To Help You Learn CPR, Start Humming “Stayin’ Alive”

Let me start off by saying I hope you never have to use the information in this post. Before I lose you after you’ve read the first sentence, let me add that about 383,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital setting each year, so knowing CPR could be essential in saving someone’s life. And if the need ever does arise, it’s likely to be on someone you know: a child, spouse, parent, or friend, according to the American Heart Association.

As part of their campaign to encourage people to learn CPR this June for CPR Awareness Month, the AHA suggests you reacquaint yourself with the disco-era ditty Stayin’ Alive—it sets the perfect beat for saving someone who’s gone into cardiac arrest. The short instructions for performing CPR are call 911 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest. For a more detailed how-to, check out’s article here.

To help you remember the steps of CPR—and the song—the AHA has enlisted the help of The Hangover’s Ken Jeong and, of course, The Bee Gees, in this 2-minute video.

Image: Boy learning CPR

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  1. by John Perkins

    On October 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

    As someone who works in the field things like this are vital for people to remember how to properly perform CPR. It’s no different than learning/interalizing any other discipline or skill – find a way to remember it easily and practice constantly until it is second nature.