What is Hands-Only CPR?

Would you be comfortable doing rescue breaths on an unconscious casualty?

Many people are hesitant to perform rescue breaths, especially during a pandemic, so they may result in performing ‘hands only’ CPR.

In this blog, we will be defining what hands-only CPR is as well as having a look at how effective it is.

When should I use hands-only CPR?

If you are trained and able, you should give rescue breaths during CPR (this is particularly important for children).

If, however, you are not prepared (or unable) to provide rescue breaths, giving chest compressions only is better than doing nothing at all because it calculates whatever oxygen is left in the blood.

How do I perform hands-only CPR?

To perform hands-only CPR, you should:

  • Give continuous compressions at a rate of 100-120 per minute.
  • If there is more than one rescuer, change who does compressions every 2 minutes to prevent fatigue.

How effective is hands-only CPR?

In the initial few minutes of an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest, hands-only CPR performed by a bystander has in cases been found to be as efficient as traditional CPR with rescue breaths.

However, if you are trained and comfortable doing rescue breaths, you should still do them when performing CPR. 

Where can I find cardiopulmonary resuscitation training courses and qualifications?  

The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited statutory and mandatory training courses for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private companies, charitable and third sector organisations.

Alternatively, you can contact our helpful Support Team byclicking hereto tell us about your cardiopulmonary resuscitation training courses and qualifications.

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Frequently asked questions for hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Here at The Mandatory Training Group, we receive many questions about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). We have selected a few of these questions and answered them below.

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