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Published on February 14, 2017

Hands-Only CPR: Steps that Could Save a Life 

Hands Only CPRWhen a loved one collapses from sudden cardiac arrest, you call 9-1-1. Then what? Wait or start CPR? Performing CPR while waiting can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. Join Amanda Hall, RN, Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center STEMI Coordinator, as she shows you how to perform hands-only CPR – simple steps that could save a life.

Hands-Only CPR: Steps that Could Save a Life

Q: Does it hurt to give someone CPR if we're not sure if they are really breathing?

A: If the person is unresponsive and not breathing normally (gasping is not normal), you should call 9-1-1 and start compressions. According to the AHA frequently ask questions, “Chest compressions and CPR are unlikely to hurt someone who is not in cardiac arrest. It is better to provide CPR to someone who doesn’t need it than to withhold CPR from someone in cardiac arrest.”