Bee Gees belter may help cheat death
So long as we don't get generations of paramedics singing along to the tunes in their heads whilst resuscitating patients, I think I'm all for it:
The Bee Gees' 1977 falsetto stomper Stayin' Alive could be the latest tool in the fight against people dying, according to a new study.
Bloomberg soberly relays that the slouchy beat of the squealy white-men-big-hair disco evergreen was found to help medical students attain the correct pace for chest compressions. The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria put ten doctors and five med students to the funky test, playing them the mildly irritating but actually kind of awesome track as they practiced CPR on dummies.
The non-mortal coil shuffling tune packs 103 beats a minute, which is almost exactly the number of chest compressions the American Heart Association recommends for successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Weeks later, the sawbones in the small study could attain the same rhythm again by playing the disco doozie back to themselves in their heads.