For those not trained in standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (compressions and rescue breaths), the recommended course of action is to do ‘Hands Only CPR’ after 911 has been contacted.
Hands only CPR should be started as soon as possible after a person is unresponsive, and has stopped breathing or gone into cardiac arrest. The sooner it is started the better chance the person has of surviving.
The benefit of hands only CPR is that it can be done without any equipment, and it does not pose the same risks as doing mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths. The standard recommendation is that compressions should be administered to the beat of “Staying Alive”, by the Bee Gees (at a rate of 100/minute). Compressions should be done at the center of the persons chest, be continued until EMS arrives.
Here are two fun celebrity PSAs about hands only CPR, enjoy!