I think whoever designed this study should be subjected to prolonged and unrelenting auditory torture. the only thing worse than ABBA that I can think of would have been Rolf Harris’s 2 little boys; so that is the sentence I pronounce on Dr Roehr and his colleagues, being subjected to that tune for a few hours every day might make them rethink this intervention.
The authors took experienced neonatal resuscitators and played different songs during resuscitation simulations. They found that the rates of chest compressions and respiratory inflations were higher when they played ABBA’s song SOS over an iphone at maximum volume.
They interpret this as meaning that the ‘music’ (and I use the term loosely) improved the compliance with recommended rates of chest compressions and ventilation, and maybe this should be more widely investigated.
I interpret as meaning that the participants, on hearing the ABBA song, wanted to get out of there as fast as possible, and did everything more quickly to try and get it to go away.
Seriously, if this becomes standard I will have to reconsider my career.