Learn Hands-Only CPR and Save a Life


People who experience cardiac arrest need immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

But 70 percent of Americans say they would feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR, or they’re afraid of hurting the victim.

That’s where Hands-Only CPR comes in. In the first few minutes of an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest in an adult, Hands-Only CPR can be just as effective as CPR with breaths, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Performing Hands-Only CPR can double or even triple the chance of survival compared to no CPR at all.

Anyone can learn Hands-Only CPR, according to the AHA. If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911. Then, begin performing Hands-Only CPR by pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest at 100 to 120 beats per minute. Use a familiar song to keep your rhythm, such as:

  • “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees
  • “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
  • “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice
  • “All Star” by Smash Mouth
  • “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

Continue CPR until help arrives. If an automated external defibrillator (AED) is available, use it as soon as possible. Follow the instructions on the AED unit.

With 70 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happening at home, if you’re called on to perform Hands-Only CPR, you’ll likely be trying to save the life of someone you know and love, according to the AHA.

Hands-Only CPR increases the chance of a bystander taking action in a cardiac emergency. Even if you do not know how to administer CPR with breaths, don’t be afraid to act in an emergency; your actions can only help, says the AHA. Any attempt at CPR is better than no attempt.

To learn Hands-Only CPR, visit (or for Spanish resources) and watch a simple one-minute training video. You could save a life.

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