How The Classic CPR Scene From 'The Office' Helped Save A Woman's Life
A U.S. man with no first aid training helped save a woman's life after successfully giving her CPR, by recalling an iconic scene from TV comedy 'The Office'.
Cross Scott, a shop technician from Arizona, was test-driving a customer's car earlier this month when he spotted a white sedan parked with its hazard lights on, the Arizona Star reported.
He told the local newspaper he broke through the back window of the car with a rock after seeing a woman inside slumped over her steering wheel with her lips blue.
Two women, who were driving past when they saw Scott banging on the window of the car, pulled over and immediately called 911.
With no time to waste, Scott jumped into action after checking for the woman's pulse and not being able to find one.
He told the paper he did not have any first aid training, but a scene from the popular US sitcom 'The Office' popped into his head as he began giving the woman CPR.
In the famous scene, one of the show's characters Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell, is shown being taught the proper technique for CPR training by doing chest compressions to the tune of the song "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees.
Although the well-known scene actually shows the characters failing their CPR training course, the 'Stayin' Alive' tutorial is actually considered to be good practice, because its tempo matches the recommended number of beats a minute for compressions.
According to The Arizona Star, Scott though about Michael Scott’s singing “Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive,” while he gave the woman CPR.
The woman reportedly regained consciousness after about a minute and threw up. Scott and the two other women rolled her onto her side as they waited for paramedics to arrive.
Scott's story has since gone viral and even caught the eye of the official 'The Office' Twitter account, who tweeted "our impact" on a post linking the heroic tale.
New York's Presbyterian hospital lists 'Stayin' Alive' as just one of many songs which match the required tempo of 100-120 beats per minute for chest compressions.
They've curated the list of songs in a Spotify playlist, helpfully titled 'Songs to do CPR to'.
They include 'Just Dance' by Lady Gaga, 'Sorry' by Justin Bieber and 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA.
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