Students learn life saving CPR

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– There’s a simple procedure that can save lives and Wednesday students in West Haven are learning CPR through the disco beat of a popular song.

Some West Haven High school students are learning life-savings skills with Hands-only CPR. According to the American Heart Association it’s just as effective as conventional mouth-to-mouth CPR.

“Sudden cardiac arrest does not care how old you are, it does not care what you look like, it does not care where you live, it can happen to anybody,” said Kelly Jenrette, American Heart Association.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in a private or residential setting.

“These kids could be performing hands-only CPR on their parents, or on their friends, or on their teachers so it’s important for them to know the two easy steps,” said Jenrette.

Over 600 West Haven High School students are training in hands only CPR using blow-up mannequins.


It’s easy for students to remember the steps as they push to the beat of the song, “Staying Alive.”

“We say if you know disco you know how to save a life and aside from staying alive by the Bee Gees being an amazing song, it has 100 beats per minute which is the near perfect rate that you want to push when performing hands-only CPR,” said Jenrette.

“It definitely takes a different turn on things once there is music involved and they are moving and kind of enthusiastic,” said Janiene Tuinman, West Haven High School student.

On or off the field students say they feel confident knowing how and when to administer CPR.

“If one of your teammates goes down or your coach, it is important to know how to save a life,” said Gary Donovan, West Haven High School Student.

You can learn how to save a life with two simple steps of Hands-Only. Watch the video here.

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