Did you know there are songs that can help save a life? If you have listened to “Stayin Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga, “Rock This Town” by Stray Cats or “Crazy in Love’ by Beyonce you know these songs have a perfect beat for doing CPR. Spotify has created a playlist called “Songs to do CPR” to collect songs with the perfect beat when an emergency arises.
The playlist was the brainchild of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which collected songs that have a tempo between 100 and 120 beats per minute, perfect timing for lifesaving chest compressions in the event you must perform CPR. The hospital created the list as part of its “hands only CPR” campaign which is trying to raise public awareness that you can perform life saving measures with just your hands. CPR no longer needs to be done using mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
What to do?
If someone collapses and stops breathing, call 911 then start chest compressions at a rate of two compressions per second—about to the beat of Cyndi Lauper’s song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” These actions taken in a life-threatening situation may save a life. According to the American Heart Association, less than half of the people who need help during cardiac arrest receive it from a bystander before emergency personnel arrive on the scene. The AHA and the American Red Cross are promoting the easier, hands-only version of CPR that would drop the more difficult mouth-to-mouth maneuver.
The playlist is not meant to be broadcast while you are doing chest compressions but should help bring to mind songs to recite to yourself to keep proper timing as you press your hands. Listening to the playlist beforehand will give you some ideas if an emergency arises in the future. Who doesn’t enjoy just grooving to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” or Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”? Remembering what you heard on “Songs to Do CPR” Spotify playlist may help you save a life in the face of an emergency.
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