Weird News Video #20 — Listen to Disco

Episode #20: “Listen to Disco, Save a Life”, from True’s 19 October 2008 issue.

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Listen to Disco, Save a Life

When doing CPR, the American Heart Association recommends 100 chest compressions per minute, but most people do them much too slowly. To get trainees into the rhythm, Dr. David Matlock of the University of Illinois medical school in Peoria has students listen to the appropriately titled Bee Gees tune “Stayin’ Alive”, and then imagine the song in their heads later when doing compressions. Sure enough, according to his study, to be presented to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the students pumped much faster when thinking about the song, averaging 109–113 beats per minute. (AP) …Of course, Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” is even more appropriate.

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2 Comments on “Weird News Video #20 — Listen to Disco

  1. Love your site and the “This is True” emails. The videos are pretty good except for one thing – that theme “music” Ugh! It sounds like an industrial accident.

    I’ve only had one other person say they don’t like them, and frequently get notes from people that they love it. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I’m in the “love it” category, and think it’s especially cool that the closing music every week is different. -rc

  2. Re: the music – I initially didn’t like it, but it’s grown on me, and I like the “theme with variations” in the closing music. 😀

    Re: the video – that 1927 resuscitation technique movie is interesting… it shows how far we’ve come since then in medical treatment!


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