The new CPR: CPR Chest compressions only


July 17, 2015

Prepare yourself for the proper CPR chest compressions steps before you hit the pool this summer


The latest studies show that chest-compression-only CPR is just as effective as traditional CPR at saving a life. With “hands-only CPR,” mouth-to-mouth breaths are not necessary.

What to do in an emergency:

  1. Either call 911 or ask someone to make the call.
  2. Place the person on the floor on his or her back.
  3. Place the heel of one hand on top of the other in the center of the person’s chest.
  4. Lock your elbows and begin forceful chest compressions.
  5. After each chest compression, let the chest completely re-expand before pressing again.
  6. Perform chest compressions till emergency medical help arrives.
  7. If an automated external defibrillator (AED) is available, turn on device and follow the voice instructions.

Tip: The American Heart Association suggests performing chest compressions to the disco beat of “Stayin’ Alive” (pun definitely intended).


Save a life, learn CPR. To find a CPR certification class near you, visit the American Heart Association’s CPR class website.