Why Learn Hands-Only CPR?
Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat
(arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading
cause of death. Each year, over 326,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.
When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby.
According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac
arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance
Most Americans (70 percent) 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.
Be the Difference for Someone You Love
If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the
life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.
70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes and residential settings.
Unfortunately, only about 39% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the
immediate help that they need before professional help arrives.
Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home,
at work or in public. It can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.
Music Can Save Lives
Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps: If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, (1) Call 9-1-1;
and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive.”
People feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct
rate when trained to the beat of a familiar song.
During CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute. The beat
of “Stayin’ Alive” is a perfect match for this.
Take 60 Seconds to Learn How to Save a Life
Watch the 60-second demo video. Visit heart.org/handsonlycpr to watch the Hands-Only CPR instructional
video and share it with the important people in your life. You can also find a CPR class near you.
NOTE: The AHA still recommends CPR with compressions and breaths for
infants and children and victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who
collapse due to breathing problems.
American Heart Association (2015). Hands only CPR: Fact Sheet. Retrieved from http://cpr.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@ecc/documents/downloadable/ucm_473563.pdf