POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 15, 2012
~~<p>UH MED SCHOOL professor <strong>Dr. Alson</strong> Inaba, 51, helped kick off National CPR Awareness Week in New York City in an event that had Hollywood flair.</p>
UH MED SCHOOL professor Dr. Alson Inaba, 51, helped kick off National CPR Awareness Week in New York City in an event that had Hollywood flair.
Inaba is the creator of the "Stayin' Alive" CPR method, which uses the beat in the Bee Gees' hit "Stayin' Alive" to teach the correct rates for chest compression. The June 5 event featured dancers in all-white disco-era suits, like the one John Travolta wore in "Saturday Night Fever," and mass demonstrations of the disco-derived CPR teaching technique that Inaba created in a medical-school classroom seven years ago. The American Heart Association has adopted the Bee Gees' hit and Inaba's technique in international video public service announcements, and has also begun using a Travolta-suit logo in its CPR education campaign. Inaba said the song has about 100 beats per minute — the same rate the AHA recommends for CPR chest compressions. Login for more...