Music helps learn Hands-Only CPR

Updated:May 29,2014


CPR & First Aid LogoKANSAS (May 29, 2014) – Do you know the two simple steps of Hands-Only™ CPR? Then you’re ready to help save a life.

If you don’t, then the American Heart Association and WellPoint Foundation want you to listen up.

Just in time for National CPR Awareness Week (June 1-7), the organizations are dropping a new beat on their ongoing Hands-Only CPR national awareness campaign and mobile tour with the help of the world-renowned music mixologist, DJ Earworm.

Hands-Only CPR has just two simple steps: 1) If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1; and 2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic Bee Gees’ song “Stayin’ Alive.”

Now, in an effort to spread this lifesaving message to a younger generation, the organizations collaborated with DJ Earworm to create a mash-up of other well-known songs that have the right rate to guide compressions for Hands-Only CPR, and coincidentally, have a life-saving message.

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death with over 420,000 out-of-hospital cases occurring every year in the United States. When a teen or adult has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. Survival rates drop as much as 10 percent for every minute that goes by without intervention. The Bees Gees’ hit song "Stayin’ Alive" and the songs in Earworm’s new “Hands-Only CPR Mash-Up” have rates of at least 100 beats per minute, the same rate recommended for performing Hands-Only CPR.

“Hands-only CPR is one of the easiest and most beneficial life-saving techniques that everyone can learn,” said Vickie Frank, executive director of Heart and Vascular Services at Shawnee Mission Health. “The more people who are trained to perform Hands-only CPR in emergency situations, the more lives we can save.”

In fact, Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be equally as effective as CPR with breaths, and people are more likely to feel comfortable performing it. A December 2012 study published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation found that Hands-Only CPR performed by bystanders keeps more people alive with good brain function after experiencing a cardiac arrest. According to the American Heart Association, people feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rhythm when trained to the beat of a familiar song.

With the support of the WellPoint Foundation, the American Heart Association launched a 3-year national campaign and mobile tour in June 2012 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 has trained over 16,000 people and will round out its third year visiting the last eight cities of the 24 city tour that has driven across the country to teach thousands of people the easy steps to save a life. To find out when the mobile tour is stopping in your city, please visit: http://www.heart.org/handsonlycpr.

As part of the third year of the national Hands-Only CPR campaign, the American Heart Association debuted the new “Hands-Only CPR Mash-up” along with digital promotions and a one-minute Hands-Only CPR demo video to train Americans in the life-saving technique.

• Hands-Only CPR Demo Video
Eighty percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings. The life you save with CPR will most likely be a loved one. Would you be prepared to act if someone you love or a stranger collapses from cardiac arrest? Watch and learn the simple steps to help save a life with Hands-Only CPR. If you know the two steps to Hands-Only CPR, you're ready to help save a life.

• Hands-Only CPR Lifesaver Mash-up
Hands-Only CPR has just two simple steps. If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse,
(1) Call 9-1-1; and
(2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive” or any of these lifesaving hits until help arrives!

View the DJ Earworm CPR Video 

To learn more about the Hands-Only CPR campaign and get ready to save a life visit www.heart.org/handsonlycpr or facebook.com/AHACPR.