Can you learn CPR in one minute?
According to new research, you can indeed learn to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) by watching a one minute video, even if you used to get this life-saving technique confused with CCR (Credence Clearwater Revival). Seriously though, if enough people were willing to spare sixty seconds of their time, there could be more bystander responsiveness, and countless lives could be saved.
Cardiac arrest calls for lightning-quick response; if CPR is not administered within the first eight minutes, the victim has a very poor statistical chance of survival; in 2012, 89% of out-of-hospital victims died as a result of not getting prompt bystander CPR. And if you’re not into the whole Samaritan thing, keep in mind that most cardiac arrests happen at home, so you wouldn’t even be saving a stranger, but someone you know and love.
Does it work?
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center assistant professor Dr. Ashish Panchal presented a study at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013 conference supporting the legitimacy of the video. In a shopping mall, Panchal took 95 people and divided them into two roughly equal groups; one did nothing while the other was shown the video, which instructs people to call 911 and start hands-only CPR. Afterwards, each participant was taken to a private area where a dummy simulating a cardiac arrest lay. Individuals who were shown the video called 911 more often, and also started better compressions more quickly.
CPR instructional videos such as this one cost little to make, and due to their briefness, they defy the shortest of attention spans. Moreover, they may be displayed in a wide array of public locations. And with the widespread use of mobile devices, they can be accessed by pretty much anyone from any place. By the way, while you’re youtubing this one, make sure to also check out the Bee Gee’s ‘Stayin’ Alive.’ The American Heart Association advises to do compressions to the beat of that disco staple. How ironic that a dead music genre could help save your life.
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