Fortis Hospital in SAS Nagar organised a campaign to spread cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at Elante Mall here on Sunday.
It was done through a 'flash mob' sequence showing a person suffering a cardiac arrest and his life being saved through hands-only CPR. The flash mob was held as part of the campaign of Fortis Hospital to make the tricity 'CPR Smart'.
The flash mob saw the doctors and employees of Fortis dance to the tune of 'Stayin' Alive' to demonstrate the simple steps of hands-only CPR. As per the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation guidelines, the CPR involves chest compressions at least 5 cm (2 inches) deep and at a rate of at least 100 per minute to pump blood through the heart and thus the body.
The American Heart Association has chosen the song 'Stayin Alive' for the CPR sessions because the beats of the song set the perfect rhythm for the caregiver to give the required compressions per minute.
Speaking about the objective of holding the event, Dr Arun Sharma from the hospital's Critical Care Unit said, "The CPR delays tissue death and provides a brief window of opportunity for a successful resuscitation without permanent brain damage. A World Health Organization (WHO) study shows that less than 1% of Indians are aware of what is CPR, what to speak about actually carrying out the procedure!"