By Matt Rountree
Admit it. There have been times when knowing a Bee Gees tune has really come in handy for you. Like that karaoke contest you won on spring break. Or that time you suddenly won the approval of your boss by busting out some groovy dance moves at your company holiday party. But did you know that the Bee Gees’ hit “Stayin’ Alive” is the key to savin’ a life?
It’s true. The American Heart Association wants to remind you that knowing hands-only CPR is an easy way for you to save a life. Nearly 400,000 Americans suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests every year, and almost 90 percent die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.
If you ever witness a teen or adult suffer cardiac arrest, you can more than double their chance for survival by performing hands-only CPR in two steps:
Step 1: Call 911
Step 2: Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives. You want to push at 100 beats per minute, which is the same rhythm as—wait for it—“Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.
Because 70 percent of bystanders feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency, the American Heart Association encourages everyone to learn hands-only CPR. Luckily, you don’t have to be one of the 70 percent. Teach your friends. Teach your family. Teach your co-workers and your neighbors. And don’t be afraid to show off your best falsetto, because, as you’ve always known, “Stayin’ Alive” is the key to savin’ a life.
For more information on how to perform hands-only CPR visit heart.org/handsonlycpr.
Teaching CPR in public schools
Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S., and nearly 360,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year. Unfortunately, nearly 90% of cardiac arrest victims do not survive, mostly because they don’t receive timely CPR.
Kentucky has the opportunity to change this grim statistic by ensuring more people are trained in CPR, which can double or triple the chances of survival. High schools can play a pivotal role by creating a generation of lifesavers by making sure all students learn CPR before they graduate. In less than 30 minutes we can give students the skills they need to help save someone’s life.
CPR training is part of Kentucky’s Academic Core Standards for high school health education, and health education is a requirement for high school graduation. Even though CPR instruction is included in the curriculum, the instruction isn’t always provided. We need the Lexington community’s support to pass this legislation.
To show your support and learn how you can get involved, visit yourethecure.org.