U.S. doctors report that the Bee Gees’ "Stayin’ Alive" song provides an ideal beat to follow while performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a heart attack victim.
CPR is a lifesaving technique that needs to be performed properly, and it involves either chest compressions or mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing. The former is either done alone or together with the latter.
Doctors from University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria have found the Bee Gees ‘Stayin Alive’ is a perfect song to follow while performing the CPR techniques on a heart attack victim. The American Heart Association recommends that chest compression be given at a rate of 100 per minute in CPR. The doctors have found “Stayin’ Alive” perfectly matches that requirement at 103 beats per minute.
Without a defibrillator nearby, CPR is very useful in saving lives, especially in emergencies such as cardiac arrest . But an incorrect CPR does the opposite.
Dr. David Matlock of the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine at Peoria helped 15 doctors and medical students to perform the CPR in a correct manner while listening to the song “Stayin’ Alive”. He made them repeat several times over five weeks and then he asked the group to perform CPR again without the song. According to Matlock they performed well.
In a telephone interview, Dr. Matlock told Reuters, "The theme 'Stayin' Alive' is very appropriate for the situation...Everybody's heard it at some point in their life. People know the song and can keep it in their head."
Dr. Matlock will present his findings at a meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians in Chicago later this month.