• What is Hands-Only CPR?

    What is Hands-Only CPR?

By Melissa Frampton, Wellness Specialist at The Connection at Twin Towers.

Hands-Only CPR is CPR without giving breaths. Meaning there is no mouth-to-mouth contact. Recent guidelines developed by the American Heart Association, promote Hands-Only CPR as an acceptable way for a bystander to help a victim suffering from cardiac arrest. 

The method is gaining in popularity because it’s an attractive option to bystanders who are usually less than willing, to give mouth-to-mouth. 

How is Hands-Only CPR Done?

woman performing cpr

The rescuer starts compressions over the heart, at about the nipple line, and compresses at a regular rhythm. That rhythm is approximately 100-120 beats per minute.

When people perform Hands-Only CPR they are more likely to remember the correct rate when trained to the beat of a familiar song. Here’s a list of some common songs that coincide with the 100-120 beats per minute.

  • Staying Alive by the Bee Gees
  • Walk the Line by Johnny Cash
  • Crazy in Love by Beyonce
  • Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira

Is Hands-Only CPR Effective?

Hands-Only CPR helps to maintain brain and heart function and two studies have researched the effectiveness of it. Both studies appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine and had similar positive results. The rate of survival and brain damage were similar when Hands-Only CPR and regular CPR (compressions and giving breaths) were performed.

Please note that the American Heart Association still recommends CPR with compressions and breaths for infants and children and victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who collapse due to breathing problems.

What Can You Do?

If you want to learn how to do Hands-Only CPR find a class near you. Live in the Greater Cincinnati area? We offer a class each month. Contact us to learn more.  

Taking this class will give you the confidence and ability to provide immediate support and help to someone. Your efforts may double or triple the victim’s chance of survival.

More Helpful Tips During an Emergency

  • When you call 911, you need to stay on the phone. Don’t hang up until the 911 dispatcher (operator) tells you to. 
  • Put the phone on speaker and set it next to the victim. The dispatcher will ask you about the emergency. 
  • The dispatcher will ask for details, such as your location. It’s important to be specific. Remember, mobile phones don’t have a fixed location or address. Therefore you’ll need to know where you are.  
  • Remember that answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help.

About the author: Melissa Frampton is a Wellness Specialist for The Connection at Twin Towers in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a certified American Heart Association (AHA) Heartsaver and BLS instructor. Melissa’s been teaching CPR/AED and First Aid for the American Heart Association for 9 years and has been working in the Health and Wellness industry for 12 years as a fitness instructor, health coach, personal health adviser and community educator.

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The fitness & wellness center at Twin Towers, The Connection, is where you’ll find an expertly trained team who creates workout routines and exercises that are specifically designed for those aged 50+. The Aquatic Center includes a 75-foot heated pool, aquatic bikes, and a whirlpool.  The Connection is in Cincinnati, Ohio and open to the community and memberships are available. For more information contact us online or give us a call at 513-853-2000.