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Stayin’ Alive: How Music May Influence Your Medical Treatment

Stayin’ Alive: How Music May Influence Your Medical Treatment

Stayin’ Alive: How Music May Influence Your Medical Treatment. According to officials at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital, select rhythmic songs can help first responders and people trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation administer hands-on CPR at the proper speed needed for it to be successful. For that to happen, each compression on the chest of a victim needs to be at about 100 beats a minute. A Playlist to Re-Spark a Heart Of course, “Stayin’ Alive” isn’t the only Baby Boomer-era song that could be a vital 100-beat aid in performing life-saving CPR. Health officials say such preparation can be invaluable. A study conducted by the Medical Journal of Australia, designed to explore the effects of rock and classical music on surgical speed, accuracy, and perceived distraction, showed a definite downside to loud rock. In fact, they didn’t even use real surgeons. Instead, more than 350 men and women who had no prior medical experience were selected to see what effects music had in the operating room. Each of the subjects performed “surgery” on the character “Cavity Sam” by using the popular board game “Operation” and removing three “organs.” While performing their “surgical” operations, the subjects were made to listen to the sounds of an actual operating room, classic music like Mozart and loud rock like AC/DC songs. The results showed that listening to rock music impaired men, but not women.