What is Hands-Only CPR?

Hands-only CPR (also known as compression-only CPR) is CPR without rescue breaths. The American Heart Association has noted that “Hands-only CPR carried out by a bystander has been shown to be as effective as CPR with breaths in the first few minutes during an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest for an adult victim.”

With COVID-19 gaining global traction, Hands-Only CPR is a smart move. 

Hands-Only CPR is an easy-to-learn first aid technique that helps keep victims of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) or other medical emergencies alive until medical professionals can take over. The life-saving technique keeps blood (and therefore oxygen) pumping through the victim’s body. Oxygen is needed to maintain brain and vital organ function. 

How to Perform Hands-Only CPR

Step 1: Make sure the scene is safe and firmly tap the person on the shoulder. In a loud, clear voice, ask them if they’re OK. Look for signs of rhythmic, normal breathing.

Step 2: If the victim isn’t responsive, call 911 or ask another bystander to do so. If possible, ask a bystander to locate an AED.

Step 3: If the person remains unresponsive, kneel beside them and position your body so that your shoulders are directly over your hands, keeping your arms straight.

Step 4: Begin Hands-only CPR by placing the heel of one hand on the center of the chest.

Step 5: Place the heel of your other hand on top of the first hand, then lace your fingers together.

Step 6: Push hard, push fast. Use your body weight to help you administer compressions that are at least two inches deep and delivered at a rate of at least 100-120 compressions per minute. Be sure to let the victim’s chest rise completely between compressions.

Step 7: Continue Hands-Only CPR until you see obvious signs of life, an AED becomes available, you become too fatigued to continue, or until another trained responder or EMS professional can take over. Discontinue CPR if the scene becomes too unsafe for you to continue.

(SOURCE: American Red Cross)

Who can perform Hands-Only CPR

You can. It’s true, anyone can learn Hands-Only CPR. What will you learn in a CPR or First Aid class? Plenty! Courses cover adult, child, and infant CPR, multiple-rescuer CPR, common emergency scenarios, and so much more.  

Many organizations offer “blended” courses, which enable good samaritans like yourself to complete the text-based portion of the course online at your own pace and convenience. Once you’ve passed the online course, a focused hands-on skills workshop rounds out the training. 

For more information on purchasing an AED, CPR and AED Training call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. You can also email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: The information included in this post and on our website is not intended as legal advice. As legislation changes often, this post may inadvertently contain inaccurate or incomplete information. We urge you to contact your state representative should you require more information about current AED, CPR, and Good Samaritan laws in your state.

Cardio Partners is a Proud Supporter of Project Adam

What is Project Adam?

Project ADAM was founded in 1999, after the death of 17-year-old Adam Lemel. Adam, an accomplished athlete from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, collapsed and died after experiencing a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). The irregular heartbeat which led to his death — in his case, ventricular fibrillation — could have been shocked into a normal rhythm with defibrillation. 

An AED could have saved his life.

Soon after his death, Adam’s parents, Patty Lemel-Clanton and Joe Lemel, collaborated with the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Herma Heart Center to found the nonprofit organization, Project Adam, in his honor. Project ADAM affiliates provide the foundation for schools to plan and develop their AED program. Support includes AED program planning templates, reference manuals, and one-on-one consultation on how to help prevent sudden cardiac death in the school setting.

In 2017, historic Project ADAM AED program management legislation passed in Tennessee. The new laws paved the way for proper placement of AEDs in schools, AED and CPR training, and AED drills to test school response systems. Other states soon followed suit.

Today, Project ADAM is a part of children’s hospitals and schools across the country supporting Heart Safe School initiatives. More than 20 states have adopted Project Adam Programming. Project Adam outreach has helped save the lives of children and adults all over the country.

How Common is SCA in children and young adults?

Although rare, SCA claims the lives of an estimated 6,000-8,000 individuals under the age of 35 each year (Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation).  Commotio cordis — often caused by a sudden blow to the chest — is the leading cause of SCA in student-athletes. Other causes of sudden cardiac death in children include Long QT Syndrome, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), and other congenital abnormalities.

While a vast majority of the more than 356,000 cardiac arrests that are recorded each year occur in adults over the age of 35 who suffer from coronary artery disease, these numbers are still something to be concerned about. The Mayo Clinic estimates that perhaps 1 in every 50,000 SCA deaths a year occurs in young athletes — like Adam Lemel.

Together, Project ADAM and Cardio Partners are making a difference in hospitals, schools, and communities across the nation.

For more information about the importance of AEDs in Schools and reasons why you should sign up for AED and CPR training, visit our blog. To learn more about our AED packages for schools or to purchase an AED, visit AED.com. Calls are welcome, too! Give Cardio Partners a ring at 866-349-4362. You can also email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: The information included in this post and on our website is not intended as legal advice. As legislation changes often, this post may inadvertently contain inaccurate or incomplete information. We urge you to contact your state representative should you require more information about current AED, CPR, and Good Samaritan laws in your state.

Who Should be Trained in CPR at a Dentist’s Office?

Whether you’re reviewing your existing AED program or you’re just starting to implement one, an important question to consider is who should be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at a dentist’s office. 

Training is one of the most important components of a successful AED program. And managing sudden cardiac arrest in dental practices is incredibly important. 

Fortunately, licensing boards in nearly every state require that dentists and dental hygienists to maintaining a current CPR or Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. 

ADA Training Recommendations

According to the American Dental Association (ADA) “Dentists, through their academic, clinical and continuing education, should be familiar with the prevention, diagnosis, and management of common emergencies. In addition, they should provide appropriate training to their staff so that each person knows what to do and can act promptly.”

The ADA also recommends annual reviews and suggests conducting mock emergencies to help your staff become more confident in their roles when a real emergency occurs. 

State Requirement for CPR Training in Dental Offices

AED and CPR legislation varies widely from state to state. Over 20 states have legislation regarding the use of AEDs in dental offices but only a handful of states such as Arizona, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, and Texas, require CPR training or Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. 

Cardiac Partners’ CPR Recommendations for Dentists

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but we think everyone who works in your dental practice should be first aid, CPR, and AED certified. According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year and nearly 90% of people who experience SCA die. However, when confidently and quickly performed, CPR can dramatically improve survival odds.

Is Your Dental Team Ready to Respond to Cardiac Arrest?

Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and other team members must be prepared to respond to patients who experience cardiac arrest. In addition to a well-rehearsed emergency response plan, dentists should invest in a fully-stocked AED dental package that includes:

  • AED wall cabinet
  • AED
  • Adult and pediatric pads
  • AED Case
  • Spare AED battery
  • Rescue ready kit
  • AED Decal and signage
  • Check tag

To learn more about our AED packages for dental offices or to purchase an AED, visit AED.com or call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. You can also email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: The information included in this post and on our website is not intended as legal advice. As legislation changes often, this post may inadvertently contain inaccurate or incomplete information. We urge you to contact your state representative should you require more information about current AED, CPR, and Good Samaritan laws in your state.