Kiss of life Try the Vinnie Jones chest pump instead (to the beat of Bee Gees' Stayin' Alive, naturally)
Mouth to mouth often ineffective while chest compressions are crucial, say heart experts
It's an arresting sight – hard man Vinnie Jones captured on screen showing his caring side.
The film clip starring the former footballer is being used to tell members of the public how best to resuscitate a cardiac arrest victim.
Produced by the British Heart Foundation, it suggests giving someone the kiss of life could be a waste of time.
Instead, the charity’s experts recommend people hum Stayin’ Alive and pump the patient’s chest to the beat – around 100 to 120 times a minute.
Vinne Jones shows how chest compressions should be performed on someone who has stopped breathing
The clip shows Jones, reprising his
Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels gangster persona, demonstrating the
technique on a ‘geezer’ who has collapsed in an empty warehouse, while
the Bee Gees’ 1970s hit plays in the background.
He says to the camera: 'Say some geezer collapses in front of you – what do you do
'First off call 999. Then – no kissing. You only kiss your missus on the lips.
'You push hard and fast hear on the sovereign (gesturing to a medallion) to Stayin' Alive.'
The new guidelines come after experts found that giving mouth-to-mouth is often
ineffective if performed by an untrained member of the public. It also gets in the way of the crucial chest compression’s need
to keep the victim’s heart beating.
according to the charity, the sheer thought of having
to blow into someone’s mouth puts many of us off from even attempting
Mr Jones explains how members of the public should call 999 before checking if the collapsed person in breathing. Then chest compressions should be performed to the beat of Stayin Alive
resuscitation (CPR), as it is officially known, is given to patients
who have suffered a cardiac arrest – when their heart stops pumping
blood around the body.
At present official first-aid
guidelines recommend giving 30 chest compressions, then pinching their
nose and blowing into their lungs twice, and repeating until an
But the new guidelines state that people should ignore the breaths and give constant chest compressions 5-6cm deep (2 inches), just between the nipples, at the rate of 100 to 120 a minute.
The breaths of air, or rescue breaths, are meant to fill the patients’ lungs with oxygen – so you effectively breathe for them.
Guidance: The BHF says the public should give 'hard and fast' chest compressions to the beat of Stayin Alive by the Bee Gees (pictured in 1987)
But the BHF claims that when ordinary members of the public do this they don’t properly blow into the lungs – while at the same time they are stopping the chest compressions.
The organisation says that patients should have enough oxygen into their body to survive until help arrives so it is more essential that helpers concentrate on the compressions to pump blood round the body.
Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), as it is officially known, is given to patients who have suffered a cardiac arrest
Ellen Mason, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: 'The kiss of life can often be daunting for untrained bystanders who want to help when someone has collapsed with a cardiac arrest.
'Hands-only CPR should give lots of people the confidence and know-how to help save someone in cardiac arrest, the ultimate medical emergency. It’s been shown that hard, fast and uninterrupted chest compressions are better than stopping compressions for ineffective rescue breaths.
'It’s very simple; call 999 and then push hard and fast in the centre of the chest at a tempo similar to Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees. If you’re untrained or unconfident about the kiss of life give Hands-only CPR a go instead – it could help save someone’s life.'
Official figures show that survival rates for cardiac arrests are very low. Some 30,000 people suffer from one outside hospital every year and only 10 per cent will recover and be discharged from hospital.
The official guidelines will still recommend that trained medical professionals or people who have been trained in first aid still perform the kiss of life however.
A poll of 2,000 people by the BHF found that a fifth were put off by the thought of giving mouth-to-mouth or catching an infection. And four in ten feared they would be sued if they did something wrong.