Being familiar with the Bee Gees could assist you with successfully performing CPR. Last year British citizen Angus was attending a church meeting when he collapsed. He had suffered cardiac arrest—the electrical impulses promoting the heart’s contractions stopped, and so did his heart. He was, technically speaking, dead. A colleague immediately cried out, and Angus’ 18-year old son, Jamie, and a friend named Michael Dormandy came running to help. Jamie was taught CPR at school when he was 10, and Michael had recently taken a first-aid course. Neither of them were highly-trained medical personnel. They had only a few hours worth of training between them, but it was enough.
Jamie and Michael began taking turns doing chest compressions until the ambulance arrived. According to experts, the proper rhythm for chest compressions is the same as the, “Ah, ah, ah, ah,” refrain from the Bee Gees’ hit, “Stayin’ Alive”, which is 100 beats per minute. Chest compressions simulate the function of the heart, helping pump blood and direct oxygen to vital organs—including the brain. After five minutes, the paramedics arrived and used a defibrillator to shock Angus’ heart back into a normal rhythm. Without those chest compressions, there would have been almost no chance of getting Mr. MacLeay’s heart to restart.
Many countries, including Norway, Austria, and parts of the US, require every student to learn CPR. In Arizona, knowledge of CPR must be demonstrated to obtain a driver’s license. Preparation and awareness can make a huge difference. With only about two hours of training, anyone can learn a simple skill that could help a loved one “stay alive”.