Sunday, October 19, 2008

Last night a Bee Gee saved my life

It turns out - according to the University of Illinois, anyway - that Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees has the perfect beat to train people to do CPR:

The study by the University of Illinois College of Medicine saw 15 doctors and students performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on mannequins while listening to Stayin' Alive. They were asked to their time chest compressions with the beat.

Five weeks later, they did the same drill without the music, but were told to think of the song while doing compressions.

The average number of compressions the first time was 109 per minute; the second time it was 113 - more than recommended by the American Heart Association, but better than too few, according to Dr Matlock.

"It drove them and motivated them to keep up the rate, which is the most important thing," he told the Associated Press.

Sadly, though, a similar experiment by the Illinois Fire And Rescue Department using New York Mining Disaster 1941 resulted in the death of seven coal miners.


4 comments:

Stef said...

My first aid tutor (a consultant surgeon at the local hospital) recommends 2 breaths to 30 compressions at around 80bpm, using the chorus of "Nelly the Elephant" twice for the count (and tempo).

This sounds silly but is more sensible then the Bee Gees, in that it'll give you the correct amount of compressions – try singing the chorus of Nelly while tapping it out: you'll get a count of 15. Tempo is, of course, subjective, but if you sing it briskly it'll be close to the ideal rate.

Chris Brown said...

As long as it's not the Toy Dolls version, though...

Laura Brown said...

We were also told to use Nelly the Elephant, or, if we preferred, the theme to the Archers.

simon h b said...

@laura
Daily episode version or omnibus, jug band style?

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