Untrained rescuers are most likely to perform hands-only CPR when attending to an unconscious victim needing CPR. That is also the very main reason why AHA CPR Guidelines were changed to C-A-B from A-B-C. Performing chest compressions is still effective as immediate execution of hands-only CPR would too, increase the chance of survival.
Hands-Only CPR is performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation through chest compressions only. It doesn’t include any rescue breaths the fact that most rescuers may not feel comfortable or they do not know the proper method to give breaths.
The following is a guide on how to properly perform hands-only CPR on patients:
- Before giving medical attention to the patient, assess the situation first to prevent further casualties. Also, call 911 for medical back-up. If the patient is unresponsive, proceed in giving hands-only CPR.
- Kneel beside the patient and position your hands appropriately by placing the heel of the hand on the center of the chest and the other hand on top. Lace the fingers together, position your shoulders, and keep the arm straight.
- Push the patient’s chest hard and fast. Also, take note of the given requirements in performing compressions such as pushing 2 – 2.4 inches deep for a span of 100 – 120 chest compressions per minute.
- Keep on pushing and performing chest compressions until the patient shows any signs of life such as breathing or responding to your actions, or until medical assistance arrives.
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