Stayin’ Alive is Saving Lives

Not only is the Bee Gees hit song “Stayin’ Alive” great for learning CPR, but it is also an ideal track for doctors to listen to while performing surgery. According to a 2014 editorial written by three University Hospital of Wales doctors published in the British Medical Journal, music has a huge role in the operating room. The light-hearted editorial recommends a few tracks, saying that “‘Comfortably Numb’ by Pink Floyd is ideal while waiting for anesthesia to take effect…the Bee Gees hit “Stayin’ Alive” doubles as a metronome for correct cardiac compression rate in the disastrous event of an on-table cardiac arrest.

However, take caution in attempting John Travolta’s dance routine mid-surgery.” While the editorial is meant to be humorous, there have been multiple studies linking music in the operating room to improved surgical performance. All the more reason to listen to the Bee Gees.

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