Blog | Friday, October 17, 2008

The Bee Gees saved your life tonight

Disco may be dead, but the Bee Gees' hit song "Stayin' Alive" has literally found new life. Research that will be presented during the American College of Emergency Physicians' scientific assembly in Chicago this month revealed that the song has almost the same number of beats per minute (103) as the AHA's recommended compressions per minute for CPR (100).

And it may be annoying you right now, but the way that beat gets stuck in your head also turns out to be a good thing. Having practiced CPR with the music helped medical students and physicians maintain the ideal rhythm, even weeks later without the benefit of headphones. "A number of pop songs have the right rhythm for CPR, but of course the meaning of 'Stayin' Alive' is pretty powerful when you are trying to save someone's life," one researcher pointed out.

But the funniest comment on the subject comes from a resident interviewed by the Associated Press: "I heard a rumor that 'Another One Bites the Dust' works also, but it didn't seem quite as appropriate."