Everyone can save a life with Hands Only CPR

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Everyone can save a life. That's the powerful message behind a new campaign encouraging people to know Hands Only CPR.

It only takes a minute to learn.

Ashley Newman is a young, healthy dancer, but during rehearsal last year she went into cardiac arrest.

"I was putting my things away, and that's the last memory I have. I woke up in the hospital," said Newman.

The 32 year old's heart began beating irregularly, triggered by exercise.

"You were not moving, not breathing, not talking and your face had gone completely purple," remembered Newman's dance instructor, Chase Brock.

Her dance instructor called 911, while two others started Hands Only CPR.

"Hands only CPR is the standard now. You don't have to do mouth to mouth," Dr. Holly Andersen of NewYork-Presbyterian explained.

NewYork-Presbyterian is launching a new Hands Only CPR campaign this week to show people it only takes one minute to learn the three life-saving steps.

  • Step 1 Check.. if you don't see any breathing or movement
  • Step 2 Call 911 immediately
  • Step 3 Compress

Dr. Holly Andersen says without CPR, 92% of people die before making it to the hospital. "Many people are dying of this because communities don't react. We want to empower people to know what to do, how to respond."

Ashley was diagnosed with a heart problem so she now has a defibrillator. And one year later, she is back to dancing. "It was a really special moment because I didn't think I would ever dance again."

Every minute without CPR, the chances for survival go down 10 percent.