Saving a life to the beat of ‘Staying Alive’

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Saving a life to the beat of ‘Staying Alive’ – that’s what Saturday was all about for CPR trainees at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

“We are doing a ‘hands only CPR’ day for our community,” said Lori Magee, Terre Haute Regional Hospital. “It’s basically a two step process to teach community members how to do CPR hands only so it only takes 30 seconds to learn this.”

“So the first thing you’re going to do is have your phone and you’re going to call 911 or ask someone to call 911 and after you do that you’re going to start chest compressions.”

“You need to make sure your hand is in the center of the chest on the breast bone and you basically make sure you’re above the end of the breast bone. You put one palm down with the heel of your hand in the center. Put the other hand on top. Interconnect the fingers and just start compressions like that keeping your arms straight and you will get the most effective compressions at the rate of 100 per a minute, to the beat of ‘Staying Alive’ until help arrives.”

“I think people are thinking that CPR is really difficult and it’s not. It’s a really quick process and it only takes thirty seconds and you can learn to save somebody’s life. Everyone should know how to do this.”

Regional Hospital holds monthly CPR classes. For more information call the Regional Hospital Education Services at (812) 237-1277.

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