Danville hospital teaches CPR through the song 'Baby Shark'

Published: Jan. 30, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST
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It's a catchy song with an even bigger purpose now for Danville students.

The song "Baby Shark" is exactly 100 beats per minute, the same that is needed to perform adequate CPR. That's why it's now being used to help students understand the basics of hands-only CPR, a recently added requirement to graduate high school under Virginia law.

"It was almost the whole section that would just stop and the whole section would just go to the beat so when we we're trying to think of how to engage our elementary students and our athletic teams, we were like 'Baby Shark,'" said Kelli Clay, with SOVAH Danville.

River City TV created a video that helps show kids what to do when the song comes on. SOVAH Danville is also getting ready for their third annual Heart Gala on February 9th. The proceeds will go toward buying new CPR and AED's for Danville Public Schools.

"Stayin Alive" also works to time chest compressions, as does "Another One Bites the Dust" (though that one wouldn't be recommended in a real-life medical emergency). Taking cues from the infamous CPR scene in "The Office," an Arizona mechanic

, even with zero medical training.