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Hands-only CPR How-to ~ SMH TopTips

With SMH Cardiovascular Program Coordinator Jacqueline Krusewki


According to the American Heart Association, 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of the hospital. About 70% of those happen in homes. 

Do you know what to do if a loved one or friend has a heart attack? 

Performing hands-only CPR on them can greatly increase their chance of survival. It’s easy to learn—only two steps—and saves lives. 


Hands Only CPR How-to


1.    Call 9-1-1 

2.    Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.*


That’s it. Continue hands-only CPR until emergency services arrives or the person is revived. 

*Helpful tip: The American Heart Association recommends performing hands-only CPR at a tempo of 100 to 120 beats per minute. Instead of trying to count beats per minute, time your pushes to the beat of the Bee Gees tune, “Staying Alive.” 

Just remember: Call 9-1-1, and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. The only thing you can do wrong is to do nothing at all.

Jacqueline Krusewki, RNSarasota Memorial Cardiovascular Program Coordinator Jacqueline Krusewki, RN, oversees SMH's chest pain and heart failure programs, as well as the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence program. A certified progressive care nurse, heart failure nurse and cardiovascular care coordinator, she also is a Basic Life Support instructor and has a masters degree in nursing leadership.


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