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Simple Hands-Only CPR Can Save Lives

When someone collapses, bystanders can save lives using only their hands, pressing on the chest hard and fast without stopping. First call 911! Hard and fast chest compressions on the center of the chest can keep someone whose heart has stopped alive until medical help arrives, even without mouth-to-mouth breathing. According to experts, there is enough oxygen remaining in the body to sustain life without rescuers needing to breathe into the victim’s mouth. In a call to action, the American Heart Association recommends that bystanders untrained in CPR  provide hands-only CPR until emergency medical help arrives. The hands-only method is much simpler for the public to understand and actually accomplish,