Feel Good Friday – Disco Does Save Lives! Really. It Does.

by admin on January 17, 2014

With two first responders in the family, this was a popular video. Who knew that the Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive” has the perfect rate of compressions beats to administer CPR?

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Fenland Fairy January 17, 2014 at 5:29 am

In the 2012/2013 UK the British Heart Foundation ran an advert featuring Vinnie Jones(Lock, Stock and Two Barrels actor, former Wimbledon Soccer player) playing his “Hard Man” role doing CPR to the same tune. Vinnie may look the wrong person to be the front man for the BHF but his wife had a heart transplant 15 years of so ago and he is well known for his support for BHF.

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Outdoor Girl January 17, 2014 at 9:08 am

Row, Row, Row Your Boat is perfect cadence for chest compressions, too. Taught to me in a First Aid course by a first responder. He did say, though, to make sure you sing under your breath so as not to alarm the bystanders, particularly if they are family to the patient. :-)

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coralreef January 17, 2014 at 9:17 am

LOVE the disco balls on the boom trucks. :D

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MollyMonster January 17, 2014 at 9:27 am

I did. My friend that was an EMT used that one or if they were feeling pessimistic, “Another One Bites The Dust” has the right tempo too. ;)

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Lily January 17, 2014 at 9:38 am

This was amazing! Shared with my whole family

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CJ January 17, 2014 at 9:45 am

The most ironic thing is that one other song has been identified as having the perfect rate of compressions beats to administer CPR – Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”.

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Chrysla January 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

Fun! And I learned something. I’m going to show this to my High School anatomy students – I think they will enjoy it and learn something as well.

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WillyNilly January 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Any song that has 100 BPM will work, its just that “Stayin’ Alive” has the catchy song title to help us remember it. For more songs check the internet (such as here: http://bethebeat.heart.org/aha_playlist.pdf)

It is also important to remember two things (both mentioned towards the end of this video):
1. Don’t bother with the breathing unless you are a professional, just do chest compressions. It it is no longer recommended you stop and give someone 2 breathes after 30 compressions, just keep compressing.
2. If they aren’t breathing and their heart isn’t beating you can’t hurt or kill them any more then they are already hurt or dead. Don’t be shy about pulling them to the floor for a hard surface, or of breaking their sternum or a rib, just compress! Its better to be alive with a broken bone then dead with an intact skeleton.

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technobabble January 17, 2014 at 2:51 pm

The last CPR course I took, the instructor told us to do the chest compressions to “Stayin’ Alive”. Clever, because it’s something that you would be likely to remember, even in a stressful emergency situation.

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MsCopper January 17, 2014 at 4:41 pm

That is how I learned in my CPR class 10 or so years ago.. Perfect.

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magicdomino January 18, 2014 at 2:46 pm

The disco balls on the ladders made me laugh. And now I’m ready to perform CPR because “Staying Alive” is stuck in my head.

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Tanz January 18, 2014 at 7:45 pm

I was taught to use “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen – handy, as I love Queen :)

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Anonymous January 18, 2014 at 10:40 pm

I actually did know about “Staying Alive.” I learned it last winter, when I most recently re-certified my Standard First Aid and CPR. I’ve had at least some form of first aid training since I was about eight or nine, and I try to make a point of keeping my certification current. I think kids should be taught first aid and CPR in school as a matter of course, as well as basic swimming lessons, because it’s a safety thing–teaching kids to swim is the best way to prevent drowning, and as for first aid and CPR, they’re skills that you really hope you’ll never need, but you’re really glad you have them when the need comes up.

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Phoebe161 January 21, 2014 at 9:25 am

Loved it! Sending a link to all my EMT/paramedic/fire-fighting/training friends and co-workers.

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