Hands-only CPR doesn't just eliminate the "yuck factor." A new study shows it can save more lives.
It's the first large American study to show more adults survived cardiac arrest when a bystander gave them continuous chest presses to simulate a heartbeat, compared to traditional CPR with mouth-to-mouth breathing.
"Anyone who can put one hand on top of the other, lock their elbows and push hard and fast can do this. No risk, no fear of causing harm," said lead author Dr. Ben Bobrow of the Arizona Department of Health Services in Phoenix.
If someone collapses, doesn't respond to gentle shaking and stops normal breathing, call 911 or tell someone else to call.
With the victim on his back, place the heel of one of your hands atop the other on the middle of the victim's breastbone.
Lock your elbows. With your shoulders over your hands, fall forward using your body weight. Press 100 times a minute. Think of the Bee Gees song "Stayin' Alive" for the tempo.
If an automated external defibrillator is available, switch it on and follow the instructions.
If not, continue chest compressions until paramedics arrive.