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First Aid: Nellie the Elephant & CPR

When giving someone CPR, you pump the chest 30 times and then give 2 rescue breaths. You need to give between 90 and 100 pumps or compressions of the chest per minute, but how can you tell if you’re reaching that target?

One way to do it is to pump the chest in time with the rhythm of a song. For example, think of the tune Nellie the Elephant. While giving chest compressions, run through the song in your head. This will guarantee that you keep the correct rate and rhythm and will give you the confidence to know you’re doing things right.

Simply run through the chorus of the song, which should give you exactly 30 compressions. Here are the words to the chorus, with syllables in bold showing pumps to the chest.

Nel-lie the El-ephant packed her trunk

And said goodbye to the circus

Off she went with a trumpety-trump

Trump, trump, trump

Nel-lie the El-ephant packed her trunk

And trund-led back to the jungle

Off she went with a trumpety-trump

Trump, trump, trump

If you count the syllables in bold, you’ll find that there are exactly 30. Also remember not to get too involved in the song so you’re still able to put the correct amount of pressure on the chest.

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