Compression/Hands Only CPR - Easy To Do & Saves Lives


November is CPR month. I am a Canadian Red Cross Certified CPR instructor. In my opinion Compression/Hands Only CPR is one of the most important skills that I teach.  With quick action & Compression/Hands Only CPR, anyone can save a life. It is easy to do & you don’t have to take a course to perform this skill.

I teach 30 compressions & 2 breaths in 1 cycle of CPR. Both the compressions & breaths are important. However in a real-life medical emergency, we won’t have a CPR mask immediately/when we need it.

Someone has to find a first aid kit, with a CPR mask, & bring it back to you. This will take time. Don't panic & don't perform CPR breaths without a barrier/mask when trying to save someone who isn't family (to protect your health).

Waste no time; brain damage can happen in as little as 4 minutes. If someone collapses suddenly in front of you & they are not breathing; this is what you can do:

1)      make sure you & others are/stay safe

2)      direct someone to call 911 & report back to you

3)      direct someone to find you a first aid kit (with CPR mask & gloves)

4)      start Compression/Hands Only CPR immediately.  Push Hard & Push Fast

(centre of chest & about 2 inches deep). 

Brain damage can happen in as little as 4 minutes. By starting Compression Only CPR, on a person who is not breathing, you will be circulating oxygen that is in their blood to brain & body (helping to keep them alive until more advanced care arrives).

When discussing Compression/Hands Only CPR in one of my courses, a student made the following comment:

“This skill makes me feel more confident about saving someone’s life. You never know when or where CPR might be needed. Now I know I can do something immediately that has the potential of making a big difference. Compression Only CPR is easy to do & remember”.

Dr. Andrew Travers is the chair of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s policy advisory committee on resuscitation.

Many people hold back from doing CPR because they are afraid they may do it wrong or that they may hurt the person,” says Dr. Travers. “We want to make it clear that technique is less important than doing chest compressions quickly and firmly.”

Here is a Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation video about Compression/Hand’s Only CPR

I hope you never need this skill, but it is good to be prepared. Consider taking a full First Aid & CPR course. Good information will be shared that can be used at home, work & play. If you are in Calgary, join us! First Aid & CPR course information: