Disco CPR

Okay. A bit off topic for me, but having danced to many a disco tune this bit of news caught my eye.

Doctors and students at the University of Illinois medical school have been in training using disco music. No, they are not dancing in the emergency room, but they have been wearing IPods to catch the rhythm of the Bee Gees’ song “Stayin’ Alive.”  Turns out that disco music can help save lives (which, of course, I love since I am one of those weird folks who loved disco).

Students in training have listened to the song while performing CPR on mannequins and then tried doing CPR without the IPods but using the tune in their heads.  Either way, the increased number of compressions per minute is what is needed to help save lives.

The article also mentioned that the song “Another One Bites the Dust” has the correct rhythm but didn’t seem quite appropriate.

Long live disco!


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