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A 2010 study shows that hands only CPR done by the layperson is just as effective as conventional CPR. This should encourage strangers to help someone in Cardiac Arrest.

Step 1: Recongnize That an Emergency Exist and Call 911

Your safety is paramount to your survival. If it is not safe for you to be there, call 911 and let the professionals respond. If it is safe for you to be there then check the patient for signs of unresponsiveness.

Step 2: Checking for Unresponsivenss

Shout at the patient and look for a response

Look for any signs of movement, bluish skin, chest rise with breathing

Step 3: Begining Chest Compressions

If the patient does not respond to you then you must begin Chest Compressions. Place the heel of one hand on the center of the patient's chest. Place the second hand on top of the first and begin pushing hard and fast. You will want to push at a rate of about 100 times per minute.

Step 4:

Think of the song "Staying Alive." Compress the chest to the rhythm of the beat. Continue doing compressions to help arrives.

Step 5: Consider Taking an American Heart Association Life Saving Class

Thank you. This is a really good post that everyone should read. it is important for folks to know that if the patient is over 20 years old you will likely hear ribs crackling. If over 40 you will definitely have breaking ribs. Don't let that stop you. The patient can recover from broken ribs. There is no cure for death.

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