The Bee Gees are ‘Stayin’ Alive’ on the CPR Scene

John Travolta Staying Alive Photo

During my July WFR course here at Landmark Learning, when it came time to learn CPR Justin brought in his laptop and played the Bee Gees song "Stayin' Alive".  While the title is very appropriate for the subjust the real reason that he played the song was to help us keep a good rhythm while giving chest compressions.  It was brilliant!  There we all were counting to ourselves and compressing to this perfect rhythm.  We were in sync and we were having fun.  But, it turns out that there is more to it.

 A student and friend sent us this link on our Facebook page.  This article on the MSNBC site discusses a study that was done to show the effectiveness of people using the "Stayin' Alive" rhythm while perforning CPR.

 Here are a few paragraphs from the article...

"Under most circumstances, it's best to keep the beat of the Bee Gees song “Stayin' Alive” out of your head, but heart specialists have come up with one good reason to remember: It could save someone's life.

Turns out the 1977 disco hit has 103 beats per minute, a perfect number to maintain — and retain — the best rhythm for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.

A small study by University of Illinois College of Medicine researchers in Peoria has found that 10 doctors and five medical students who listened to the "Saturday Night Fever" tune while practicing CPR not only performed perfectly, they remembered the technique five weeks later.

Participants in the study listening to the song performed CPR at the recommended rate, about 100 beats per minute. Five weeks later, without the music, they performed at 113 beats a minute, which is within an acceptable range, Matlock said." Follow this link for the whole article: