I’ve never actually learned CPR, much to my dismay.  Every time I’ve thought about it, I’ve basically decided that I don’t want to sign up for a 3-4 hour class (which they always seem to be) for something that I could surely learn in less than 30 minutes.  Yes, the responsible thing to do would have been to learn, but I’m feeling vindicated by the latest news that “hand-only” CPR is just as effective and can be pretty much learned on the spot from a 911 dispatcher (or a handy news graphic).


There was some interesting research a couple years ago that while people may not be all that good at remembering the tune to a song, they are remarkably good at getting the beats per minute.  Two great songs right around 100 bpm to do your CPR to?  Staying Alive and Another one Bites the Dust.  Anyway, if I’m ever in a situation where I need to do CPR (home I’m not), I certainly will and now I don’t have to feel bad about never making one of those 4 hour classes to learn what’s in the graphic above.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

2 Responses to CPR

  1. Jeff Pelletier says:

    Is it ironic that the two suggested songs are allusions to living and dying?

    • Steve Greene says:

      I don’t think so, since those were chosen quite intentionally for that fun twist. Then again, when it comes to irony, I’m all WWAMS (What would Alanis Morisette Say)

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