What Movies Get Dangerously Wrong About CPR – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar.

If you’ve ever watched a show or movie where a character is unconscious for some reason – drowning, electrocution, stabbed in a knife fight – you probably know what to expect next. Some hero will come perform what looks like cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for a minute or two, perhaps in slow motion, and definitely with a dramatic musical score. And bing, bang, boom, the unconscious character miraculously comes back to life.

If you’ve ever suspected that this is a gross exaggeration of the efficacy of CPR, well, you’re right. But exactly how wrong Hollywood gets CPR is hilarious at best and downright dangerous at worst.

Further reading:

CDC
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21796098/

Emergency Medicine Journal
https://emj.bmj.com/content/37/10/611

NPR
https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128826057

Newsweek
https://www.newsweek.com/even-untrained-can-save-lives-new-cpr-guidelines-222938

Medicine (Baltimore) [Journal]
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7623652/

New England J. of Medicine
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199606133342406

European Resuscitation Council
https://www.resuscitationjournal.com/article/S0300-9572(15)00373-1/fulltext#relatedArticles

J. of Emerg. Med. Services
https://www.jems.com/administration-and-leadership/cpr-evolves-through-time/

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