American Red Cross of Knox County, Ohio

300 North Mulberry Street
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Office: 740-397-6300
Fax: 740-397-6093

Compression Only CPR

A video on how to give compression-only CPR

In a life-threatening emergency, doing something is better than doing nothing at all. If you haven't been trained or can't recall how to perform full CPR, the Red Cross recommends two simple steps to help someone survive a cardiac arrest:

  • Call or have someone call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • Give continuous chest compressions until medical help takes over.

Compression-Only CPR enables untrained bystanders to react and respond when they witness an adult or adolescent suddenly collapse.

Compression-Only CPR involves giving continuous chest compressions to adults or adolescents (at the rate of 100 compressions per minute). Compression-Only CPR is not recommended for children or infants.

Compression-Only CPR takes a few minutes to learn, is easy to remember and can help save a life.

The Red Cross encourages people to get full CPR training and to have at least one person in everyone household trained in lifesaving skills.

Training in full CPR is important because it can be performed on adults as well as children and infants and enables you to help in other emergencies.

The Red Cross offers other lifesaving skill courses like how to help someone when someone is choking, first aid or how to use an AED.

Even when administering Compression-Only CPR, it's important for people to know where to place their hands or how much pressure to apply to the chest. That's why the Red Cross has created a home kit that allows people to practice Compression-Only CPR.

The "First Aid and CPR for Everyone" kit includes information on proper hand placement and comes with a compression practice tool that helps identify the amount of pressure needed to properly administer chest compressions.

The kit is available on and also includes an instructional DVD, emergency action steps wallet card, and an emergency first aid guide.

In a life-threatening emergency, doing something is better than doing nothing at all. Call the American Red Cross of Knox County Chapter Office at 740-397-6300 to sign up for First Aid/CPR training today!