Learn CPR with Steve Kerr

3 Steps

Check… Call… Compress
in Case of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

If you see someone collapse unexpectedly this is usually the result of cardiac arrest. Studies have shown that by doing chest compressions only without mouth-to-mouth breathing bystanders increase the person’s chance of survival. Follow these three steps to perform Chest-Compression-Only Resuscitation:


  1. Check for responsiveness. Shake the person and shout, “Are you OK?”
  2. Call--Direct someone to call 9-1-1 or make the call yourself if the person is unresponsive and struggling to breathe (gasping or snoring).
  3. Compress--Begin forceful chest compressions at a rate of 100 per minute. Position the victim back down on the floor.  Place the heel of one hand on top of the other and place the heel of the bottom hand on the center of the victim’s chest.  Lock your elbows and compress the chest forcefully; make sure you lift up enough to let the chest recoil.

If an AED (heart with lightening flash symbol) is available, turn the unit on and follow the voice instructions. If no AED (automated external defibrillator) is available, perform chest compressions continuously until the paramedics arrive. This is physically tiring so if someone else is available, take turns after each 100 chest compressions.
If you suspect drowning or drug overdose, follow standard CPR procedures (alternate 30 chest compressions with two mouth-to-mouth breaths).

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Good Samaritan Laws

The Good Samaritan Laws of the State of Arizona provide that a “Good Samaritan” is not subject to civil liability for personal injury from using an automated external defibrillator (“AED”), unless they act with willful misconduct or gross negligence.

A “Good Samaritan” is a lay person who uses an AED to render emergency care or assistance at the scene of an accident, fire or other life-threatening emergency.

A copy of the Arizona Good Samaritan Laws is available at http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ars/36/02263.htm.

Further information about the Arizona laws can be obtained from the Arizona Department of Health Services SHARE Program website http://azdhs.gov/azshare/AEDFormsInfo.htm.

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