What you need to know about performing CPR

ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton talks through which songs you need to remember to properly perform CPR chest compressions.
2:45 | 09/27/22

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>> THAT IS INCREDIBLE. >> IT'S REMARKABLE. WOW. >> FOUR MONTHS. >> THAT'S DEDICATION. >> REALLY IMPRESSIVE. >>> DR. ASHTON, YOUR PRESCRIPTION FOR WELLNESS, WHAT DO YOU HAVE GOING ON? >> HOSPITAL CPR AND THE ABILITY TO SAVE A LIFE. WE TALK ABOUT IT SO MANY TIMES. SO MANY PEOPLE ARE SCARED, INTIMIDATED. OBVIOUSLY, YOU SHOULD GO AND TAKE A COURSE WITH THE AMERICAN RED CROSS. BUT I WANT TO GO THROUGH A COUPLE OF THINGS WITH YOU WHO HAS DONE IT IN A HOSPITAL SETTING. NUMBER ONE, IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DROP OR COME ACROSS AN OUT OF HOSPITAL CARDIAC ARREST, YOU WANT TO CHECK THE PERSON'S PULSE. THE FIRST STEP IS TO TELL SOMEONE, YOU IN THE BLACKTOP, CALL 911. THAT IS FIRST. AND THEN IN GENERAL YOU HEAR THE SONG TO HUM TO YOURSELF -- "STAYING ALIVE," "SWEET HOME ALABAMA" OR "JUST DANCE," LADY GAGA. ♪ THAT'S THE BEAT. BUT I'M GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT DOCTORS KNOW. I DON'T COUNT WHEN I DO CPR. YOU GO TO THE RIB CAGE OR FROM THE NIPPLES. YOU PUT ONE HAND ON TOP OF ANOTHER WITH YOUR ARM STRAIGHT. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BREATHE ON THE PERSON. YOU PRESS DOWN TWO INCHES AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN. SURE, YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY DO IT TO THE BEAT OF THOSE SONGS. BUT YOU JUST DO IT AS FAST AS YOU CAN. >> OKAY. BUT THEY USED TO TRAIN US ALL THE TIME SO MANY COMPRESSIONS, YOU GO AND BREATHE. >> I THINK MY MEDICAL OPINION THAT IS A DETERRENT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. THEY START THINKING OF ALL OF THIS MATH. KEEP YOUR ARMS STRAIGHT. IF YOU WANT TO HUM ONE OF THOSE SONGS, GREAT. GO TWO INCHES DOWN APPROXIMATELY AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN. WHAT DOCTORS ALWAYS SAY TO EACH OTHER, DON'T BE AFRAID ABOUT HURTING THIS PERSON. THEY'RE ALREADY DEAD. ALL YOU CAN DO IS HELP AND THAT IS SO IMPORTANT. IF THERE'S A DEFIBRILLATOR, USE THAT FIRST. IT TALKS YOU THROUGH IT. THE OTHER THING IS, DEPENDING ON THE AGE OF THE PERSON, WHEN YOU DO CORRECT CHEST COMPRESSIONS, YOU WILL FEEL RIBS BREAK. DO NOT STOP. >> WOW. >> YOU CAN DEAL WITH A BROKEN RIB. YOU CAN'T SURVIVE A CARDIAC ARREST. >> YOU SAY DO NOT STOP. DO YOU KEEP THIS GOING UNTIL HELP ARRIVES? >> YES, OR SOMEONE WHO COMES WHO CAN HELP YOU USE THE DEFIBRILLATOR. THE PERSON SHOULD BE FLAT ON THE FLOOR, FOLLOW THEIR RIB CAGE, OR BARE CHESTED RIGHT IN BETWEEN THE NIPPLES, AND KEEP YOUR ARMS STRAIGHT. DO THIS. HUM THAT SONG AND DO THIS UNTIL HELP ARRIVES. >> DR. ASHTON, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT NOTE TO GIVE. >> YES, AND TAKE THE COURSE. YOU BOTH HAVE TAKEN A COURSE. IT'S EASY, ACCESSIBLE, AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE. AND A DIFFERENT TECHNIQUE FOR CHILDREN AND INFANTS. >> YOU'RE RIGHT. SO MANY PEOPLE ARE INTIMIDATED. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. IT'S OKAY, FOLKS. >> BETTER TO DO SOMETHING THAN NOTHING. >> 100%. >> DR. ASHTON, THANK YOU. >> YOU'RE GOING TO BE OKAY.

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