Hands-Only CPR mobile tour stop in southern Maine

The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR mobile tour is underway, traveling the country to spread the word about Hands-Only CPR in an upbeat way.

The tour began in 2012 and will conclude on Oct. 1. The tour has visited 20 cities and its final four stops will be in Louisville, Kentucky; Norfolk, Virginia; Atlanta; and Indianapolis during September.

Since it began, more than 16,000 people have been trained in Hands-Only CPR.

“The mobile tour is a fun, exciting way to get the community engaged in learning Hands-Only CPR,” said Comilla Sasson, associate clinical professor in the department of emergency medicine at the Colorado School of Public Health in Denver. “With an emcee, music and, of course the mobile tour bus, it is the only tour of its kind that combines a great event with people learning lifesaving skills.”

Hands-Only CPR has two simple steps:

  • Call 9-1-1 if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse;
  •  Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the Bee Gees’ song “Stayin’ Alive.”

Many people don’t realize that CPR is so easy to learn, said Sasson, who is also director of community markets and programs, emergency cardiovascular care programs at the AHA. With Hands-Only CPR, people don’t have to breathe into the mouth of an unresponsive teen or adult.

People feel more confident doing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rate when trained to the beat of a familiar song, the AHA has found.

For those who prefer to practice their chest-pumping skills to a more updated soundtrack, the AHA and the WellPoint Foundation collaborated with music mixologist DJ Earworm to create a Hands-Only CPR mash up that is at least 100 beats per minute and is composed of songs with “lifesaving lyrics,” including Salt N Pepa’s “Push It.”

“Stayin’ Alive” and the mash-up have tempos of at least 100 bpm, the same rate recommended for performing Hands-Only CPR.

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death, with more than 420,000 out-of-hospital cases occurring every year in the United States. When someone has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. Survival rates drop as much as 10 percent for every minute that goes by without intervention.

“The more people who know CPR, the more survivors we will have from cardiac arrest,” Sasson said.

Photo provided by Tina Wendt.

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