Stayin' Alive: should the rhythm for CPR be faster?

Researchers say they’ve found the optimal compression rate and depth

Performing CPR at the rate of 107 chest compressions per minute and to a depth of 4.7cm is associated with greater odds of survival for patients with cardiac arrest, a study suggests.

The Bee Gees
The Bee Gees.

The findings, published in JAMA Cardiology, are roughly in line with the well-known first aid tip of performing CPR to the tempo of the Bee Gees’ disco hit, Stayin’ Alive, which has 103 beats per minute.

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