Daily Archives: October 20th, 2008

‘Staying Alive’ – to stay alive

Heard of the Bee Gees hit “Staying Alive”? When the pop group launched their disco classic in 1977,  little did they realise that it would be the theme for thousands of medics to hum along as they performed the life-saving procedure known as CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation). How come?  Well, the pulsating rhythm of the song is at 103 beats per minute, which is close to the recommended 100 beats/min that the medics need to do in terms of the speed of chest compressions.

First, view this to appreciate the rhythm and the nostalgia of the disco hey-days:

Now, take a look at how its done, courtesy of CNN, by clicking the red button:

I would strongly recommend every lay-person learn basic CPR as the next time somebody has a cardiac arrest (it can happen anytime!), CPR can triple the survival rate.

For those who have already learnt, do note that the recent recommendations that were introduced a few years back now suggest 30 chest compressions followed by 2 breaths.

Or, for those who don’t like the Bee Gees and prefer rock, I would suggest this alternative “Another One Bites The Dust” by the Queen, although the title isn’t too appropriate!

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