Dr. David Matlock, as part of his research, mixed the Bee Gees classic "Stayin' Alive" with CPR, and this attempt is helping to save millions of lives all around the world over. Now, how does a song help the effectiveness of CPR?
This is how it does. The key to performing CPR effectively is in applying rhythmic pressures while giving chest compressions. A study was conducted wherein medical personnel were trained to provide chest compressions as part of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with the pop classic “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees playing in the background. It was seen that the personnel who were performing chest compressions while listening to this song, maintained close to the ideal rhythm of 100 compressions per minute, even weeks after completing their training. A Rhythm of 100 compressions per minute is a standard set by the American Heart Association (AHA). This was possible with the song Staying Alive because this song has 103 beats per minute, which is exactly the same rate at which compressions should be applied. Application of the ideal number of rhythmic compressions per minute enhanced the effectiveness of CPR and enhances the survival chances of the victim.
The effectiveness of the song "Staying Alive" was to such that, after five weeks, when the same personnel were retested, this time without listening to the song, they performed chest compressions at an average rate of 113 beats per minute, which is well within the acceptable range. Research has been performed with several other pop classics having the same beats per minute, but the meaning of staying Alive, actually goes very well when saving a life is involved.
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