Dr. Gregory Brammer has developed a reputation as an innovator in the field of advanced cardiac life support and has been involved in the training of many paramedics on the subject, particularly during his tenure as a Physician Supervisor for the Washington Area Fire Departments and a range of EMS providers in the Greater Seattle area. Basic CPR is a technique that even those outside of the medical profession can use, so follow these steps should you ever find yourself in a position where you need to apply hands-only CPR.
- Place the heel of your hand on the patient’s breastbone, which is at the center of the chest, then place your other hand on top and interlock your fingers.
- Position yourself correctly by keeping your shoulders above your hands.
- Use your entire body weight to push down into the chest to a depth of 5-6cm/2-2.5 inches.
- Keeping your hands on the chest, release the compression and allow the chest to return to its natural position.
- Repeat these compressions in quick success, achieving a rate between 100 and 120 compressions per minute until an ambulance arrives and emergency medical professionals can take over.
Dr. Gregory Brammer understands that there is potential for more lives to be saved if more people are capable of carrying out hands-only CPR. If you are having trouble with these steps, there are a number of stores that provide practice dummies that you can use to develop your technique so that you are prepared if an emergency situation does arise.