Hands Only CPR training video
Video courtesy American Heart Association
The Bee Gees' disco-era classic “Stayin' Alive” could be a lifesaver.
It’s long had a beat that you can walk down the sidewalk in a white polyester suit to, but it also provides near-perfect pacing for performing a simplified form of CPR, or so says the American Heart Association.
Hands-Only CPR is simple and can be performed by most anyone. Even better, it can be a lifesaver when no one properly trained in standard CPR with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is available.
The first step is to have someone call 911, or dial it yourself if you have to, tell the dispatcher what’s going on and give precise details of the location. Then put your cell phone on speaker so the dispatcher can help you, and get to work. Press hard and fast on the center of the victim’s chest between the nipples, pressing about 100-120 times per minute.
Just think “ah-ha-ha-ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive,” and you’ve got it down.
And if you’re no fan of disco? Any other tune that gets you going at about 100 beats or so a minute will do. Check out this eclectic playlist from New York Presbyterian Hospital with tunes from artists including Modest Mouse, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Missy Elliott and Queen.
The AHA also has a Spotify playlist with more contemporary tunes to get you moving to the proper beat.
You can learn more about the technique and create your own CPR-beat-friendly tune when the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour makes stops in Richmond on Saturday and Monday.
An event will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday outside the University of Richmond’s Robins Stadium, and a community CPR event is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Sports Backers Stadium, 100 Avenue of Champions. Food trucks and Sierra Nevada beer will be available at the Monday event, which is sponsored by AHA, Richmond Sports Backers and VCU Health.
The Anthem Foundation provided a grant in support of the heart association's hands-onlly CPR campaign.
You’ll use a looping pedal to create your song, which will be played back as you learn the technique. It will have the appropriate timing of 100 to 120 beats per minute.
“Music brings people together in many ways and can be an effective teaching tool for CPR,” says Michelle McLees, director of communications for the AHA in Central Virginia. “By giving people the opportunity to create their own songs to learn CPR at these two events, the American Heart Association is providing a memorable experience that will hopefully inspire others to be prepared to take action and start Hands-Only CPR if they witness a cardiac arrest.”
Training also will be conducted in groups to popular tunes selected by participants. Instructors will be on hand for those 20-minute sessions. Participants will also receive free training materials, including a practice dummy. Such training usually costs about $38.
Why take the time for this? Because you could save a loved one’s life. The Heart Association says that more than 350,000 Americans go into cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year. This simple form of CPR has proved to be just as effective as traditional CPR if administered early, according to AHA. Also, if you’re trained in the method, you’ll be more confident and more likely to try to save someone who may be in cardiac arrest. You could double or triple a victim’s odds of survival if you’re able to do this simple technique.
"The most likely place that someone will suffer cardiac arrest is in the home, which makes it extraordinarily important to know CPR," says Jeff Ferguson of VCU Health's emergency medicine department. "Knowing CPR not only increases chance of survival, but it extends our ability to care for a patient by allowing everyone to be part of the treatment team."
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A Hands-Only CPR training event (Photo courtesy American Heart Association Mid Atlantic Affiliate)
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