Another one bites dust in CPR

PUMPING: St John CPR Lab instructor Rachel Schmidt shows how to help save lives with the help of a catchy beat and tune. Picture: Dylan Burns

PUMPING: St John CPR Lab instructor Rachel Schmidt shows how to help save lives with the help of a catchy beat and tune. Picture: Dylan Burns

IF A little irony helps save lives, St John Ambulance is all for it. CPR instructors pumped out retro tunes, including Queen’s hit Another One Bites the Dust and Bee Gee’s Stayin’ Alive in the middle of the Bridge Mall on Friday for express lessons in chest compression.

Both have the required 103 beats per minute recommended for CPR.

Another One Bites the Dust is the tune that has resonated most but if people can remember the song because it’s quirky and, if they ever have to perform CPR, they’ll be hoping the person they’re working on doesn’t bite the dust,” St John’s Martin Wells said. “Any attempt at CPR is better than none.”

The CPR Challenge featured electronic monitoring of participants’ compression strength, position and rate to ensure they were on target.