05 January 2012

Awesome CPR PSA Video

Yeah, this is pretty great:

One thing that always bugs me about these videos is that the chest compressions look fake, well, because they are. If you've ever really seen CPR done right, pushing in 2 inches is a huge thing, in the videos, they're barely denting the skin. The consequence is that when someone does real CPR for the first time they NEVER push in deep enough.

I wish they would swap in a dummy or use some effects to make the compression depth more dramatic and obvious. Yes, it's a nitpick, but it matters.


  1. I was taught with Resusci Anne and Andy. It allowed us to do the full 2" compressions. Of course, this was still the days of 15-2 and 5-1. Do you know why they removed the breathing requirement from CPR?

  2. Love it. Have you seen ZDoggMD's selection of songs to time compressions by? Hilarious.


  3. Hey, yeah. What 'appened to the makin' sure 'is airway's clear n' breathin' into 'im n' all that, eh?


  4. Really, "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen in the best song. The bass line is perfect.

  5. Great, I'm sure that lots of people will have a go if it is chest only CPR

    Vinnie Jones is a big supporter of the BHF as his wife is 24yrs post heart transplant (peripartum cardiomyopathy)

  6. To those that are asking, there are a few reasons for dropping the breathing requirement (at least in vet med, but given that half of our medicine is based on human studies, I assume it's the same).

    There are studies showing that the most important part for spontaneous return to circulatory function is adequate compression. It's better to not breathe for someone and continue compressions than to stop compressions and take the time to breathe. Every time you stop compressions, you stop circulation and oxygen isn't going anywhere.

    When you compress the chest effectively, you are increasing and decreasing pressure in the thoracic cavity, which should help move oxygen.

    Effectively breathing mouth-to-mouth for someone is difficult when you haven't secured the airway. In a hospital setting, at least with animals, we intubate and manually ventilate.

    Hands-only CPR is easier to learn, requires fewer people, and the untrained bystander is less likely to fuck it up. That alone will make it more effective.

    One thing that the video didn't mention is that, if you have the people available, the person performing compressions should rotate out every two minutes until help arrives. Compressing adequately to restore circulation is HARD, and you can't keep it up long term.

  7. Love this! Especially the goons boogieing in the background!


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