Debra Bader was taking a walk in the woods with her 53-year-old husband one morning when suddenly he collapsed. At first she thought the situation was hopeless.
Debra Bader was prompted to perform CRP on her husband, Christopher, after recalling a public service ad.
“I looked at him and said, ‘He’s dead,’ because he wasn’t moving or making any sounds at all,” Bader remembers. “But I pulled the cell phone out of his pocket and called 911, and then a public service announcement I’d heard on the radio popped into my head.”
The one-minute PSA from the American Heart Association instructed listeners, in the event of cardiac arrest, to perform chest compressions very hard to the beat of the 1970s Bee Gees song “Staying Alive.”
If it’s stupid and it works, it’s not stupid. I’m glad she was successful and her husband is alive and healthy.
That being said, I will steadfastly refuse to wear a polyester leisure suit uniform now and forever.
And in the “don’t do this if you are in EMS” department, there is this quote,
Bader says doctors at the hospital where her husband was treated have an alternative song. “They told me they do CPR to ‘Another One Bites the Dust,’ which also has about 100 beats per minute,” Bader says. “Doctors have kind of a dark sense of humor.”
They do indeed. And they can probably get away with this. You? Not so much. If you do at the least you’ll violate the Second Rule of EMS. Which is: You don’t want a rule named after you. Because they only make rules when people do something stupid.