Hands-only CPR

In 2012 we worked with Vinnie Jones to help us teach the nation how to do Hands-only CPR: pushing hard and fast on the chest without giving rescue breaths.

As there's a benefit in giving rescue breaths, our Call Push Rescue training kit teaches how to do it.

However, if you’re unwilling or untrained to give rescue breaths, Hands-only CPR is still likely to increase a person’s chance of survival and it’s definitely better than doing nothing.

How to do Hands-only CPR

When somebody collapses in front of you, what do you do?

  1. First thing you do is you check the person over. If they are not responsive and not breathing, then their heart has stopped working and they are having a cardiac arrest.
  2. Now, call 999. Then you do Hands-only CPR.
  3. Lock your fingers together, knuckles up. Then push down, right on the sovereign. Push down five or six centimetres. That’s about two inches. Push hard and fast about two times a second, like to the beat of Stayin’ Alive. Worried you’ll hurt him? Better cracked rib that let them die.
  4. Keep this up until the ambulance arrives.

So don’t forget. Check him over. Call 999. Push hard and fast to Stayin’ Alive. It works.

Hands-only CPR. It’s not as hard as it looks.

Practise Hands-only CPR with our BHF PocketCPR app

The free app explains how to carry out Hands-only CPR on someone in cardiac arrest using hard and fast chest compressions. Also, it allows you to practise by making use of the accelerometer in your smartphone. It means your phone can:

  • measure the rate and depth of compressions,
  • telling you if you need to do the compressions faster or slower,
  • or whether you should push harder or softer.
Download BHF PocketCPR for Android or download BHF PocketCPR for iPhone.