Learn what to do after someone experiences cardiac arrest or becomes unresponsive and stops breathing.
Do you know how to perform CPR? Knowing the steps could help save someone's life in a health emergency. A person typically needs CPR when they exhibit one of the following signs:
- They are not breathing
- They take occasional gasps for breath
- Their heart has stopped beating
- They are unconscious or unresponsive
These things can happen after cardiac arrest, electrocution, near drowning or a car accident. You should NOT perform CPR if the person is breathing normally or if the area is dangerous.
Follow These Steps to Perform CPR
1. Call 911 or assign someone nearby to do it.
2. Do chest compressions at 100 beats per minute. "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gee's is a classic example of a song that can help you stay in rhythm. Others include "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce, "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira and "Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash.
3. Don't stop until help arrives — or the person becomes responsive and is breathing normally.