HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hands-only CPR is a technique proven to save lives, and the American Heart Association recommends people learn it.
Almost 90 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrests outside the hospital do not survive because they do not receive the immediate help they need, according to the American Heart Association.
"Hands-only CPR is basically where you just perform chest compressions, there is no breathes involved at all," said Sandi Arnold, Director of Clinical.
Arnold said it's a tool you should become familiar with. If you are faced with a situation where someone is experiencing cardiac arrest, you will immediately know what to do.
"Once a patient becomes unconscious and unresponsive, you need to dial 9-1-1 and then immediately start performing chest compressions on this person," Arnold said. "According to the American Heat Association, this will increase a person's chance of survival."
As you are performing the chest compressions, it's recommended you push hard in the center of the chest to the beat of a familiar fast paced song that has about 120 beats per minute. Experts said this allows you to feel more confident performing the technique.
"A lot of times we don't realize we might come into that circumstance or that situation," Arnold said. "Knowing these facts and able to perform this would actually help save a life."
Hattiesburg Clinic is offering the chance for you to learn these skills from professionals during a free session. The clinic will be held April 10th starting at 6 p.m.
You must preregister, and you can call 601-579-3486 to reserve your spot.