I get an email at least weekly that gives me a little blurb about some recent medical studies and also gives some more practical commentary on the findings. Tonight I laughed out loud while reading this commentary about a recent medical study done in Australia. It's definitely the first time that's ever happened and is likely to be the last. Medical research? Usually not that funny.
Anyway, there has been info in the news lately about how you should do CPR to the tune of "Stayin' Alive." Don't believe me? You can even see this in an episode of The Office.
Anyway, some researchers wanted to do a study to prove or disprove that this is helpful. So they designed a study where they had EMS workers perform CPR on manikins while listening to "Disco Science," "Achy Breaky Heart," or no music at all. They found that although the participants did pump a lot faster while listening to "Disco Science" compared to "Achy Breaky Heart" or nothing, no one pumped deep enough to be helpful. The conclusion of the authors of this study was that therefore music wasn't helpful and maybe we should just use a metronome instead.
Here is a direct quote of the commentary provided:
"A metronome instead of the Bee Gees? Really? The advantage of music is that it can be self playing in the mind of the rescuer, whereas use of a metronome would require the physical presence of the device. Although listening to a song with a cadence of 105 beats/minute did not improve compression depth, it did improve compression rate. That said, the choice of song should be made carefully; despite its perfect rhythm, Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" might not be the best choice in a code situation."
Ha! Now I know what song will be in my head during the next code I go to.....