If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, it's important to act fast. Did you know with just two steps you can save a life in the event of a heart attack? It's hands-only CPR, and it's easier than you might think.
- Call 9-1-1 right away. Whether you, or someone nearby makes the call, the first step is to call for help. Our emergency medical services team starts treatment during your trip to the hospital. Fast medical treatment at Blessing’s Emergency Center, a Certified Chest Pain Center, can minimize damage to heart muscle and save lives.
- Perform hands-only CPR. Get directly over the victim. Put the heel of one hand directly in the center of the chest, then put your other hand on top of the first. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest, until help arrives. You want to stay on a pace of 100-120 compressions per minute. That's about the same tempo as the song "Stayin' Alive."
- Never too young to learn. Even young people can learn the skill of hands only CPR. Help educate the children in your life with this informational coloring sheet.
EARLY HEART ATTACK CARE
Blessing Hospital's Heart & Vascular Center is committed to educating the community of the earliest signs of heart attack care. Click here to learn more about Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) and common questions about the specific and non-specific signs of heart attacks.
Your actions can help save a live! To learn more about hands-only CPR, call 1-877-AHA-4CPR.