I am an ER nurse, new to nursing, and new to the ER. I am terrified, exhilarated, and I LOVE my job. I have created this space to share and archive the lessons that I am learning, to blog about my day to day experiences, and to provoke discussions and dialogue with other ER nurses and healthcare professionals, and the general public on all things related to nursing, health and healthcare.
When doing CPR, the last thing you're thinking of is music, really, but maybe you should be, and specifically the Bee Gees song Stayin' Alive.
According to the American Heart Association, at 103 beats per minute the Stayin' Alive song almost perfectly matches the rhythm needed to jump start the heart (100 beats per minute). And, apparently, the American Heart Association has been using the song as a training tip for CPR instructors for about two years.
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