A heart-warming story of how the arts can not only improve our lives, but save them as well.
As posted this week in KArts Culture News, a group of doctors in the United States have found that using the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive can actually help doctors perform CPR on heart attack victims. Honestly, this is a true story.
They don’t have to sing falsetto, but if the doctors or emergency personnel use the beat to the song they will get to the right rate of chest pumps.
Apparently, there are those who are afraid to perform CPR because they are not sure of the correct number of pumps per minute to help the victim. The American Heart Association sets the standard to push the chest 100 times per minute. In a study led by Dr. David Matlock at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, he found that keeping the Bee Gees’ masterpiece in their minds worked extremely well for fifteen doctors and med students. Stayin’ Alive has 103 beats per minute. (Of course, doctors need to make sure their leisure suits do not impede their movements.)
So, as a public service we present other appropriate rock anthems that clock in at 100 beats per minute:
- Another One Bites the Dust (Queen)
- Might be best not to sing this out loud while you are giving CPR.
- Onward Christian Soldiers
- Might be very confusing to the patient to switch between this and Another One Bites the Dust.
- Aeroplane (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
- Everyone already has their shirt off, so it fits right in.
- Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (Culture Club)
- Sort of a reverse guilt trip idea, if you die you would hurt me.
- Big Bang Generation (Duran Duran)
- Gives the patient an opportunity to focus on who was this generation?
- The Potion (Ludacris)
- Be cured and become hip at the same time.
- Boss of Me (They Might Be Giants)
- Good time to address the question of who is really the boss.
- Don’t Believe the Hype (Public Enemy)
- Might not necessarily provide the right degree of confidence for the patient.
- Mysterious Ways (U2)
- Very comforting: everyone knows Bono can do anything.
- Walk On (U2)
- You see: he has a second song which helps save lives.
At KadmusArts we connect the world to the arts, and now have a new way of keeping audiences alive for the arts.
What songs will you use?
- Bill Reichblum