Hands-Only CPR

Hands-Only CPR

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One quarter of Americans say they’ve been in a situation where someone needed CPR. If you were one of them, would you know what to do?

Getting Trained

Studies have shown that being trained in hands-only CPR can make the lifesaving difference when someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest.

Join the millions of people we train each year by taking a 30-minute Citizen CPR class or sign up for Red Cross training courses to get certified in first aid, full CPR and using Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The courses teaches how the hands-only technique can save a life.

Download the Hands-only CPR Ready Reference sheet depicting the steps of this technique in English and Spanish.

What is hands-only CPR?

Hands-only CPR is a potentially lifesaving technique involving no mouth to mouth contact. It is best used in emergencies where someone has seen another person suddenly collapse. The hands-only technique increases the likelihood of surviving cardiac emergencies that occur outside medical settings.

How is CPR different from hands-only CPR?

Full CPR combines rescue breaths with chest compressions and is the best option in some emergencies, including those involving infants and children, drowning victims, or people who collapse due to breathing problems.

How else can I get involved?

The American Red Cross wants to educate 5 million people about hands-only CPR. Will you help us spread the word about this lifesaving technique?

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