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Hands-only CPR

Two Steps to Staying Alive

  1. Call 911
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of "Staying Alive" by the Bee Gees

Quick Facts

  • Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating
  • Every hour, 38 Americans suffer a cardiac arrest. Fewer than 1 in 10 will survive.
  • Bystander CPR saves lives. For every minute delay in starting CPR, the chances of survival decrease by 10%!
  • Even people without official CPR training can perform hands-only CPR. The steps are simple: 1) call 911, and 2) push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
  • Push to the beat of "Staying Alive," 100 times per minute, at least 2 inches deep.

Know the Warning Signs

  • Chest discomfort - uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
  • Discomfort in the upper body; one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness