Firefighter and paramedic Kevin Miller from the Lynnwood Fire Department says that's the key to Hands-Only CPR.
It's a two step process. If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, first call 9-1-1. Then, hit the floor and start movin' to the beat of "Stayin' Alive."
Follow the rhythm of the song and give approximately 100 compression per minute.
"Yeah, one hundred,” said Miller. “You're just trying to go a little faster than one a second. Along with those compressions, we would like people to remember to push fast and push hard."
No longer do you have to worry about mouth to mouth resuscitation for sudden cardiac arrest. The compressions alone will move air and blood through the body until professionals, like Miller, arrive on the scene.
He says knowing Hands-Only CPR dramatically increases a person's chance of survival.
"I've witnessed it first hand,” said Miller. “I can't tell you the exact numbers on it, but I just know. I just witnessed it.”
So, keep the disco classic "Stayin' Alive" on your mental play list. Then, in an emergency, don't be nervous - just step-it-up like John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever" and be the life of the party.
“If you are trying to help a person, it's better to do something than nothing,” said Miller. “For all intents and purposes, they're dead. It doesn't get worst than dead. Call for help and start pressing on the chest."
You can learn more this Saturday as firefighters will be on hand at the Alderwood mall. The American Heart Association is hosting a “ Go Red for Women” event there from 11am-3pm. It is free to everyone and could save your life.
Don’t forget Friday is Go Red for Women Day. So show your support in the fight against heart disease by wearing red. For more information, go to www.pugetsoundgoesred.org