Saturday, October 18, 2008

Stayin' Alive: Sing it for CPR!

This is a great story about how music makes sense!

The American Heart Association has been using the original 1977 song from the Bee Gees as an aid people learning CPR. It turns out that the song has 103 beats per minute. The AHA recommends that chest compressions for CPR be given at 100 times per minute.

I usually have to maintain my CPR certification in order to work with certain populations. I have often wondered if I would be able to remember the instructions if the time ever came that I had to perform the life saving procedures. This song is the perfect combination of lyrics and rhythm being key factors for the therapeutic use of music. The AHA even tested their theory about the song by having a small group of medical professionals do CPR while listening to the song. They were reported to do the chest compressions at almost the perfect rate. This same group was then tested to see how they would do without the recorded music, but still singing the song in their heads as they did the chest compressions for CPR. Amazingly, they were able to maintain very similar rates of compression without the recorded music!

The story is here at Fox News.

...Somebody help me, yeah. Stayin' alive!

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