St John and the Ciy Defibrillator Project

Bryan Finlay of the Scottish Ambulance Service demonstrates the use of a Public Access Automated Emergency defibrillator (PAAED).

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 a cracked rib than 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.

This advice and the video below was published by the British Heart Foundation in 2012.