Singing “Stayin’ Alive”: And It’s Not For John Travolta To Dance But For Ordinary People To Breathe Life back Into Others

Animated Hands Only CPR being performed

 

 

 

Healthy-lifestyle supporter Joe Issa, is mulling recommendations by experts, that everyone performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on persons who have stopped breathing and to do so to the beat of the monster 1990s hit song “Stayin’ Alive” as this could one day save someone’s life.

“I am surprised that experts are encouraging everyone on the street and in public places to perform CPR on a person who has stopped breathing, despite not having any training in hands only or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

“But with many people afraid of intervening for fear of worsening the situation, I am encouraged by the experts’ suggestion that in this circumstance it is better to do something than to do nothing.

“Apparently, the goal of the hands only CPR is to perform it at the rate of 100 compressions per minute, a beat found in one of the songs that John Travolta danced to in the movie Saturday Night Fever, which the experts want sang while compressing in time to the beat of the song.

“Now, while I understand that in performing hands only CPR it has to be done fast and rhythmically, I am pleasantly surprised to find out that this life-giving rhythm was found in a song by the Bee Gees, given that their hit song “Tragidy” preceded the death of one of the brothers by cardiac arrest.

 


Joe Issa, head of Coolcorp

 

 

Issa was referencing Consumer Reports’ “Your Guide to the New, Smarter CPR” that appeared in Yahoo News, in which the experts say the easiest way to know how to perform hands only CPR on a person who has stopped breathing is to apply it to the beat of the Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive”.

“You want to push down on the center of the chest, hard and fast, trying to compress at least 2 inches down,” senior director of science and content development for the American Red Cross, Jonathan L. Epstein, is quoted as saying.

According to the article, every year some 350,000 people suffer cardiac arrest—when the heart suddenly stops working—away from the relative safety of a hospital. Whether they receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation right away can mean the difference between life and death.

It cites research, including a large Swedish study published in the journal Circulation, which has found that the willingness of bystanders to perform CPR can result in a twofold increase in a victim’s chance of survival.

But it said research also shows that many people are afraid to jump in and help. Less than a third of people who go into sudden cardiac arrest receive CPR from a bystander.

 

According to the story, experts report that people hesitate to do CPR because they haven’t had training, are afraid of doing it wrong, or even fear they might get sued if they cause an unintentional injury.

But thanks to Good Samaritan laws in every state, you can’t be sued if you act in good faith in an emergency. “And the risk of injuring someone is quite low; you can really only make them better, not worse,” says Epstein.

For this reason, experts say fear and even a lack of formal training shouldn’t stop you from intervening in an emergency. In fact, evidence has emerged in the past 10 years that a technique called “hands-only CPR,” where you do chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, can be just as effective as doing both.

A Cleveland Clinic survey released in 2018 found that while more than half of Americans said they knew CPR, only 1 in 6 knew that hands-only CPR is a recommended method. And only about 1 in 10 of the 1,000 people surveyed knew the correct beat pace for compressions.

According to the article, hands-only CPR is much less complicated, making it a good choice if one has limited (or even zero) training.

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