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Amy Umble is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star

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‘Stayin Alive’ and CPR

At an EMT-refresher course last weekend we talked a lot about CPR.

The American Heart Association guidelines call for the person doing the compressions to push hard and fast on the victim’s chest, 100 times a minute. Our instructor said that one way to reach and maintain that pace is to recall the 1977 Bee Gees song, “Stayin Alive.” The song was recorded at that speed, about 103 beats per minute. I went home that day and bought a copy of the song from iTunes. I remembered it, but I wanted to listen again and hear what 100 beats per minute sounded like.

Anyway,  while we were in class, hovered over the mannequin, pushing hard and fast, with the words, “Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk, I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk,” running through our heads, one of the guys in the class offered an alternative to the old Bee Gees song. He said there is another song you can use, also recorded at 100 beats a minute, the 1980 Queen song, “Another One Bites the Dust.”  

The American Heart Association has a one-minute video demonstrating its “Hand’s Only” technique for CPR. The Bee Gees’ song provides the background for the video. It can be viewed HERE.

A YouTube video of Queen performing its song is HERE.