“Stayin’ Alive” With CPR Awareness Week

When the average American works nearly 47 hours a week, it’s hard to see how we can accomplish anything in one minute, or even find the time to take one minute out of our busy schedule, but the American Heart Association wants you to know it only takes 60 seconds to save someone’s life.

June 1-7 is National CPR & AED Awareness Week, a week designed to bring awareness to how easy hands-only CPR can be and how monumental learning CPR or how to use an AED can be in saving a person’s life.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 320,000 people in the U.S. suffer from cardiac arrest each year, with fewer than 11 percent of those people dying before they reach a hospital. Yet, if CPR is performed immediately, the chance of survival can double or triple.

It’s as easy as remembering the beat to “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. People tend to feel more confident performing hands-only CPR when they are trained to the beat of a familiar song, and “Stayin’ Alive” is a perfect match for the 100 compressions per minute that are recommended by the AHA.

Concerned your younger children or teens may not be familiar with “Stayin’ Alive”? The AHA also has a Spotify playlist with over 30 songs that are at least 100 beats per minute, including modern hits like Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” and “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon.

If you feel more comfortable learning in a classroom setting, or maybe need to complete a course for your workplace, Texas Health Resources offers CPR classes at several locations monthly. The classes are even split up into concentrations, like how to provide CPR for an infant or child, how to use an AED, and how to provide Basic Life Support (BLS).

Can’t make it out to a class? No problem. The American Heart Association has a multitude of resources to teach you how to perform hands-only CPR, including a 60-second video. The basics the AHA want you to know is to first call 911 if you see a teen or adult collapse, then push hard and fast at the center of the chest until help arrives.

Once you learn the basics, the next best thing is to spread the word to friends, family and coworkers on how easy it is to learn hands-only CPR, whether it’s by word of mouth, social media or getting your workplace’s human resources department involved. Doing so could help save a life.

To learn more about CPR classes and other educational events held at a Texas Health Resources hospital near you, click here or call 1-877-THR-WELL for more information.

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