Thursday, March 12, 2009

CPR Will Never Be Quite the Same for Me Again

The latest issue of Dinosaur Comics has a handy mnemonic for getting your chest compression rate just right...

(via Dave Goldman)


l33t MD said...

I got to try compressions on a gomer with severe COPD during anesthesiology rotation. I felt kinda weird as I was going "AAAND a-NOTHER-one DOWN, and a-NOTHER-one DOWN, a-NOTHER-one BITES the DUST" in my head, especially afterwards seeing as the poor guy didn't make it.

You may have heard that the Bee Gees hit "Stayin' Alive" will do the same? It was all over blogs some months ago. Maybe I'll try that next time and see if it helps. :)

Also, if you sing "Row, row, row your boat" two times in a row and then do two ventilations, you get both a 30:2 compression-ventilation ratio and perfect pace.

Zorg said...

As a Red Cross CPR instructor, we like to teach the "Stayin' Alive" beat. The ARC feels that singin "Another One Bites the Dust" while doing CPR might convey the wrong message to on-lookers! :)