Keepin' Alive: Beat can help in CPR

by Logistics Group Western Pacific
Stripes Guam

KHANH HOA, Vietnam – Songs were played in multiple languages as the U.S. Navy and partner nations met to enhance their skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (during a subject matter expert exchange as a part of the final stop of Pacific Partnership 2017 in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

“Music can help save lives,” said Cmdr. Toru Kubo, the CPR instructor from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. “During CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute, and the beat of a song can be a helpful reminder of how fast to push.”

Kobu played the popular Japanese theme song from the cartoon “Anpanman’s March” to help participants maintain a rhythm which matched the desired rate of compressions per minute.

The Americans jumped into the discussion and added their version of a CPR pace song, the 1970s disco hit “Stayin’ Alive” made famous by the Bee Gees. Local Vietnamese lifeguards followed suit, playing the local hit “Nõi Vòng Tay Lón” which they use for the same purpose.

The cultural exchange of music resulted in an animated training session as the participants performed CPR on a mannequin while their counterparts sang their respective songs in the background to encourage their counterparts and assist them in setting the right pace.

About 75 combined personnel from the U.S., Japan and Vietnam attended the CPR class, where the attendees also learned how to use an automated external defibrillator. The portable electronic device delivers an electrical current to the heart, reestablishing an effective heart rhythm.

A professional lifeguard from Vietnam, Phan Thái Hoàng, stated he had never used an AED before. “This session gave us an opportunity to reinforce our existing skills and learn new ones,” he stated.

The multi-national team members moved into the water the next day for a lifeguard field training exercise where the participants exchanged lifesaving skills and conducted simulated search and rescue operations, improving capabilities and creating lasting bonds through the exchange of culture, language and knowledge.

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