Frequently Asked Questions

What is compression-only CPR?

Compression-only or hands-only CPR has only to steps two remember:
Calling 911 and pushing on the center of the chest 100 times per minute, hard and fast to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive”.  Conventional CPR required checking for a pulse, opening the airway and initiating rescue breathing. These components are no longer needed and not part of the compression-only CPR.

Why should I learn compression only CPR?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death. Over 300,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States. Performing compression-only or hands-only CPR can greatly increase a victim’s chance of survival. In the past when someone collapsed fewer than 30% of the time CPR was performed. Now with the new CPR bystanders are attempting CPR 70% of the time.

Will the victim be harmed by not breathing for them?

Research has shown that compression-only CPR produces better nutrition for the victim’s organs than conventional CPR with rescue breathing. Breathing was often done improperly, wasted time, and did not add to survival. Removing the rescue breaths encourages people to attempt CPR because it is much easier to perform.

Can I hurt someone when pressing on the chest so hard?

If you do nothing, the victim will die. It is possible to fracture ribs with compression-only CPR but those will heal.

What is my liability if I perform CPR?

The Good Samaritan laws protect you from any liability if you perform CPR. In New Mexico, the law also protects the layperson who utilizes the automated external defibrillator (AED).

How long does the training take?

PHS training sessions lasts only about 40 minutes and are divided into watching a 12 minute video, produced by KOAT and Dr. Barry Ramo, followed by a 15 minute skill session led by the facilitator and a short demonstration of an AED.

Is this a certification course?

PHS training session will not provide a certification. Participants will however receive a wallet card reminding them of the steps. If you or your group needs to be CPR certified please refer to organizations like the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross to get the training which is typically 4 hours long for CPR alone and will not be free.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for public PHS trainings. However, donations to the NMHI Foundation are appreciated to help us continue our efforts.

When are the training’s offered?

The NMHI  Foundation together with volunteer planning committees from across the state organizes an annual NM Project Heart Start Day in June. The 2016 PHS Day is on Saturday, June 18th! Mark your calendar. Details and locations will be announced in the spring.

In addition, other organizations are planning their own PHS training’s in their communities throughout the year. If the foundation is aware of these events details can be found on the events calendar.