'Stayin' Alive': Hospital Creates Spotify Playlist To Teach CPR

October 16, 2018 - 12:02 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Performing CPR is a large responsibility and one hospital has found a way to help people gain confidence and focus on the task. 

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has created a playlist of songs on Spotify that have just the right beat to time CPR compressions to. All of the songs have a tempo of 100 to 120 beats per minute, which is the rate people are trained to give CPR compressions to, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

The playlist was created for to help students and others learning to perform CPR to get their hands-only CPR rhythm down.

The playlist, called “Songs to do CPR to,” has a total of 47 tunes, including “Stayin' Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper, “Dancing Queen” by ABBA, and even “Sorry” by Justin Bieber. 

So what exactly is hands-only CPR? The AHA said it’s pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest, without having to perform mouth-to-mouth. That means with this playlist, you may be able to save someone's life by pushing on the person’s chest to the beat of one of the songs on this playlist.

But remember, before you go singing one of these great songs, make sure to dial 911 first.