Which tune is best to mentally sing while doing chest compressions?
The British Heart Foundation advert with Vinny Jones uses the 1977 Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive to help maintain an adequate rate of chest compressions during CPR. Another common tune is Nellie the Elephant by Ralph Butler and Peter Hart. A study published in the British Medical Journal did show that the latter was effective in keeping the right rate of compressions but reduced the depth of compressions to a level that was not adequate for effective circulation. You may also remember the advert for McEwans …’McEwans is the best beer, the best beer…’ which has also been cited in the past. Further research is required to identify if mentally singing a tune with the correct tempo can help with effective chest compressions as the depth of those compressions may be compromised. Both rate and depth are important in chest compressions.