Keeping the beat alive during CPR training

The American Heart Association is at Purdue University Tuesday to make sure faculty and staff know the basics of CPR. (WLFI Photo)
The American Heart Association is at Purdue University Tuesday to make sure faculty and staff know the basics of CPR. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The American Heart Association is at Purdue University Tuesday to make sure faculty and staff know the basics of CPR.

The Hands-Only CPR Tour is giving people the tools to keep someone alive until paramedics take over. People learned proper chest compression techniques to keep the blood pumping.

One of the tricks is to press to the rhythm of a familiar song, a popular choice is “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. The group chose “Walk The Line” by Johnny Cash, which is about 120 beats per minute.

Some who took part said even if you already know CPR, it’s important to get a refresher course.

“You have to be willing to take the action immediately, as opposed to waiting for someone to come help,” participant Jim Moore said. “You have to be responsible for helping someone out.”

Organizers said performing CPR is easier than most people think.

“They’re not confident with it. They really don’t understand it. That’s what we’re here to do, to make them feel confident by training them to the beat of a song and understanding why it’s important,” said Sandy Villetti, master of ceremonies. “I think that takes away any sort of concern that they have.”

The Hands-Only CPR tour is making 22 stops across 14 cities this fall.

The program has trained nearly 60,000 people in the last five years.