I saw this on NBC Nightly News last night and Yahoo! News just reminded me of it. Behold the saving power of a disco anthem (I bolded my very favorite part for you):
U.S. doctors have found the Bee Gees 1977 disco anthem “Stayin’ Alive” provides an ideal beat to follow while performing chest compressions as part of CPR on a heart attack victim.
The American Heart Association calls for chest compressions to be given at a rate of 100 per minute in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). “Stayin’ Alive” almost perfectly matches that, with 103 beats per minute.
CPR is a lifesaving technique involving chest compressions alone or with mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing. It is used in emergencies such as cardiac arrest in which a person’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.
CPR can triple survival rates, but some people are reluctant to do it in part because they are unsure about the proper rhythm for chest compressions. But research has shown many people do chest compressions too slowly during CPR.
In a small study headed by Dr. David Matlock of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, listening to “Stayin’ Alive” helped 15 doctors and medical students to perform chest compressions on dummies at the proper speed.
Five weeks after practicing with the music playing, they were asked to perform CPR again on dummies by keeping the song in their minds, and again they kept up a good pace.
“The theme ‘Stayin’ Alive’ is very appropriate for the situation,” Matlock said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “Everybody’s heard it at some point in their life. People know the song and can keep it in their head.”
The findings will be presented this month at a meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians in Chicago.
Who wouldn’t want to be saved by young John Travolta in tighty white pants?
By the way, if you’ve never seen Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever, you are missing some cheesy awesome 80s style fashion and dancing. And it was written and directed by… Sylvester Stallone. With costumes by Bob Mackie. And it looks like this at the end:
I thought it was pretty awesome when I was 6 and laughed my butt off at it recently. Anyway, the Bee Gees are literal lifesavers now!