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Pediatrics’ Dr. Alson Inaba called upon again to help national Heart Association promote Hands-Only CPR

Date: May 20th, 2015 in Breakthoughs, Care, Faculty, JABSOM News, Research    Print or PDF

Dr. Inaba with the actress appearing with him in NYC.

Pictured: An image from the American Heart Association “CPR Stayin’ Alive” Campaign featuring Dr. Inaba, right, with an American actress, in New York City.

Pediatrics Emergency Medicine Professor Alson Inaba, MD is helping the American Heart Association (AHA) once again in its push to save lives through “HANDS-FREE CPR”. Dr. Inaba, who came up with the great idea to use the mathematically perfect and eminently memorable Bee Gees classic, “Stayin’ Alive” as a song to sing in order to keep rhythm with the necessary compressions needed to properly perform hands-only CPR.

Dr. Inaba has been the national face of the AHA campaign in years past (appearing side movie celebrities and dancers clad in white suits, a la John Travolta from the movie “Saturday Night Fever.” Everyday Health called Inaba’s innovation “The Tip from Honolulu Heard Around the World”.

This year, the heart association launched another Hands-Only CPR promo video using a singing group, in acapella fashion, and quoting Dr. Inaba, who works at Kapiʻolani Medical Center, in its news releases for National CPR Week.

Dr. Inaba’s classroom teaching innovation has saved lives around the world, and is one more reason we are proud of JABSOM’s mission, ALOHA: Attaining Lasting Optimal Health for All.

Ranked among 2016’s Top 20 Best Medical Schools in the U.S. for Primary Care by US News & World Report, the John A. Burn School of has trained half of the physicians now treating patients in the State of Hawaiʻi. In its medical education (MD) and graduate medical education (MD Residency) programs, JABSOM is training 494 future physicians in 2014-2015, at medical center sites and in cooperation with Hawaiʻi Pacific Health, The Queen’s Medical Center, Kuakini Health Systems, Wahiawā General Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi, Castle Medical Center, Tripler and the Veterans Administration, and UCERA-operated clinics including The Physician Center Mililani and the Lau Ola Clinic at 677 Ala Moana Blvd.

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