Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or more commonly known as CPR, is something that almost always everyone knows of – but very few people really know how to do. While those who know how to give CPR usually are taught by attending classes, there’s now another way which can assist those still learning how to master the life-saving technique.
CPR primarily involves giving chest compressions to an individual in an emergency situation. The purpose of CPR is to maintain blood flow to the brain and other vital organs until the heart is shocked back into a normal rhythm by emergency medical responders or with an automatic defibrillator.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest, usually by buying people time until an AED or ambulance arrives. There’s a few types of CPR that are commonly taught. The first is conventional CPR — for medical professionals and trained people, and the other is hands-only CPR, which is for the general public to learn. Conventional CPR involves chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breaths given at a ratio of 30:2. Hands-only CPR involves giving chest compressions alone, which is typically all a bystander can do to help in an emergency situation while waiting for medical officials to arrive on the scene.
First things first – what exactly is hands-only CPR? The AHA says it’s pushing hard and fast in the centre of the chest. You don’t have to incorporate rescue breaths, or when you put your lips up to the patient’s mouth and breathe oxygen into their lungs.
CPR is usually done when someone goes into cardiac arrest, meaning their heart isn’t beating the way it should be and that they’ve stopped breathing. Performing CPR on an individual helps the blood circulate to provide oxygen to the body. It’s most successful when administered as quickly as possible and should only be performed when a person is unconscious or unresponsive, or when advised by medical officials.
While it may not be the conventional way we’re typically used to when it comes to performing CPR, New York Presbyterian Hospital has now put together a Spotify playlist of more than 40 songs that will help just about anyone keep the Hands Only CPR beat, and potentially save someone’s life one day.
The playlist itself contains a number of popular songs, including Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”, The Chainsmokers’ “Something Just Like This”, Adele’s “Rumour Has It” and Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body” which are said to efficiently help individuals learn the technique. Doctors and professionals from the hospital alike have explained that some songs can give you the right rhythm to get the heart pumping when doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. According to experts, those doing CPR need to do 100 chest compressions per minute, and there are some tunes that have 100 beats per minute and will in-turn help keep those learning CPR on track when doing Hands Only CPR, and also potentially help those who don’t know how to do CPR at all react in an emergency situation.
According to the AHA, research has shown that people are more likely to remember the correct pace when trained to give compressions to the beat of a familiar song.
It’s not just “Stayin’ Alive” and “Work It” — you can compress to the tempo of hits like “Dancing Queen” by ABBA, “MMMBop” by Hanson, and “Sorry” by Justin Bieber plus so many more. It doesn’t matter if you’re a baby boomer, millennial, or Gen Z.
Whether or not you’re trained in CPR efficiently or not, if someone around you goes into cardiac arrest, you may be able to assist them by pushing on the person’s chest to the beat of one of the songs on this playlist. Hospital officials have recommended that individuals call an ambulance prior to using CPR in any given situation, but it may be something that could assist not only the patient, but also officials while they make their journey to you.