Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Unconscious People Are Icky

One barrier to learning CPR has always been that it's hard to imagine a situation where you want to put your lips against someone who's in cardiac arrest. Maybe if a model mistakenly thinks her swimsuit is for swimming, but really her heart's unlikely to stop. A coke party, maybe? I'm not sure how large the overlap of population is between people who study CPR and people who go to coke parties, but there has to be some.
"You only have to do two things. Call 911 and push hard and fast on the middle of the person's chest," said Michael Sayre, an emergency medicine professor at Ohio State University who headed the committee that made the recommendation.
Phew. And your model hypothetical?
[M]outh-to-mouth breathing should be used... [with] adults who suffer lack of oxygen from a near-drowning, drug overdose, or carbon monoxide poisoning.
So, it's all good. Although I think if your heart's stopped, it counts as a full drowning.

No comments: