The Bee Gees, Heart Attacks and Staying Alive

The Bee Gees – Robin, Barry and Maurice

The demise of Robin Gibb today means that of the famous trio the Bee Gees, only Barry Gibb is left to carry the flag. Considered by many to be the  most popular group next to the Beatles, songs released in Australia,then Britain and subsequently in the US (Saturday Night Fever) ensured their legacy in the world of pop music.

But not even they could have foretold that their hit song “Staying Alive” would be forever remembered in the unlikely world of healthcare, more specifically in the context of cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. You see, the song goes at 102 beats per minute, which is close to the recommended 100 beats per minute that is recommended for chest compressions on patients who have collapsed suddenly. Now, this song-hit has sort of been adopted as an anthem in the medical world when it comes to CPR.

Under the new guidelines introduced in 2010, the time-honored sequence  of Airway, Breathing and  Circulation is now replaced with an emphasis on just Breathing alone while awaiting the arrival of the medics. For more details, see my earlier posting here. Not only that, the infamous kiss of life is now passe and the passing bystander need not be too concerned at all about mouth-to-mouth contact.

Here’s an interesting and funny demo to demonstrate how CPR is done:

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