Lifesaving beats

Reed City High School students learn CPR

REED CITY — Humming the song “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees while performing CPR can actually help someone stay alive.

The trick is to keep time using a song, and that song, which has 103 beats a minute, does help, said Patty Fasbender, professional first aid CPR trainer.

“Chest compression should be approximately 100 beats a minute,” Fasbender said to 12 Reed High school students Tuesday morning. “If the Bee Gees aren’t for you, here’s an option; “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, which has exactly 100 beats a minute. But, if you believe in the power of positive thought at all, I’d stick with the Bee Gees.”

Fasbender, along with Osceola County EMS paramedic, Stephen Stiffler, spent their morning instructing the juniors and seniors about the American Heart Association’s adult, child and infant CPR, as well as the use of an automated external defibrillator, which can send an electronic shock to restore a person’s heart rhythm.

“I think learning CPR and other life saving skills is a good resource for everybody,” Fasbender said. “Especially at this age, because as you get older sometimes you are afraid and you are worried to make mistakes. But it’s okay, because if you don’t try, you can’t save a life, but if you try, you can help give someone another chance at life.”

Once the students finish the class, they are CPR certified and can take those skills into the workforce with them.

“We are giving student an opportunity to have a skill that could save a life at their job,” Fasbender said. “I’ve had former students email me this week who said they remembered the class and used the skills learned here today. It does make a difference.”

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Posted by Lonnie Allen

Lonnie is the Pioneer's city/county reporter. He also coordinates the Gardens and Growers page. He can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8328 or by e-mail at lallen@pioneergroup.com.

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