Thursday, October 16, 2008

File This Under: Random things that could be useful in an emergency

Stayin' Alive really works --

U.S. doctors have found the Bee Gees 1977 disco anthem "Stayin' Alive" provides
an ideal beat to follow while performing chest compressions as part of CPR on a
heart attack victim. The American Heart Association calls for chest
compressions to be given at a rate of 100 per minute in cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR). Stayin' Alive" almost perfectly matches that, with 103
beats per minute.

(Full article from Yahoo! news)

It sounds funny but I think this is a stroke of genius. I've done CPR only once for an extended amount of time but I can see how some kind of framework like this would be useful to just about anybody! Don't know if this study cost more than the price of a CD (though I'm almost willing to bet this dude already had it at home), this is research money well spent, in my opinion. Now we just have to wait and see if the song will end up being part of the standard equipment in a first responder's pack...


Blogging will probably be sporadic as my parents are coming for a visit and then we're moving! I'm going to try to get in a Dracula post before then, though.


KathyUSA said...

Yeah! Time to move!!! Hope that goes well! I'm in Charleston at a meeting this week.

KathyUSA said...

David and I went walking around in Charleston today. Between the houses were tiny little green areas which were their yard. I just wanted to take pictures of them for you to give you great ideas for yours. They were all so quaint and lovely. It's amazing what you can do with a little space.