Hands-Only CPR

When someone’s breathing or heartbeat suddenly stops, you could help save their life with hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This form of first aid uses chest compressions to keep blood and oxygen flowing to the brain and vital organs.

Take Action

Follow these steps if you see a teen or adult collapse:

  • See if the person responds to your touch or call.
  • If the person does not respond, call 911 or ask someone nearby to call 911.
  • Place your hands in the center of the collapsed person’s chest and start pushing hard and fast to the beat of the classic Bee Gees’ disco song “Stayin’ Alive.”
  • Keep pumping until paramedics arrive. If you get tired, quickly switch places with someone nearby, if possible.

Play this video for Johnston Health’s demonstration of hands-only CPR.

Call 911

Reduce damage from a heart attack or cardiac arrest by calling 911 immediately.

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