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Hands-Only CPR Program LEARN IT | TEACH IT | USE IT

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops and can no longer pump blood to the brain or vital organs. About 40 people each hour have a cardiac arrest while not in a hospital, and just over nine out of 10 do not survive, according to AHA statistics. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.

Where you live matters! People who live in African-American, Hispanic, and lower-income neighborhoods are more likely than others to die from a cardiac arrest. In fact, African-Americans and Hispanic cardiac arrest victims are also 30% less likely to have someone stop and perform CPR.

What is the AHA Doing?

We are excited to launch the new Hands-Only CPR Program! Using your community’s data, we focus CPR training in the neighborhoods where it can make the most impact.
Phase 1: Identify
Phase 1: Identify
Use data to identify high-risk neighborhoods and sites
for targeted CPR education
and training.
Phase 2: Implement
Phase 2: Implement
Work with local high-risk
neighborhood residents to implement a train-the-trainer
CPR educational program.
Phase 3: Track
Phase 3: Track
Track your results to see
the numbers of people
trained and the health impact
on your community.

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Participating Cities Chicago Columbus Ohio Denver Tampa Add your City to our list! Join the Hands-Only CPR Program today!

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  1. American Stroke Association - FAST Hands-Only CPR Handout (English) PDF
  2. American Stroke Association - FAST Hands-Only CPR Handout (Spanish) PDF
  3. Denver Hands-Only Program Report PDF
PUBLICATIONS (Each link below opens a new window)  
  1. The HANDDS program: a systematic approach for addressing disparities in the provision of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  2. Multiple cluster analysis for the identification of high-risk census tracts for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in Denver, Colorado.
  3. Disparities in bystander CPR provision and survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest according to neighborhood ethnicity.
  4. Availability and quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation information for Spanish-speaking population on the Internet.
  5. Barriers and facilitators to learning and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation in neighborhoods with low bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation prevalence and high rates of cardiac arrest in Columbus, OH.
  6. American Heart Association Guide for Improving Cardiovascular Health at the Community Level, 2013 update: a scientific statement for public health practitioners, healthcare providers, and health policy makers.
  7. Increasing cardiopulmonary resuscitation provision in communities with low bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation rates: a science advisory from the American Heart Association for healthcare providers, policymakers, public health departments, and community leaders.
  8. Executive summary: heart disease and stroke statistics--2014 update: a report from the American Heart Association.
  9. Association of neighborhood characteristics with bystander-initiated CPR.
  10. “CPR lessons expand to minority, low-income US communities: Providing assistance where needed most.”  Nation’s Health. American Public Health Association.