What is Compression Only CPR?

Compression only CPR is traditional CPR that is performed with no breaths in-between the compressions. The compressions are performed continuously and without counting until emergency medical help arrives. Compression only CPR is best to use when it is not safe for the first responder to give breaths. One example of a situation where compression only CPR may be used, might be a car accident where the victim’s face is covered in blood (and, the initial responder does not have PPE or a barrier device). It would not be safe for a first responder to give breaths to a victim whose face is covered in blood. Providing compression only CPR to the victim in this scenario would ensure that the victim’s blood continues to pump throughout the body, keeping the heart and other vital organs alive until paramedics are able to arrive and take over. Another example where compression only CPR could be used, is if you come upon a victim who is passed out with vomit on their face. Just like in the previous example, it would not be safe for a first responder to give breaths to the victim. If you do not feel safe for any other reason giving breaths to a victim, compression only CPR should be used to ensure personal safety of the first responder. 

CPR and first aid online instruction covers both traditional CPR and compression only CPR. CPR recert online programs also cover compression only CPR instruction. With current events and social distancing mandates in place, compression only CPR allows first responders to maintain a safe distance from the victim while providing lifesaving support. CPR instructor course online programs can give other scenarios and examples of ways to use compression only CPR. Compression only CPR is just as effective as traditional CPR when performed correctly. If you are new to CPR, you’ll need to remember to go deep enough in chest compressions to circulate blood and oxygen throughout the body.  Staying up to date on your CPR certification and renewals can help strengthen your skills and technique in addition to learning newer trends in BLS, or basic life support. CPR and compression only CPR saves lives. Sign up for CPR certification and be prepared in any medical emergency.

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