- Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S.
Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be equally as effective as conventional mouth-to-mouth CPR, and people are more likely to feel comfortable performing it. The American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation, states that chest compression-only CPR performed by bystanders keeps more people alive with good brain function after having a sudden cardiac arrest.
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death with nearly 360,000 out-of-hospital cases occurring every year in the United States. When a teen or adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby, especially since survival rates drop as much as 10% for every minute that goes by without intervention. The Bees Gees’ hit song “Stayin’ Alive” has more than 100 beats per minute, which is the rate you should push on the chest during Hands-Only CPR.
“A few years ago, when I was teaching a CPR class, it occurred to me that a familiar song’s beat would be an easy and fun way for people to remember the correct rhythm for CPR chest compressions, and make them feel more confident doing it,” said Dr. Alson Inaba, M.D. “If you begin Hands-Only CPR to the beat of the Bee Gees’ ‘Stayin’ Alive’ immediately on a teen or adult who collapses from sudden cardiac arrest, you can double or triple their chances of survival.”
With the support of the WellPoint Foundation, the American Heart Association launched the 3-year national campaign and mobile tour to raise awareness of Hands-Only CPR as a lifesaving method and to increase the likelihood of people performing CPR in an emergency. The interactive Hands-Only CPR mobile tour will visit at least 24 cities across the country through Fall 2014 to teach thousands of people the easy steps to save a life. To find out when the mobile tour is visiting your city, please visit: http://www.heart.org/handsonlycpr.
If you can’t remember all the lyrics, use the chorus.
You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.
Feel the city breakin’
And ev’rybody shakin’
And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha,
Ah, ha, ha, ha,