STAYING ALIVE: While doing compressions to the beats of hits by the Bee Gees, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, high school students from the Boston area practiced hands-only CPR training on mannequins Oct. 24. The training is part of a partnership between the MGH Center for Community Health Youth Scholars program and the MGH Cardiac Arrhythmia Service.

Students learned about the anatomy of the heart, the science behind defibrillators and pacemakers, the importance of automatic external defibrillators and practiced chest compressions under the guidance of members of the MGH Cardiac Arrhythmia Service. “The sooner bystanders start CPR, the better the patient outcomes will be,” says Sharon McKenna, RN, nurse director of the MGH Cardiac Cath Lab. “Research has demonstrated that those precious seconds do make a difference.”

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