One of the most important aspects of CPR is the rate at which you perform the chest compressions that restore blood flow. The classic heuristic is simply to pump along while singing “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees, but one budding CPR expert has found that the toy-inspiring viral hit song “Baby Shark” also works.
That expert is Saige Pietroforte. She’s just three years old, but she already has years of experience performing CPR. Her father Chris was a firefighter and EMT for 19 years. He now owns and operates Central Valley CPR, a first aid training business in Tulare, California.
When she was a year old, Saige was hanging around a CPR class her father was teaching. She found a CPR mannequin and started performing chest compressions on it. Since then, she’s become a regular at his classes, sometimes even outperforming the actual students.
At 115 beats per minute, “Baby Shark” is a bit faster and less lyrically spot on than “Stayin’ Alive,” which clocks in at 103 bpm. But both Pietrofortes agree that it’s a great song for CPR. “Any song that’s between 100 to 120 bpm you can do it to,” Chris told Inside Edition.
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Posted by CBS News on Thursday, February 28, 2019
And if your kids have been listening to it constantly, it’s a song that’s easy for them — and, less fortunately, you — to remember no matter how stressful the situation.
A 2018 survey from the Cleveland Clinic found that only 54 percent of Americans say they know CPR. Through his business, Chris is trying to increase that number, and he sees Saige as proof positive that anyone can learn this lifesaving skill.
“I tell people all the time: if a 2-year-old can learn, why can’t you?” Chris says.