The National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) is holding a contest for EMS agencies across the country to educate the public on CPR best practices. One way for potential cardiac arrest bystanders to maintain the ideal rate for chest compressions—110 beats per minute—is to think of a song with the same rhythm. Three EMS agencies have entered the contest by creating educational music videos to songs with potentially lifesaving rhythms.
- Missouri EMS for Children released its video first, using the song “Baby Shark” (Pinkfong) to demonstrate infant CPR in honor of EMS for Children Day, May 22. Watch the video.
- Gates Volunteer Ambulance Service, Inc., which operates in Monroe County, New York, did their video to the song, “On the Floor” (Jennifer Lopez). Watch the video.
- Los Angeles County Fire Department even altered the lyrics in their video, “Can’t Stop Compressing.” Watch the video.
“We are very impressed by these videos,” said NAEMSP President David K. Tan, MD, EMT-T, FAAEM, FAEMS. “Not only are they fun and entertaining, but more importantly they show what to do if you see someone going into cardiac arrest. A bystander stepping in and performing CPR in that situation could potentially help save a life.” Tan participated in the video that launched the challenge. Watch the video.
The NAEMSP Board of Directors will vote on the best video, and the winning agency will receive two free registrations to the NAEMSP Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, January 6–11, 2020. While the deadline to be considered for the free registrations is June 15, 2019, NAEMSP encourages EMS agencies to continue making videos through the 2020 Annual Meeting.
NAEMSP is comprised of physicians and EMS professionals dedicated to providing leadership and fostering excellence in the subspecialty of EMS medicine and out-of-hospital care. NAEMSP is a leading healthcare advocate, most recently securing the passage of the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act.