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Save a life? Could be to the beat of disco classic

Published January 27, 2014 4:32 pm

Stayin' Alive • "Hands only" CPR chest compressions have a Bee Gees beat.
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Life or death for someone who collapses could come down to this: "Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother [CPR could keep you] stayin' alive, stayin' alive."

Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay says the Bee Gees disco classic "Stayin' Alive" has just the right beat to guide you in giving "Hands Only" CPR in an emergency.

"Hands Only CPR is a potentially lifesaving technique involving no mouth-to-mouth contact. It is best used in emergencies when someone has seen another person suddenly collapse," Asay states. "The hands-only technique increases the likelihood of surviving cardiac emergencies that occur outside medical settings."

The technique has only two steps to remember. First, call 911 and quickly and clearly provide the dispatcher the address of your location.

Second, given the patient chest compressions by pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the song. "[It] has the right beat for Hands Only CPR," Asay said.

To see the technique demonstrated, point your browser to this link: http://www.piersystem.com/clients/3687/582854.mov.

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