“Stayin’ Alive” May Save Your Life

You can stop making fun of me for enjoying disco. Turns out disco saves lives, you jerks.

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. […]

In a small study headed by Dr. David Matlock of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, listening to “Stayin’ Alive” helped 15 doctors and medical students to perform chest compressions on dummies at the proper speed.

Good thing the Bee Gees didn’t go with one of the earlier suggested titles, like “Buried Alive” or “Saturday Night” (according to VH1 Pop-up Video). Not that it would’ve affected the beat, but I think it would’ve been creepier to hum while doing mouth-to-mouth.

I now want to see research on how awesome Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Right Round” is. It doesn’t relieve vertigo or anything, but come on, that song is awesome.

That’s the song they taught us to use at my ACLS course (Advanced Cardiac Life Support). Most people don’t seem to go fast or hard enough. There’s a sex joke in there somewhere.