The American Heart Association came to UT Health San Antonio to give us a brief training on how to do Hands-Only CPR.
Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park).
It consists of two steps:
1) Call 9-1-1 (or send someone to do that).
2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
Dolores Garcia, a staff member at the American Heart Association, explained that CPR is extremely important because when a person is having a heart attack, their heart stops.
“CPR is acting as an external heart when the heart stops working. It’s very important because these pumps help the heart,” she said.
According to the American Heart Association, 7 out of 10 heart attacks occur at home or in the community.
“70 percent of people are not prepared to act, they either don’t know CPR or their CPR training has lapsed.”
She also said that many people are hesitant because they think they arn’t doing it right.
“Chances are you are doing something, something is better than nothing.”
She also advised that hands-only CPR is not for children and is for teens/adults.
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