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.
Emergency Medicine Journal
Medicine (Baltimore) [Journal]
New England J. of Medicine
European Resuscitation Council
J. of Emerg. Med. Services
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