Why Sing when doing CPR?

Chest compression’s are the most vital component of cardiopulmonary CPR and AEDresuscitation (CPR). When participants take Red Cross CPR courses (vancouverfirstaid.ca/cpr-aed-courses/) a large component of the course is spent with candidates practicing CPR on manikins. Without effective chest chest compression’s the CPR can be ineffective. This article will outline the rate as to which CPR chest compression’s should be done and effective and easy to remember tips to help make sure the chest compression’s are at a good standard.

The Rhythm

The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) is a large committee of professionals that conduct studies and research into the most effective methods of CPR. The latest standards, as of 2012, recommend instructors to teach candidates to do chest compression’s at a rate of at least 100 beats per minute (if you were to do it non-stop). The last standards, from 2005, had instructors teaching students to do the compression’s at around 100 beats per minute.  It is still recommended that rescuers apply two ventilation’s for every 30 chest compression’s.

The Problem

When rescuers have to do chest compression’s in real-life rescue scenario’s research shows that many either do the chest compression’s much too quickly or too slowly which is ineffective. Chest compression’s that are too fast do not allow the chest to fill with blood to allow for proper circulation. Compression’s that are too slow do not circulate the blood at a effective and necessary pace. This problem has led to some creative solutions by instructors.

The Most Effective Solution for Maintaining the Right Rhythm

When learning to do CPR many Red Cross first aid instructors promote candidates to sing or hum a tune when doing chest compression’s. Songs and tunes are an extremely good way of remembering a rhythm. Instructors have promoted songs that have a minimum beat of 100 beats per minute which have effectively helped rescuers maintain the right rhythm. One of the most popular songs for CPR is “Staying Alive” by the Beegees. The song title is easy to remember as rescuers are essentially helping the victims “stay alive”. More pessimistic rescuers can use “Another one bites the dust” by Queen. Both these songs have beats that are a little over 100 beats per minute. Another popular song is “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, however, this songs is just under 100 beats per minute.

These songs have helped rescuer maintain an effective rhythm when doing chest compression’s. The following is a video of good, up-to-date CPR techniques using a song to help maintain the proper compression rhythm.

For more information about doing the most effective visit one of our CPR posts about effective CPR steps or take a CPR course through Vancouver First Aid. We offer up-to-date CPR training throughout the Lower Mainland including in Burnaby, Richmond, Delta and Surrey. Register today to learn the basic skills to save a life.

2 Responses to “Why Sing when doing CPR?”

  1. Wafa Mustafa Al-Ali July 16, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    i want to know how long is the first aid course , and what are the different times at which the course is offered ?!

  2. Wafa Mustafa Al-Ali July 16, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    When do you offere first aid courses ? How many hours a day ? And many weeks ?!

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