High-quality CPR and early AED use can more than double the likelihood of survival for sudden cardiac arrest victims. But do you know what to do if someone suddenly collapses?
If the person is unresponsive and doesn’t appear to be breathing, begin CPR. Kneel next to their side and place the heel of your hand on the center of the chest. Then, place the heel of the other hand on top, parallel to the first. Stack your shoulders above your hands and straighten your arms to lock your elbows.
When giving chest compressions, remember to:
- Push hard and deep. Use your upper body weight to compress the chest at least two inches.
- Allow complete chest recoil. Lift all your weight off the person’s chest at the end of each compression.
- Push fast. Compress the chest at a rate of 100-120 compressions per minute.
Check out the HSI Emergency Care blog for more information about CPR and how to use an AED.