certified instructor, I’ve always highly encouraged everyone I know to become trained because you just never know when someone might need your help. I wish we could make it mandatory for parents to learn CPR before a baby is born but that will probably never happen. So all I can do is encourage and recommend taking a class and try to inform you of helpful information available to you and anyone else interested in knowing how to perform CPR in an emergency.

The AHA wants to encourage more people to help so they simplified the actions and process of helping for those who have not been formally trained. They want to spread the word about Hands-Only CPR because it can save lives that may be lost otherwise. Hands-Only CPR consists of immediately calling 911 or your local emergency number to get help on the way and then beginning chest compressions by placing your hands in the center of the victim’s chest and pushing hard and fast at a rate of 100 beats per minute. Continue doing this until help arrives or someone else can take over for you.

To see a demonstration of Hands-Only CPR, watch this video:

Visit the AHA’s Hands-Only CPR information page to learn more.

The AHA has also developed a handy app for most smartphones that can be referred to in the case of an emergency. This free app offers instructions and video. Just search “Hands-Only CPR” in iTunes and the Android Marketplace to find and download it. If you have another type of smartphone, search that term in your phone’s app store.

For Infants, Children and in Certain Circumstances…

“The American Heart Association recommends conventional CPR with breaths and compressions for infants and children; victims of drowning, drug overdose or other respiratory problems; and adult victims who are found already unconscious and not breathing normally.” …American Heart Association

A CPR course teaches you the skills needed to help those other victims. You’ll also practice performing the same two steps you’ll need for Hands-Only™ CPR. Typically people who have had CPR training are more confident about their skills and more likely to assist someone in a real emergency.

Even a very short CPR training program that you can do at home, like the American Heart Association’s 22-minute CPR Anytime, provides skills training and practice that can prepare you to perform high-quality chest compressions.”

The AHA also has an Infant CPR Anytime course available, which is highly recommended for all parents, grandparents, and caregivers.

If you would like to learn more about CPR and life-saving skills beyond Hands-Only CPR, please visit the AHA’s class locator page.

Remember, you never know when you may be called upon to help save a life. Why not learn how today?


Editors Note: AHA’s Hands-Only CPR is only for use on adults. We highly recommend every parent get certified in conventional CPR…a child’s life could one day depend on it.

About the Author

Tamara Walker, R.N., aka “MomRN”, is the mom of two teenagers, a registered nurse, a child safety expert and instructor, and host of the “Ask MomRN Show”. Her passions are to help parents as they navigate the journey through parenthood and to protect children of all ages. Her websites are http://www.MomRN.com and http://www.blogtalkradio.com/FlyLady. MomRN has been a member of the PedSafe Expert team


2 Responses to “Hands-Only CPR Can Save a Life”

  1. I am very thankfull for providing CPR/AED traning .this courses is very good for everyone because with the help of this we can save the life of another

  2. Amanda Grimm says:

    Everyone should attend in a CPR course as it is very affordable to learn and can help to save a lot of life. If anyone have got knowledge about CPR and he/she will be able to handle any emergency situation very quickly and effectively.

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