Music is the best medicine? Well, you better believe it because according to a study by the University of Illinois College of Medicine, doctors and smedical tudents practiced CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on mannequins while listening to Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees and timing their chest compressions with the beat.
If you haven't heard the song before or want to refresh your memory, play the video tape of Bee Gees hit song below (hint: let the video run through the first time with the loud speakers turned off, then repeat with the loud speaker turned on. The is to avoid the irritating stop-go-stop-go playing for those with slow connections):
Five weeks later, they repeated without the music, but were told to think of the song while doing compressions. The average number of compressions the first time was 109 per minute; the second time it was 113. The recommended rate by the American Heart Association is 100 chest compressions per minute while the Bee Gees song Stayin' Alice contains 103 beats per minute, very close to the recommended beat. And according to Dr. Matlock, the average number of compressions of 109 and 113 after listening to Bee Gees song Stayin' Alive is better than too few.
It seems the American Heart Association too had used the Bee Gees hit song as a training tip for CPR instructors for 2 years already, according to Dr. Vinay Nadkarn.
Source: BBC News (Health)