Disco Song May Save Lives with Hands-Only™ CPR

If someone dropped to the floor and needed CPR, would you know what to do after calling 911?

The clever health professionals at the American Heart Association have launched a campaign to teach people the basics of Hands-Only CPR. Using the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive,” the AHA online video instructs viewers how fast chest compressions need to be to help save someone’s life.

CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival, according to the AHA. The song “Stayin’ Alive” has the right beat for Hands-Only CPR.

“People feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct compression rate when trained to the beat of ‘Stayin’ Alive,’” said Dr. Alson Inaba, M.D., the American Heart Association CPR instructor credited with first using the song to help students recall the right rate of compressions. “Not only is it a fun, catchy and memorable way to remember what to do, but it works – people’s lives have been saved because of it.”

Source: American Heart Association news release

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