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Published:October 19th, 2008 19:14 EST
Bee Gees

Bee Gees "Stayin' Alive" Can Save Lives

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Stayin` Alive" is the quintessential Disco song, in the 70s it provided the perfect backbeat for shaking your bootie and consuming various pharmaceuticals.

Whenever I hear the opening beat of "Stayin` Alive" I get the urge to put on my dancing shoes and strut down the street like John Travolta. Groovy Disco songs like "Stayin` Alive" helped us stay alive in the frenetic and crazy 70`s.

Doctors have found a novel use for this timeless classic, as a perfect beat for performing CPR.

"U.S. doctors have found the Bee Gees 1977 disco anthem `Stayin` Alive` provides an ideal beat to follow while performing chest compressions as part of CPR on a heart attack victim.

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."

Reuters

If an emergency arises I would be afraid that if I performed CPR I might fluff it up and kill the hapless victim. But if I hum "Stayin` Alive" while I perform chest compressions I will be so hyped up that I won`t be too upset if the victim croaks. It`s impossible to sing "Stayin` Alive" without acquiring Restless Legs Syndrome and getting a case of the Happy Jollies.

Disco doesn`t suck, it can save lives.