Tough Call

Stayin’ Alive with CPR – Keeping CPR Time with the Bee Gees

The University of Illinois medical school studied the effect the song had on keeping time during CPR. Five weeks after practicing CPR with the song playing on an iPod, doctors at the medical school were able to hum along without the music and keep time just a little bit faster than 100 per minute, which is perfectly fine when we’re talking about chest compressions.

First, I’m surprised that anyone, even a young doctor in love, would be able to hit the tempo accurately under stress. Second, would it be worth having that song burned into your brain forever, just for a less-than-50-50 chance of saving a life?

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