Rusk Hands-Only CPR

El Paso Fire Department’s Training Academy is out and about helping parents and school employees learn hands-only CPR. This time it was Rusk Elementary’s faculty and staff turn.

According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at
home, at work or in public. It can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.

You can follow these steps for Hands-only CPR (witnessed sudden collapse)

1. CHECK and Call

  • CHECK The scene, then CHECK the person
  • Tap on the shoulder and shout, “Are you okay?”
    and quickly look for breathing.
  • CALL 9-1-1 if no response.
  • If unresponsive and not breathing, BEGIN CHEST COMPRESSIONS.


Place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest.

  • Place the heel of the other hand on top of the first hand,
    lacing your fingers together.
  • Keep your arms straight, position your shoulders directly
    over your hands.
  • Push hard, push fast.
    • Compress the chest at least 2 inches.
    • Compress at least 100 times per minute.
    • Let the chest rise completely before pushing down again.
  • Continue chest compressions.


Except in one of these situations:

  • You see an obvious sign of life (breathing).
  • Another trained responder arrives and takes over.
  • EMS personnel arrive and take over.
  • You are too exhausted to continue.
  • An AED is ready to use.
  • The scene becomes unsafe


If an AED is available:

  1. Turn on AED.
  2. Wipe chest dry.
  3. Attach the pads.
  4. Plug in connector, if necessary.
  5. CHECK and CALL
  6. Make sure no one is touching the individual.
  7. Push the “Analyze” button, if necessary.
  8. If a shock is advised, push the “Shock” button.
  9. Perform compressions and follow AED prompts.

Go to or call your chapter to sign up for training in full CPR,
First Aid, Babysitter’s Training, Pet First Aid and much more.
Developed with the support of the American Red Cross Badger Chapter.

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