Heart month reminder: Use “STAYIN’ ALIVE”, the Dr. Alson Inaba method!

A lifesaving CPR-memory technique developed by a faculty member at the University of Hawai’i’s medical school is featured in a new internet video–this time from Great Britain. Since February is American Heart month, it’s getting a great deal of play.

The newest spot, produced by the British Heart Foundation, uses wry humor to explain how chest compressions can be performed to the beat of the Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive.” Dr. Alson Inaba (of the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children) is credited by the American Heart Association (AHA) as the first teacher to use the song in CPR training.  Dr. Inaba did so after realizing the tune had the exact number of beats per minute recommended for effective CPR.

Since then, people around the world have adopted the learning technique, and the AHA launched a video about it in the U.S. last year to promote CPR. Now, it’s Britain’s turn, in a segment starring Vinnie Jones.

One note—the first step in all cases is to call for an ambulance. In the U.K. folks dial 9-9-9, but in the States, the proper number, of course, is 9-1-1.

Click the above image to watch the British Heart Foundation video on YouTube.

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