Any one of us could find him- or herself on hand when someone collapses. This could be a stranger on the street or an acquaintance or loved one at home, work, or school. Even if you haven’t recently (or ever) taken a CPR course or refresher class, you can still take simple steps to triple that person’s chances of survival.
If you see an adult or teenager collapse, all you need to do is this:
- Call for an ambulance.
- Push hard and fast in the centre of the chest to the beat of your favourite life-saving tune (see list below).
Here’s a demonstration from the American Heart Association:
It is crucial that you get the rhythm of your chest compressions right. This should be between 100 and 120 beats per minute (BPM). Here are a few recognisable songs you could use to help you keep time:
- Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees
- Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
- The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s theme) from The Empire Strikes Back
- Agadoo by Black Lace
Send us your suggestions for more songs with 100-120 BPM and we will add them to the list!
Want to learn more? Check out our online course, How to Save a Life!