How to Perform Hands-Only CPR and Use an AED

When a person experiences cardiac arrest, their heart beats irregularly or stops, disrupting the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and rest of the body. Approximately 90% of those who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital die. Immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

7 Steps for Giving Hands-Only CPR

  1. Call 911 first
  2. Use the hard part of the palm of your hand
  3. Place hands in center of person’s chest, just below the sternum
  4. Push hard and fast
  5. Perform about 100-120 compressions per minute, to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive,” by the Bee Gees, or the children’s song “Baby Shark”
  6. Press two inches deep
  7. Any CPR is better than none

How to Perform Hands-Only CPR & Use an AED

Barb Hanneman, a nurse at UnityPoint Health and CPR Instructor, explains the steps of how to perform hands-only CPR and how to use an AED to save a life.