Here it is the article you have all been waiting for. The best songs to perform CPR to. We like the staying alive song the best and use this in our course but all will be at a good speed. Book in to a first aid course to get trained in CPR as soon as you can. You never know when you will arrive at a CPR emergency.
- New York Presbyterian Hospital released a 40-track CPR playlist
- The songs have about 100 beats per minute, matching the rate of at least 100 chest compression per 60 seconds
- The Bee Gees’ 1977 hit Stayin’ Alive came out as the most recommended song
- Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love and Justin Timberlake’s Rock Your Body were also on the playlist
Sometimes, music literally save lives.
In an effort to help train first responders in hands-only CPR, New York Presbyterian Hospital has released a 40-song playlist whose beats per minute match the number of chest compressions.
The Bee Gees’ 1977 hit – and aptly named – Stayin’ Alive took the number one spot.
Artists from Beyoncé to Justin Timberlake to ABBA also had songs on the set list.
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On a 40-track playlist released by New York Presbyterian Hospital, Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees came out as the best song to perform CPR to
TOP 10 SONGS FOR SAVING LIVES
1. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
2. Cecilia – Simon and Garfunkel
3. Hard to Handle – The Black Crowes
4. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
5. Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake
6. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
7. MMMBop – Hanson
8. Gives You Hell – The All-American Rejects
9. Heartbreaker – Mariah Carey ft Jay Z
10. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
Stayin’ Alive, the disco hit made popular by the movie Saturday Night Fever, has a rhythm of 103 beats per minute.
This is close to the recommended rate of at least 100 chest compressions per 60 seconds that should be delivered during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Additionally, doctors say, the song is well known enough to be useful in teaching the general public to effectively perform the lifesaving maneuver.
The 40-song list, which has a duration rate of two hours and 28 minutes of CPR jams, also includes songs like ABBA’s Dancing Queen and Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love.
Pop fans can enjoy tracks from Missy Elliot and Justin Timberlake, while alt-rock aficionados can choose from Fall Out Boy or the All-American Rejects.
Despite the number of times CPR ‘saves’ someone’s life on TV, it has an abysmal success rate in real life.
Only about eight percent of CPR patients are saved by the procedure, even when backup help is called immediately.
Those who’ve had to be saved with CPR are likely to experience other painful injuries, as well, such as crushed or ruptured organs.
However, performing CPR more than doubles the survival rate of patients who go into cardiac arrest.
THE CPR PLAYLIST
In a study, researchers at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan used new songs to instruct a group of newly-hired nurses to perform CPR.
‘The quality of CPR is the key to [helping] the victim recover,’ lead researcher Dr Yoshihiro Yamahata said.
‘Our solution to master adequate CPR skills is to put the educational words on several famous songs with 112 beats per minute and eight beats per measure, he said.
Researchers used two tracks in the study. The first was The Beatles’ Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, with educational words replacing the original lyrics.
The other track was an entirely new song composed by children, which the researchers called New Melody.
For the study, 74 nurses were divided into several groups. The nurses learned how to perform CPR to the beat of either the New Melody or Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.
Another group learned without music and instead used a device that provides verbal feedback on the efficacy of chest compressions.
This group was later tested without the device.
Results showed that the nurses performed chest compressions better with music and that CPR was best performed to Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.
The power that music has to help people memorize tasks has long been noted, in many settings other than just CPR, Dr Yamahata said.
In a music class for school children that he instructed, experimenting with adding educational words on famous animation songs helped them learn concepts better.
HOW TO PERFORM CPR
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.
When the heart stops, the lack of oxygenated blood can cause brain damage in only a few minutes. A person may die within eight to 10 minutes.
CPR can keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs until more definitive medical treatment can restore a normal heart rhythm.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that everyone – both untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike – begin CPR with chest compressions.
This is because the song has a rhythm of 103 beats per minute, which is close to the rate of at least 100 chest compressions per 60 seconds that should be delivered during CPR
CPR doubles the survival rate of patients who go into cardiac arrest even though only about eight percent of CPR patients are saved by the procedure, even when backup help is called immediately
To learn CPR properly, take an accredited first-aid training course. CPR for adults is different than for children and infants.
The American Heart Association uses the acronym of CAB – compressions, airway, breathing – to help people remember the order to perform the steps of CPR.
1. Compressions: Restore blood circulation
- Make sure the person is on their back on a firm surface
- Kneel next to the person’s neck and shoulders
- Place the heel of one hand over the center of the person’s chest, between the nipples and place your other hand on top of the first hand
- Keep your elbows straight and position your shoulders directly above your hands
- Use your upper body weight to push straight down on (compress) the chest between two and 2.4 inches
- Push hard at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions a minute
- If you haven’t been trained in CPR, continue chest compressions until there are signs of movement or until emergency medical personnel take over. If you have been trained in CPR, go on to checking the airway and rescue breathing.
2. Airway: Clear the airway
- If you’re trained in CPR and you’ve performed 30 chest compressions, open the person’s airway using the head-tilt, chin-lift maneuver
- Put your palm on the person’s forehead and gently tilt the head back.
- Then with the other hand, gently lift the chin forward to open the airway
- Check for normal breathing, taking no more than five or 10 seconds. Look for chest motion, listen for normal breath sounds, and feel for the person’s breath on your cheek and ear
- If the person isn’t breathing normally and you are trained in CPR, begin mouth-to-mouth breathing
3. Breathing: Breathe for the person
- With the airway open (using the head-tilt, chin-lift maneuver), pinch the nostrils shut for mouth-to-mouth breathing and cover the person’s mouth with yours, making a seal.
- Give one breath for one second and, if the chest doesn’t rise, do a second breath
- Thirty chest compressions followed by two rescue breaths is considered one cycle
- Continue CPR until there are signs of movement or emergency medical personnel take over.