New ‘Hands Only CPR’ gives everyone the chance to save a life

Saving a life can be done in one simple push.

The NYPD and New York Presbyterian Hospital are pushing the new one-hand CPR technique, known as "Hands Only CPR" that everyone can use — and save a life in the process.

Scores of cops and students at lower Manhattan's Murry Bergtraum High School got a quick lesson in how to administer Hands Only CPR at One Police Plaza Thursday.

There are three simple rules to the technique, if someone goes into cardiac arrest in front of you, you should check for responsiveness, call 911, then compress hard and fast in the middle of the person's chest.

"Events like this are of critical importance," said NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill as he reviewed the training.

"Everybody always imagines that you are on the subway or walking down the sidewalk and someone collapses, but people don't really know what to do."

"It is a good way we can prepare everybody in case something does happen," O'Neill said. "Whether it's a stranger or a family member, this is just information people should have."

"We want to do nothing short of changing the social norms so that people don't recoil in fear when they see a cardiac arrest," said Dr. Holly Andersen, director of educational outreach for the Perelman Institute at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

"You don't have to do mouth-to-mouth anymore, you don't have to worry about being sued because there are good Samaritan laws in every state."

"The worst thing you can do is do nothing," Andersen said.

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