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Hands-Only CPR

Hands-Only CPR is ideal for High Schools and Live Events

CPR Can Double Or Triple A Person's Chance of Survival

Our CPR initiative is designed to give any high school that goes through the program an opportunity to be better prepared whenever someone suffers an unexpected cardiac arrest. The same is true for live public safety fairs. Remember – If performed immediately, CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

Every High School Student Needs This Course


It doesn’t happen every day, but we are so thrilled every time a high school student or graduate tells us they saved a family member due to the training they received. Although not everyone can be saved (depending on the circumstances), at least having the training can improve the chance of survival.

In California, Assembly Bill 1719 requires that students complete a hands only CPR course prior to graduation. The bill provided no funding for this requirement, and many schools are unable to support the training. MySafe:LA is a valued partner in this endeavor.


How Does It Work?

Teaching high school students how to perform hands-only CPR is simple, easily retainable, and creates a more resilient campus. A complete Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP) is an essential component to every 21st Century learning center’s readiness capabilities. To learn more about how a CERP can impact your high school, please see the attached American Heart Association Policy Brief.

MySafe:LA is supporting the concept of CERP in Los Angeles Unified School District campuses. The developmental process includes:
  • Teaching high school students how to perform CPR and use an AED
  • Teaching faculty how to perform CPR and use an AED (if required)
  • Providing a template for creation of a campus CERP document
  • Encouraging the campus (faculty and students) to register for PulsePoint software
  • Tracking how and where this training has taken place
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Could Strike Anyone

We Teach Adults, Too!

Our instructors provide CPR training for adults, both in corporate (certified) and public event settings (hands-only). We’ve even taught employees in both city and corporate engagements to perform CPR. There’s no better way to be prepared to save a life!

The Value of Hands-Only CPR

Hands-only CPR was introduced in 2008 as a way to get lay people to act immediately upon witnessing a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Now, more than 14 years later, multiple studies have demonstrated that hands-only CPR is far better than just observing, and is the best course of action for untrained bystanders.

The key to Hands-only CPR is that bystanders are more willing to get involved. Some of the situations where bystander participation become vital includes:
  • Bystanders are more confident to apply hands-only CPR
  • Rescue breaths may not be necessary, if the patient is witnessed or discovered immediately
  • Untrained people get confused about how many compressions to provide

Ensure The Patient Gets The Best Chance For Survival

In the classroom, the patient is discovered immediately, and certified CPR is the answer. In the real world, hands-only CPR is an effective way to get bystanders to step in and act. If you’re uncertain whether to use hands-only CPR vs. traditional CPR, consider the following:
  • Did someone witness the patient (teen or adult) collapsing?
  • Is there the possibility of contagion?
  • Is your CPR training out of date?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, immediately perform hands-only CPR while sending another bystander to call 911 and find the nearest AED.

Beyond Hands-Only CPR — Get Certified

When you’re certified in CPR, you learn a lot more than how to apply chest compressions. You’ll learn how to (safely) provide “rescue breaths,” how to respond to a child and even an infant. You’ll also learn about a variety of unique situations where certification is the best method of attempting to save a life. 

Let's collaborate

If you'd like to have your students or employees trained in CPR, we'd love to hear from you. Together, we can improve survivability from cardiac arrest.

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