Monday, November 7, 2011

CPR- the Bee Gees and Nellie the Elephant!


I've booked myself in for a refresher in CPR this week which is a skill that I think everyone over the age of 16 should have. I must admit to having a vested interest, having already needed coronary stents and then a double bye-pass before the age of 60 - and I live a healthy life! The experts tell us that for those who have a heart attack away from a hospital, the earlier CPR starts the more likely that the patient will eventually leave hospital.

But CPR isn't just jumping on someone who's collapsed and starting to heave up and down on their chest. It is critical that if it is to be effective then the rate must be correct and the depth of compression must be consistent and effective too if it is to do any good.

For some time music has been thought to be a great adjunct in getting the timing right, but should you chose "Staying' Alive" by the Bee Gees, or if you're from the UK, then "Nellie the Elephant" seems to be the ditty of choice!

Unfortunately, the experts now tell us that whilst the music might help keep you in time, it doesn't help with the correct depth of compression, so it's back to the drawing board - or should I say, the studio!
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4 comments:

TEZofAllTrades said...

Hmm never thought of that, makes sense though. If you're done with "Staying Alive" and the ambulance still hasn't arrived then I guess "Tragedy" would work in these situations as well lol... sorry bad joke. Congrats on your Blog of Note Mention, looks like it's well deserved.

Dr Duncan Jefferson said...

Humour is often the best medicine :)

www.lamnidis.gr said...

Well written enlightening article.

Yomi said...

I've also read that Another One Bites The Dust by Queen is also a good one, for those of us that are not Bee Gees fans =]