MedStar's Hands Only Chest Compression Demo on NBC5


NBC5 reporter Lindsay Wilcox hosted MedStar on the new NonStop Nightly news segment to talk about water / pool safety and demonstrate the new hands-only CPR technique for bystanders.


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As the story points out, drowning is the sixth leading cause of death in people of all ages, and the second leading cause among children under age 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  In fact, MedStar routinely sees an increase in the number of emergency calls for potential drownings every summer as temperatures rise and people head for pools and lakes.


Prevention is the best treatment!  Here are some key tips for staying safe in the water this summer:


    • Presence of attentive adult supervision
    • Use appropriate floatation devices such as life jackets
    • Learning to swim
    • Avoiding dangerous environments (such as drainage culverts)
    • Use of barrier fencing around pools; checking to ensure gates are locked


Should you see a person is in danger of drowning  – call 9-1-1 immediately to get help on the way!


Do not enter a dangerous situation in order to render aid as you may also become a victim.  Once the person is out of the water, assess the need for assistance and potentially start hands-only chest compressions.


Chest Compressions – or hands-only CPR – is recommended for bystanders as a simple and effective way to help a person whose heart has stopped due to cardiac arrest casued by a near drowning.  The process focuses solely on chest compressions to move oxygenated blood to the brain and vital tissues in the critical time immediately following cardiac arrest. 


Follow these easy steps: 

1)  Check for signs of consciousness and breathing.  If none are present, initiate chest compressions


2)  Place the hand in the center of the chest, between the nipples


3)  Push hard and fast – compressions should be:

                    -  Adults – use 2 hands, compress at least 2 inches deep

                    - Kids ages 1 – 8 – use one hand, compress between 1-2 inches deep

                    - Infants under 1 year – use two fingers only, compress 1 inch deep


4)  Compressions should be at 100 beats a minute - which is the same rate as the beat of the Bee Gee’s song Staying Alive.

5)  Don’t stop.  Keep going until someone else can take over or helps arrives.

MedStar offers free chest compression training classes to business, schools, churches and other organizations in our 15-city service area. 

Click here for more information on FREE Chest Compression Training!