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gerontius grumpus
76420.  Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:40 pm Reply with quote

This well known tune has just the right tempo and number of beats to aid the first aider in administering CPR. Some CPR instructors advocate it as an easy way of coordinating the 15 sternal compressions.
So next time you see someone collapse with a cardiac arrest, don't be too alarmed if the person who administers CPR starts singing Nelly the Elephant.

 
gerontius grumpus
76537.  Sat Jun 24, 2006 7:20 am Reply with quote

On one of my annual updates, the instructor asked us if we could think of any other tunes that would fit.
Surprisingly difficult.
I suggested So Long Marianne by Leonard Cohen but nobody else had heard of it.

 
tetsabb
76607.  Sun Jun 25, 2006 4:48 am Reply with quote

I knew of someone who chose 'The First Nowell' to help her with contractions while giving birth. Naturally her firstborn arrived in June, so the maternity ward was treated to an out of season Xmas Carol!

 
Flash
76687.  Mon Jun 26, 2006 3:52 am Reply with quote

gerontius grumpus wrote:
I suggested So Long Marianne by Leonard Cohen but nobody else had heard of it.


And, of course, it wouldn't be very tactful to use that song if the person you were trying to resucitate was called Marianne.

 
Gray
76750.  Mon Jun 26, 2006 11:04 am Reply with quote

The Archers theme tune is a good one, too. Simply add tea.

 
'yorz
812297.  Mon May 02, 2011 3:47 am Reply with quote

This was discussed at a recent Emergency First Aid Course. Some of the participants hailed from Albania, and didn't have a clue who Nellie was. I suggested the Marseillaise which worked really well.

 
Sadurian Mike
812315.  Mon May 02, 2011 5:28 am Reply with quote

Best they don't use the Toy Dolls version then.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eti21PVHXrg

 
Ameena
812370.  Mon May 02, 2011 8:48 am Reply with quote

I was taught to use "Nellie the Elephant", though I've also heard that the Beegees' "Stayin' Alive" works.

 
'yorz
812387.  Mon May 02, 2011 9:06 am Reply with quote

That would be rather cruel - to me. That horrible falsetto - <shivers>

 
suze
812496.  Mon May 02, 2011 12:23 pm Reply with quote

Stayin' alive is said to work, as indeed is Queen's Another one bites the dust. Although for reasons that I cannot comprehend, it tends to be avoided ...

103 bpm seems to be the key factor in the choice of song.

 
Sadurian Mike
812519.  Mon May 02, 2011 12:57 pm Reply with quote

Or you could just chant "1 thousand, 2 thousand, 3 thousand...".

The problem is getting faster, which you are going to do whether you use a rhythym (assuming you don't have an inbuilt metronome) or chanting.

That's why any CPR training should be practiced until it no longer makes you panic when you do it in earnest. Going on a half-day refresher every few years is not going to cut it.

 
Bondee
812543.  Mon May 02, 2011 1:26 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Stayin' alive is said to work


Similar to the Toy Dolls thing, you wouldn't want to use this version!

 

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