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Date:3/21/2013

ephant" as background music significantly increased the number of people getting the right rate of compressions on a manikin, but that there was a drop in those hitting the correct depth.

A second study, published in the Emergency Medical Journal in 2012 , found that the proportion of paramedics who maintained compressions within the optimal range of 100 to 120 a minute was significantly higher when listening to "Disco Science" by Mirwais (82%) than when listening to "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus (64%) or no music at all (65%). But over a third of compressions were still too shallow, irrespective of the music used. "We found that "Achy Breaky Heart" was actually harmful because it made people compress too fast, so that the heart didn't have a chance to fill properly," said Rawlins. They did not, however, investigate "Stayin' Alive", by the Bee Gees, which the British Heart Foundation used in their 2012 "Hard and Fast" ad campaign.

At the end of the studies the investigators remained unconvinced that music provided any additional benefits in improving the quality of CPR compared with using a metronome. "We think the problem may be that music distracted people from focusing on the force of the compressions," explained Rawlins. In future, she said, it might be more effective to develop manikins with sensors for pressure and rate that could be attached to Wii Fit type devices to deliver real time feedback, and also to have smart phone aps that could be used to provide a metronome in emergency situations.

Appendix

The latest guidelines from the European Resuscitation Council (ERC)4 and the American Heart Association, both updated 2010, emphasize that chest compressions are the most important action in resuscitation. The new drill goes that if someone is unresponsive and their breathing is noisy, infrequent or doesn't seem normal, after calling for an ambulance you should start hands only CPR. Here the technique involves
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