Friday, October 17, 2008

The Bee Gees Saved My Life...Literally!

Keeping the beat for CPR? Hum "Stayin' Alive": Study shows the disco hit helps bystanders remember lifesaving rhythm - MSNBC

And how they mocked you, Brothers Gibb! Will they mock you now? Mua-ha-ha!


Turns out the 1977 disco hit has 103 beats per minute, a perfect number to maintain — and retain — the best rhythm for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.

A small study by University of Illinois College of Medicine researchers in Peoria has found that 10 doctors and five medical students who listened to the "Saturday Night Fever" tune while practicing CPR not only performed perfectly, they remembered the technique five weeks later.

“Both the message of the title and the mechanics of the music support the CPR message,” said Mary Fran Hazinski, a nurse at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville and senior science editor for the heart association.

Neither Matlock nor the heart association have compiled lists of other CPR-friendly songs, though many popular tunes do have the appropriate beat. One suggested song has the right rhythm but the wrong message:

It’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” by Queen.

Oh, the irony. Cruel, cruel irony!

1 comment:

Herr Zrbo said...

It's funny how bored that gal looks next to John. I guess his magic Scientological powers have no effect.