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CPR Training: How Disco May Just Save Your Life

Friday, December 18, 2015

Someone falls to the floor and you see that he is not breathing. Do you know what to do?

If you imagine yourself fumbling for your phone to call 9-1-1, you are well on your way to helping save the person’s life. While summoning emergency responders is the crucial first step, you can greatly increase the odds of helping someone in a life-threatening crisis by getting down on your knees and administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). By doing so, you are doubling or tripling a victim’s chance of survival.

Did you know that only 32 percent of those who suffer from cardiac arrest receive CPR from a bystander? One reason this may be happening is the fact that an estimated 70 percent of Americans do not know how to perform CPR, or they have allowed their training to lapse to the point where they do not feel comfortable doing it. The truth is that if more people knew and were comfortable performing CPR, cardiac arrest death rates would drop.

Travelers supports the Mobile CPR Project, which offers CPR training in communities that have low rates of CPR knowledge. The goal of the project is to train as many people as possible so they can use these skills to save lives.

How Metronomes Help People Administer CPR Correctly

CPR must be done correctly to help someone in cardiac distress. You can press on a person’s chest, but if you are not doing it at the right depth and rate of compressions, you may not be helping.

Metronomes, which click at a rhythm at a particular beat per minute, are a great tool for learning the right number of compressions. For example, the disco classic “Stayin’ Alive” has 103 beats per minute. The recommended amount of compressions in CPR is 100 to 120 per minute. Thus, practicing to the beat of that Bee Gees track can help you learn the right approach.

Disco not your thing? Here are some other songs that fall in the CPR appropriate range:

  •  “Cecila” – Simon and Garfunkel
  • “Hard to Handle” – The Black Crowes
  • “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynard
  • “Rock Your Body” – Justin Timberlake
  • “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
  • “MMMBop” – Hanson
  • “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
  • “Gives You Hell” – The All American Rejects

 These songs will help you achieve the right number of compressions per minute, but you also must ensure the depth of those compressions is 5 cm to 6 cm.

Training is really the only way to learn the proper technique for administering CPR.

You never know who may suffer from cardiac arrest around you—it could be a loved one or a perfect stranger. Sign up for CPR training, save one or more of the above songs to your phone, and become confident that in an emergency you could perform CPR and save someone’s life.


Material posted on this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal opinion or medical advice. Contact your legal representative or medical professional for information specific to your legal or medical needs.

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