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This Spotify Playlist Can Help You Perform CPR Correctly

Who knew?!

Knowing how to perform CPR is an important skill that could help you save somebody’s life. CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and involves using chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing or just compressions when the heart stops beating. According to the American Heart Association, CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival after cardiac arrest.

But there’s obviously a lot of pressure that goes along with saving someone’s life using CPR. Now, a hospital has done us all a favor by putting together a playlist that can help you administer CPR confidently.

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In order for CPR to be successful, it’s critical that it’s performed correctly. For adults, 100-120 compressions should be given per minute, which can be difficult to gauge. Even if you’ve received CPR training, you may be apprehensive about the prospect of actually administering it in a real-life emergency situation.

To help people out with this daunting task, New York Presbyterian Hospital put together a Spotify playlist filled with songs that have a tempo of 100-120 beats per minute. All you have to do is give the compressions along to the beat of the song.

Even better, a lot of popular and catchy songs fit the bill, such as “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Work It” by Missy Elliott, “Dancing Queen” by ABBA, “MMMBop” by Hanson and “Sorry” by Justin Bieber. Check out the full Spotify playlist below.

What a clever idea! Experts agree that using the songs as a guide can be helpful in administering CPR.

“Lots of our instructors do use popular song examples … because people find it can be a helpful tool for remembering how to administer CPR correctly,” a spokesperson for the Canadian Red Cross told CTV News.

Knowing CPR can help you rescue a loved one when emergency strikes, as was the case when Luke Benrud found his wife unresponsive. Benrud had received CPR training from the American Red Cross, which he credits with saving his wife’s life that day.

You can sign up for CPR classes in your area through the American Red Cross website.