EUREKA — With the song “Stayin’ Alive” playing in the background in the Eureka High School auditorium, 20 students performed chest compressions.
They were pressing hard and fast on the center of the chest — to the beat of the disco song — using CPR head-and-torso manikins.
“Keep your arms straight,” health and wellness teacher Jami Geirnaeirt called out.
Jan Berlin, training center coordinator at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, corrected some students by showing them to put one hand on top of the other — rather than side by side — before beginning compressions.
Correct form is important when the goal is saving a life.