Hands-only CPR can triple the chances of survival for a person experiencing cardiac arrest before emergency responders arrive, according to L.A. County EMS. (photo courtesy of L.A. County EMS)
Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services, along with its partners, is raising awareness on the importance of knowing hands-only CPR – a lifesaving technique to aid someone experiencing cardiac arrest – during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CPR is typically administered using mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose for rescue breathing, which carries increased risk due to the ongoing transmission of the COVID-19 virus in the community. In order to best protect both parties during CPR, using hands-only CPR can still be effective in saving a life.
This approach using hands-only CPR can be performed by anyone anywhere with minimal levels of expertise. A new video from EMS released provides background information about sudden cardiac arrest and teaches how to use hands-only CPR to save lives. To view the video, visit youtu.be/jHaicno95sk.
“Seventy-five percent of all cardiac arrests happen at home, so the life you save with this skill could be your child, spouse, parent or friend,” said Dr. Dipesh Patel, medical director of the Los Angeles County Paramedic Training Program.
Hands-only CPR can triple the chances of survival for a person experiencing cardiac arrest before emergency responders arrive. The frequent chest compressions keep oxygen flowing through the body to keep the heart, brain and other vital organs alive. Many sing along to popular songs like “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees while giving compressions to help keep the correct chest rate needed for effective CPR.
For information, visit dhs.lacounty.gov/emergency-medical-services-agency.