Experts hope Hands Only CPR will save more lives

Published: Jun. 18, 2015 at 4:50 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2015 at 5:43 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – CPR experts are hoping a newer method will encourage bystanders to jump in and save someone from cardiac arrest.

Louisville isn't exactly known for being heart healthy, according to Dr. Bill Dillon.

Each year, 750 people go into cardiac arrest and only 10 percent of those people survive. But according to Dr. Dillon, the survival rate can be almost doubled by bystander CPR.

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To help encourage bystanders to help the Start the Heart Foundation is teaching free Hands Only CPR all over Louisville.

The method consists of using only your hands and removing the mouth-to-mouth portion used in traditional CPR.

"A lot of people don't like to do mouth-to-mouth so this removes the barrier and hopefully more people will do it," Start the Heart intern Katelyn Sandell said.

First, the team advises checking whether or not the victim is responsive. If the victim is not breathing, is not conscious and is not responsive, there is a high chance the victim has gone into cardiac arrest.

Next, the bystander should call 911. While waiting for emergency services they should begin Hands Only CPR.

Experts said while performing CPR a person's arms should remain locked, hands laced and the heel of the hand is placed on the middle of the sternum. From there, the bystander should perform hundred chest compressions per minute or two per second to the beat of "Staying Alive" by the Bee Gee's.

According to Sandell, the Hands Only method should only be performed on children eight and older as children younger will need their airways engaged in resuscitation.

The Start the Heart has taught 1,700 people Hand's Only CPR this summer. If you are interested in scheduling a lesson, click here.

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