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"Stayin Alive" Helps You Stay Alive

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the truthful-advertising dept.

Science 31

In a small study conducted at the University of Illinois medical school, doctors and students maintained close to the ideal number of chest compressions doing CPR while listening to the Bee Gees hit, "Stayin' Alive." At 103 beats per minute, the old disco song has almost the perfect rhythm to help keep accurate time while doing chest compressions. The study showed the song helped people who already know how to do CPR, and the results were promising enough to warrant larger, more definitive studies with real patients or untrained people. I wonder what intrinsic power is contained in "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?"

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Someone please kill me (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25416541)

Before I have to read another Idle story. And please don't bring me back until it is gone.

Re:Someone please kill me (1)

oxidiser (1118877) | more than 5 years ago | (#25416635)

You could, ummm... not read them.

Re:Someone please kill me (1)

fred ugly (125371) | more than 5 years ago | (#25416651)

Before I have to read another Idle story.

have to?

Re:Someone please kill me (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25416837)

I'm busy, but I'm sure you can find a bridge nearby and take care of it yourself.
or, not read the idle stories, whichever.

Re:Someone please kill me (5, Funny)

easyTree (1042254) | more than 5 years ago | (#25417679)

I'm busy, but I'm sure you can find a bridge nearby and take care of it yourself.

See? This is the kind of community spirit that idle encourages. Slashdotters who can't be bothered to kill a fellow Slashdotter as an act of charity. Truly, idle is pants.

Re:Someone please kill me (2, Funny)

Reikk (534266) | more than 5 years ago | (#25417793)

Maybe this can help keep BSD alive

Staying alive? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25416565)

I need to get out more, when I read "Staying Alive", I thought they were referring to Still Alive [vgcats.com] .Which, when you think about it, would help you stay alive in the scenario that you wake up in an Aperture Science Lab.

And after... (3, Funny)

dtdns (559328) | more than 5 years ago | (#25416579)

...you get your CPR, you can sing "Still Alive" from Portal.

Re:And after... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25416609)

...you get your CPR, you can sing "Still Alive" from Portal.

And if it doesn't work, there's always Queen, "Another one bites the dust".

Re:And after... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25417641)

Strangely 'Another one bites the dust' was exactly the song I'd heard you should also keep time with when doing CPR.

Prosecutor - 'Mr Witness can you please tell the court why you don't believe the defendant was trying to save the victim?'
Witness- 'Because he was humming the tune to 'another one bites the dust' to himself'

Re:And after... (1)

phorge (93821) | more than 5 years ago | (#25417939)

You say this as a joke, but my girlfriends ACLS instructor (she's a nurse) pointed out that you can, indeed, use Queen's "Another one bites the dust". The bpm is nearly identical.

Ironic.

Who woulda thought... (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#25418203)

You say this as a joke, but my girlfriends ACLS instructor (she's a nurse) pointed out that you can, indeed, use Queen's "Another one bites the dust". The bpm is nearly identical.

Ironic.

"Ironic" is kinda slow for CPR... Don'cha think?

Re:Who woulda thought... (1)

E IS mC(Square) (721736) | more than 5 years ago | (#25419259)

"Doncha Think" - with its uneven beats, I am not sure how it can be useful in CPR.

CPR is for the good of all of us (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25416815)

Except the ones who are dead.

I tried CPR on a sleeping person... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25418083)

But there's no sense crying over every mistake, you just keep on trying...

Re:CPR is for the good of all of us (1)

PMuse (320639) | more than 4 years ago | (#25423899)

Except the ones who are dead.

And, except for the ones whose hearts are beating.

(broken ribs, bruising, induced arrhythmias -- no fun at all)

Sure, but what if you're successful (4, Funny)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 5 years ago | (#25417017)

The patient wakes up hearing someone on top of them singing disco. They'll probably think they woke up in hell, have a stroke and die.

Re:Sure, but what if you're successful (2, Funny)

aardwolf64 (160070) | more than 5 years ago | (#25417803)

Or maybe that everything since the 70s was just a big dream...

Re:Sure, but what if you're successful (3, Informative)

lastchance_000 (847415) | more than 5 years ago | (#25417823)

Here's a list of alternatives [bpmdatabase.com] .

Been Reading /. Too Long (1)

BigAssRat (724675) | more than 5 years ago | (#25418175)

Got this from the database...first read it as "Cowboy Neal" as the singer.

"Neal McCoy" "That Woman Of Mine" 103 BPM Atlantic Records 1996

Re:Sure, but what if you're successful (1)

Brynath (522699) | more than 5 years ago | (#25418471)

.... Here's a list of alternatives [bpmdatabase.com] .....

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Here is a "Jem" from that list that will make someone receiving CPR want to kill themselves:

Los Del Rio Macarena 103 BPM RCA Records 1995

Re:Sure, but what if you're successful (3, Informative)

ReverendLoki (663861) | more than 5 years ago | (#25418459)

If you want an alternative, Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust" also works. I'm sure the recipient would much rather here that upon regaining consciousness... Plus, the added benefit of the joy in the faces of the patient's loved ones when they recognize what you are humming under your breath, as their beloved friend/family member slowly slips away!

Re:Sure, but what if you're successful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25421695)

Rick Astley
Never Gonna Give You Up
114 BPM

Beat that

Say What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25417953)

We've actually already started implementing this technique for a couple of years in EMT and Paramedic School.

Re:Say What? (1)

Werkhaus (549466) | more than 5 years ago | (#25419123)

Time to CPR an old post.

An easy way to remember the timing was shown to me by a paramedic and diving instructor.
30 compressions is the chorus of "Nellie The Elephant"

NELLie the ELephant PACKed her TRUNK and SAID goodBYE to the CIR - CUS,
OFF she WENT with a TRUMPety TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP
NELLie the ELephant PACKed her TRUNK and TRUNdled OFF to the JUN - GLE
OFF she WENT with a TRUMPety TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP

If you sing the Toy Dolls version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otBWbVdvxLk [youtube.com] [youtube.com]
you'll even get the 100bpm about right.

Could be worse (1)

hob42 (41735) | more than 5 years ago | (#25418753)

One of my CPR instructors taught us to use the beat of "another one bites the dust".

And what caused the heart attack? (1)

Quila (201335) | more than 5 years ago | (#25418987)

Night Fever

My song... (1)

MagicDude (727944) | more than 5 years ago | (#25421063)

When I did my EMT training, the song I learned was "Another one bites the dust". My instructor also told us not to start singing during compressions.

This is nothing new (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25421753)

I've been certified for 13 years and I remember being taught the "Staying Alive" trick way back then. Now it's been studied and it's suddenly news.

Re: (1)

clint999 (1277046) | more than 5 years ago | (#25433941)

Am I the only one that is completely confused?

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