Sunday, 19 October 2008

Barry! I can't quite breathe!

I found this 'news' story on the BBC website. I LOVE the Bee Gees. And I've found a good reason for proving that loving them is truly life saving...

Bee Gees hit could save your life

US medics have found the Bee Gees' 1977 hit Stayin' Alive is an ideal beat to follow to perform chest compressions on a victim of a cardiac arrest.
Research says it contains 103 beats per minute, close to the recommended rate of 100 chest compressions per minute.
An author of the study said many people were put off performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)as they were not sure about keeping the correct rhythm.
He said CPR could triple cardiac arrest survival rates when performed properly.
The study by the University of Illinois College of Medicine saw 15 doctors and students performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on mannequins while listening to Stayin' Alive. They were asked to their time chest compressions with the beat.
Five weeks later, they did the same drill 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 - more than recommended by the American Heart Association, but better than too few, according to Dr Matlock.
"It drove them and motivated them to keep up the rate, which is the most important thing," he told the Associated Press.
A spokesman for the American Heart Association, Dr Vinay Nadkarni, said it had been using Stayin' Alive as a training tip for CPR instructors for about two years, although it was not aware of any previous studies that tested the song.

Now all I really need is for Barry Gibb to rock up in his close fitting spandex trousers. (Seriously - did someone spray paint those on him!? Cos that's a job that I would love!!) Him to rock up, while I was having some kind of respiratory problem. Not that I'm willing poor health upon myself, but just an excuse for Baz to look in to my eyes and sing Stayin Alive.

Don't be fooled - this isn't Barbara Streisand with the Bazmeister. It's me after doing the school walk in the rain.


Melissa Bastow said...

You're so funny. I'm also a fan of the Beegees but more in a "don't you dare give me mouth to mouth" sort of way. I just like the music.

Carol said...

Ah the Bee Gee's. Clearly the world would grind to a halt without them.

Julie said...

I saw this report on the news the other night and they showed people seriously dancing while they practiced CPR. Also...I used to have a Bee Gees lunch box growing up. Wish I still had it!

Jen said...

Nothing like saving lives to the tunes of the Bee Gee's. I totally love the irony here. It cracks me up:)