You can save a life with hands-only CPR

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"The only thing that is required to save someone's life is to do hands only CPR," Dr. Holly Andersen, the Director of Education and Outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, per People.

A heart campaign demonstrates the simple steps to help save a life when someone suffers from sudden cardiac arrest.

The initiative demonstrates that mouth-to-mouth CPR is no longer required.

According to the American Heart Association, hands-only CPR is "as effective in the first few minutes as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, work, or in public." Some rescuers are unwilling or unable to administer rescue breaths, but they can still assist by performing hands-only CPR, dramatically improving the victim's chances of survival.

Hands-only CPR entails pushing hard and fast on the victim's chest center to keep the victim's blood pumping until paramedics arrive and perform more advanced life support.

Instructional Video and Written Guide

Andersen and colleagues from New York-Presbyterian have created a simple instructional video and written guide on how to perform hands-only CPR at has a playlist of songs that can help Good Samaritans with the rapid repetition of compressions, such as ‘Stayin Alive’ or Lady Gaga’s ‘Just Dance.’

Three Steps

Per Health Matters, it only takes three steps to start saving lives.

“First, check to see if the person is breathing, then call 911. Next, lay the victim flat on the ground and kneel beside the person. Third, interlock your fingers, and use the heel of your palm to push down in the center of the chest. Do this by locking your arms so they are straight and push hard and fast, making two compressions per second at least two inches deep.”

Here's an easy way to remember it:

  1. Verify that the person is breathing.
  2. Call 911 or have someone else call for you right away.
  3. Then begin chest compressions immediately.
“You don’t have to be certified. You don’t have to do mouth-to-mouth anymore.”  —  Dr. Holly Andersen

Visit to learn how you can assist in a cardiac arrest emergency.

Learn more here with this hands only CPR fact sheet.

Hands-only CPR kiosk at the Witte Museum

Check out the hands-only CPR kiosk sponsored by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas at the Witte Museum if you happen to be in the San Antonio area.

"It is the number one most visited CPR kiosk in the nation so it is training a lot of people and there's really great access here." — Jordan Mendez, Health Strategy Specialist, American Heart Association of South Texas, stated to kens5.

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