Check the patient. If you see someone collapse, check the person’s breathing. Someone who is not breathing and is unresponsive has gone into cardiac arrest.
Call 9-1-1. If you are alone, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you are with others, have someone else make the call and begin compressions.
Compress the chest. Place your hands in the center of the chest. Press hard and
fast until help arrives. The American Heart Association recommends making two inch deep compressions, pressing to the beat of the Bee Gees’ hit “Stayin’ Alive.” Click here to watch a video from the American Heart Association demonstrating hands-only CPR.
Duke Regional Hospital is hosting …And The Beat Goes On, Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10 am. Participants will learn the signs and dangers of atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder from Tim Donahue, MD, Chief of Cardiology at Duke Regional Hospital. And, they will practice bystander CPR taught by Duke Regional Hospital Education Services. Click here to register for this free event.