Ben and Wayne were housemates at
university, and one day when Ben finished the class
and got home. Before he reached the door, he could
hear blaring disco music seeping through
the door to the front yard. Then he entered with wonder
and saw Wayne in the living room doing a weird practice.
What are you doing to that pillow?
Wayne is kneeling
down on the floor and pushing down on a pillow.
Are you pumping it?
Yeah, I'm pumping it. I'm practicing CPR chest compressions.
So, the pillow is Annie.
Yeah, say hi to her.
Grow up, mate. Then, what's the music about?
Oh, that's Stayin'
Bee Gees. Don't you know
Yeah, I know that song. But when did you become a disco
No, that's just the song we used in the CPR course because
it's very catchy.
Woo, the course sounds very energetic. You guys must
be having fun there.
Yeah, but the song was used not for having fun there.
The instructor used the song to help us time the
right beat when we were practicing on mannequins.
But the song is a bit old hat for
you guys, isn't
it. Maybe your instructor is a disco fan so he used
the song in the course to remind him of the already-gone
No, disco music or
disco fans have nothing to do with this course! It's
just that the song has the most proper
rhythm to jump-start a
stopped heart. That is, the rhythm of the song is 103
beats per minute while the recommended rate is 100 chest
compressions per minute. So, it's better that we get
hung up on the
song's beat when doing chest compressions.
Woo, you are suddenly a guru of
CPR. So, does that actually work?
Sure! The average number of beats I've got per
minute so far is around from 105 to 109. So, that really
That's cool. But can we use other songs, like...... Coldplay's Viva
Well, I don't know. Do you wanna try it?
Sure, I'll get the CD, and let's try it.
That's cool; let's do an un-professional medical experiment.