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.
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.