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  • Writer's pictureMaddie Cohen

How to Perform At-Home CPR

Talk about a skill for the whole family!

If you’ve contemplated learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) but haven’t taken the leap, consider enrolling in a course or doing some at-home education.

Why? Put simply, this vital skill can save lives. And while some might shrug and leave it to the lifeguards, healthcare providers, and childcare workers who are required to complete CPR training, people from all walks of life should know it.

What Is CPR?

A refresher on what CPR entails: The process is a life-saving technique designed to maintain blood flow to the heart and brain during a medical emergency.

With the right training, at-home CPR is accessible to pretty much anyone. You don’t even need specialized training, although this can certainly give you a leg up.

Ultimately, everyone can and should learn CPR. According to the American Heart Association, 70% of Americans claim to feel helpless during a cardiac emergency because they lack this vital skill.

Don’t let this be you. Hands-only, at-home CPR is often as simple as watching a quick YouTube video or completing a free course.

How to Complete At-Home CPR

Completing hands-only, at-home CPR is quite simple.

The process consists of the following steps:

  • First, call 911.

  • Next, place your hands at the center of the victim’s chest. Push hard and quickly to the beat of the Bee Gees hit “Staying Alive.” (No, we’re not kidding. This is the song med students are trained on!) This should translate to 100 to 120 compressions per minute.

  • Continue this process until help arrives.

While hands-only CPR can be lifesaving, infants and children require special care. To care for younger victims, you’ll need to learn other skills like rescue breathing.

Be sure to enroll in a course if you have questions. And of course, revisit your skills every two to three years for optimal results!

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