‘Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah, Stayin’ Alive, Stayin’ Alive!’

CPR rules change and this popular BeeGees song is referenced in the updated rules. If you know this song and can ‘pump’ or use chest compression at 100 beats per minute, that is now part of the updated CPR guidelines.

“Ah Ah Ah Ah, Stayin’ Alive, Stayin’ Alive!”

Recently I ran across a note written a few years ago, when I was submitting a joke to “Reader’s Digest” Magazine. I don’t remember if I put the date on it (lost the note again, I guess!) but I think it was around 1981. Evidently the “Reader’s Digest” joke editors were not so impressed with my submission, but I still think it is funny after all these years.

My note went something like this:

“My oldest son, in getting into the car, accidentally slammed the door on his finger.

He then started yelling “Ah, ah, ah ah!”

His brother, who was already in the car with his sister, called out

“Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive!”.

(Now if I have to explain that to you, you obviously never heard of and loved hearing ‘The BeeGees’, a very popular British singing group.)

Oldest son didn’t appreciate little brother’s humor, but after the fact, it still strikes me as rather amazing and funny.

So the recalling of this memory was actually a roundabout way of letting you know something newsworthy concerning the newest guidelines on the use of CPR (1).

The report is that now the use of CPR on a heart attack victim should not include ‘mouth-to-mouth’ resuscitation, but for an ‘untrained’ person, the use of the method of CPR should now only include a steady ‘pumping’ of the chest (chest compression) of the victim, of about 100 pumps per minute or 100 beats per minute, with a suggestion this be in tune with the “BeeGees” popular song “Stayin’ Alive”.

As tt turns out, the song is sung at 100 beats per minute. I don’t know if the two remaining members of the “BeeGees” singing group, Barry and Robin, are aware of the promotion of their song in this manner, but I am sure the ‘Brothers Gibb’ would be gratified upon hearing this news.

If you know the song “Stayin’ Alive” and if you are called into action to try to help save a victim through the use of CPR – chest compression – just recall the song as you are pushing on the victim’s chest.

If you don’t know the song, find a copy and listen to it until you can repeat the beat.

Here is a link to help you find it online or you can go to the BeeGees Channel on YouTube and search “Bee Gees” “Stayin’ Alive”.

To read the full report and more information on CPR guidelines, check out the link to the news story here

Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive….ah, ah, ah, ah!



(1) NewsChannel 5 TV News Report on April 12, 2011; Nashville, Tennessee

‘More effective CPR can help save lives’;


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