Something cool for the volunteers that perform CPR or might be considering learning this life-preserving technique. The Block-Buster movie: "San Andreas" has opened to movie theaters worldwide and this movie needs no additional hype from this nonprofit. However, we wanted to give props to the verisimilitude of one scene. (We give away nothing that happens in the movie so it is safe to continue reading this post.)
One reason that some healthcare providers are not advent aficionados of some medically-based television productions is the lack of "realism". "Epinephrine shot in the chest cures all." LOL Nevertheless, the CPR scene in the movie "San Andreas" appeared to be accurate.
Researchers have found that continuous chest compressions saves lives and should not be interrupted to give breaths. They believe that adequate chest compressions can deliver a constant flow of blood to the brain and body, thus increasing the victim's chances of recovering.
For additional information on CPR view the American Heart Association's recommendations.
From WebMD: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Treatment: First Aid Information for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
A person is found down and out!
I. Check to see if they are responsive.
Tap the person's shoulder and shout, "Are you OK?"
Look for normal breathing. Call 911 if there is no response.
Start Hands-Only CPR.
Hands-Only CPR should not be used for adults whose cardiac arrest is due to drug overdose, near-drowning, or an unwitnessed cardiac arrest. In these cases, do a conventional CPR combination of chest compressions and rescue breathing.
II. Do Chest Compressions
Place the heel of your hand on the center of the person's chest.
Place the heel of your other hand on top of your first hand, lacing fingers together.
Keep arms straight and your shoulders directly over your hands.
Push hard and fast, compressing chest at least 2 inches.
Let chest rise completely before pushing down again.
Compress at least 100 times per minute.
III. Don't stop chest compressions unless:
*The person starts breathing normally
*A trained responder or emergency personnel arrive
*You are too tired to continue
*There is an automated external defibrillator (AED) to use
IV. If an automated external defibrillator(AED) is available, use it!
-Resume compressions and follow AED prompts.