CPR at the movies: Fact or fiction?
Hollywood rarely lets accuracy or technical details stand in the way of a good story. That’s certainly true where cardiopulmonary resuscitation is concerned. While the inaccuracies can be entertaining, remember that learning how to correctly perform CPR can help save lives.
Nobody recommends faking an emergency to get that summer kiss. But the American Heart Association recommends performing CPR with Breaths for drowning victims. Learn when to use Hands-Only CPR vs. CPR with Breaths.
They’re called hand compressions for a reason. Leave your feet out of it. If you push hard and fast in the center of the chest with your hands in the correct placement, chances are you will get the quality compressions the victim needs.
There are differences between performing CPR on infants and adults. The AHA still recommends CPR with compressions and breaths for infants and children.
Punching a person’s chest is not an acceptable approach. Try Hands-Only CPR and act like Drew Barrymore — pushing hard and fast in the center of the victim’s chest after calling 9-1-1.
Not all of us knock out our best-friend, but stuff like that happens to Spiderman. If it does happen to you, put one hand on top of the other and push fast and hard on the center of the victim’s chest. Call 9-1-1 as soon as you find the person is not breathing so that help is on the way.
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