A good portion of my teenage years were spent in the 1970's.  Much to the disbelief of my children, I did spend quite a bit of time at dances featuring songs by ABBA, The Commodores, and the Bee Gees.  Long gone are my satin shirts and polyester pants, but my ability to recall the songs of the disco age could help me save a life someday.

June 1st through 7th is National CPR and AED Awareness Week, and according to Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, in 2007, the American Heart Association along with the American Red Cross and the National Safety Council worked collaboratively to set aside this week to spotlight how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED.

This year’s campaign reinforces these skills but also places importance on the willingness of bystanders to act in a cardiac arrest emergency. Did you know about 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes? If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love.

There are two easy steps to Hands-Only CPR:

  1. Call 911
  2. Push hard and fast (to the beat of the song “Stayin’ Alive”) in the center of the chest until help arrives.

Yes, "Stayin' Alive", the Bee Gees classic from the movie Saturday Night Fever.  Actually, any song that has a similar beat will work, but, in case you don't remember the song or have never heard it...here you go and you're welcome.