These Are The Songs That Can Save Your Life (Literally)

It's super useful for when you're performing CPR.


Megan Flemmit |

What do the songs ‘Staying Alive’ and ‘I Will Survive’ have in common? Aside from both songs dealing with overcoming personal struggles, they can also save your life. They’re both between 100 – 120bpm, the perfect tempo to perform CPR.

In a bid to create awareness around the importance of performing CPR, a New York hospital created a Spotify playlist titled ‘Songs To Do CPR To’. Each song listed is between 100 -120bpm. The playlist also includes ‘Man In The Mirror’ by Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot’s ‘Let Me Work It’, ‘Gives You Hell’ by The All American Rejects, and many more.

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New York Presbyterian Hospital purposefully chose songs that people already knew off by heart. Alaina Paciulli of Seiden Advertising, who helped create the playlist, told National Public Radio(NPR) that they ensured the playlist spanned all music genres. “The whole point is just to have fun, and if you can save someone’s life while humming Missy Eliot’s ‘Work It’, then that’s okay with us.

While TV shows might make performing CPR seem like a breeze, it can be tricky to perform. Along with a playlist, the hospital also released a video demonstrating how to perform CPR.

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How Do You Perform CPR?

Now that you have the music in your head, what should you when someone needs CPR? If you are unfamiliar with CPR, you might be reluctant to attempt to perform CPR on anyone who might require it. But research from Sweden shows that the 30-day survival rate of patients who’ve had cardiac arrest and were rushed to hospital, was two twice as high if CPR was performed before emergency personnel attended to them.

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Before performing CPR, check that the area is safe and secure. If the person is unconscious, tap them on the shoulder and ask them if they’re okay. If the person doesn’t respond call emergency services. Once they’re en-route, start performing CPR. If you’re with another person, have them call emergency services while you perform it.

For those who have had no training, the Mayo Clinic recommends that you provide hands-only CPR. This means performing uninterrupted chest compressions until a paramedic arrives. If you’ve received training and are confident in your abilities, the clinic recommends that you feel for a pulse and check their breathing. If neither are found within in 10 seconds, it’s recommended you perform 30 chest compressions before giving two rescue breaths.

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