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Disco Could Save Your Life

Posted by Matthew Greensmith at 5:07 AM on October 17, 2008

This is not tech-related, but medical-related, and thought I’d share. Like many people, I am certified in CPR and First Aid and keep my certification up to date. Because I work in a college environment with lots of young people who don’t always have the common sense they should have, I have found this training to be invaluable.

And while I’ve never had to perform CPR on anyone, I know I can if need be. Today, a new study from the University of Illinois at Peoria suggests that disco can save lives. Specifically, applying chest compressions to the beat of the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive can reach the target of over 100 beats per minute. The song has a measured beat of about 103 beats per minute, which when used as a template for compressions, is virtually perfectly matched to the standards published by the American Heart Association.

Performing CPR can triple the survival of victims, and the song is easily stuck in one’s head anyway because of its repetition and intense beat.

I wonder if I’ll get to hear the Bee Gees in my next CPR certification class?

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