Thursday, October 16, 2008

Gimme the Beat, Boys

Enough already with politics--here's something useful.

If you have a hard time remembering the compression rate for CPR, as I do, just hum Stayin' Alive by the BeeGees. The beat matches the desired rate of 100 compressions per minute. This useful bit of info is at First Aid., and also looks to be getting no small amount of attention at news outlets, who presumably needed an excuse to ignore Joe the plumber (couldn't resist.)

CPR training can now be that much livelier--I imagine the entire class singing along while bouncing up and down on their Rescussi-dummies. Much more fun that that staid old One-one thousand, two-one thousand mnemonic we were taught in the past.

Keeping in mind that CPR is a last-ditch effort to keep someone alive and the rate of loss is very high, suggests Queen's Another One Bites the Dust (which also matches the 100/min compression rate) as an alternative for the pessimistic first responder.

So what's the tune for infant/child CPR?



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