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Recently, a public campaign was organized to raise awareness about AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) and to promote its use by a group of Year 4 HKU MBBS students, as part of their ‘Health Advocacy Project’.


Rhythm is the heartbeat of music. “Alive by CPR” is an upbeat pop-song capturing the heartbeat of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a lifesaving technique for heart attack victims. Similar to Bee Gee’s song “Stayin’ Alive”, the TELI team recomposed the lyrics of “Alive”, a song by a local band called RubberBand, with a rhythm of 120 beats per minute (bpm), matching with the recommended CPR rate of 100 to 120 chest compressions per minute.

When TELI Meets Music: The First CPR Song in Hong Kong
Heart attack is a scary thing to imagine. The collapse of a heart attack victim right in front of you is even more terrifying – Don’t panic. You might just be one step away from saving his life. If we perform CPR on the collapsed victim within 5 minutes, the survival rate can be increased by as much as 50 percent.

There are nearly 3000 people suffering from Sudden Cardiac Death every year in Hong Kong, yet there is no mandatory first-aid training in local schools. To raise public awareness of CPR, the Emergency Medicine Unit (EMU) of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine initiated a series of campaigns in hope of increasing bystander response rates in cardiac emergencies.

One initiative to educate the general public is through music. The TELI team together with RubberBand and the EMU produced a music video on CPR, with correct procedures demonstrated. TELI is proud to act as the bridge between medical professionals and entertainers.

Only a Heartbeat Away: AED Locator App
In companion with the CPR song, HKUEMU AED (Apple store,Google Play store), an AED locator app, has been developed by TELI in collaboration with EMU.


AED stands for automated external defibrillator, a device that can dramatically increase a victim’s chance of survival by applying shock to his heart. However, inaccessibility is always an issue, especially during emergency. With this app and a GPS locator, you can locate the nearest AED in the area. This app also offers instructions on how to perform CPR on heart attack victims. You can also contribute to the map by adding unidentified AED locations!


(From left to right)

  • Information provided by the app
  • Map showing the locations of AED nearby
  • In case of emergency, you can call 999 through the app
  • You can submit information of new AED locations


“It’s never too late to learn CPR. I cannot see a reason of not acquiring this skill if it can save a person’s life,” said 泥鯭, the drummer of RubberBand. You can be a rescuer at any point of your life. Stay upbeat. Stay alive.

Further reading

  1. Behind the scenes – Filming of the MV
  2. Press release: 港大倡加強急救技能培訓 冀提升院外突發性心臟驟停患者存活率
  3. Press release: HKU Advocates Extensive CPR and AED Training to Enhance Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest Survival Rate
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Are you interested in film production? Have you ever thought of being a videographer, a lighting technician, or even a director of your own film to tell a story worth sharing? Leaving their comfort zones and intensive study schedules, students from the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine took up the challenge of preparing a series of videos on basic life support skills (some of which are very similar to first-aid procedures), with the first two that went into production being compression-only CPR and choking management.

Led by the Emergency Medicine Unit (EMU) of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine and in collaboration with the Technology-Enhanced Learning Initiative (TELI), our medical students participated in a filming tutorial session on August 19 and had their first trial of filming on October 26, 2015. Taught by a professional multimedia specialist lined up by TELI, the students picked up plentiful useful skills in filming such as transforming a set of medical procedures into practicable storyboards, acting naturally in front of the camera, and synchronizing audio and video in the post-production phase. Each student played a special role in the video making process, and their enthusiasm made the filming night a fun and memorable experience.

IMG_0507Moreover, this experience gave students a chance to share their knowledge in emergency medicine in layman’s terms through easy-to-understand yet informative videos. The steps that a rescuer takes during the first few minutes of a medical emergency are critical and can mean a difference between life and death. Therefore, offering these videos of basic life support skills are definitely important.

Filming will continue in the coming months. The whole series will be for both teaching and publicity. The elderly group has been identified as the major target audience. Stay tuned for more news about this project.

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