Fanfic Pet Peeve # 3

Saturday, 1 May 2010 17:05
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Oh no, so and so has stopped breathing! Let's begin CPR!

Which completely disregards the fact that, though the person has stopped breathing, their heart hasn't necessarily stopped beating. So, before your character starts in with the chest compressions, have them check the pulse first. Maybe even put their ear above the mouth to feel or listen for breaths that otherwise would be unnoticeable in the heat of the moment.

Maybe they should even go take a CPR class first. Those who have would realize that, before you start pushing someone's chest, you check the things mentioned above. Plus, they should give the person a few breaths before chest compressions. What's the point in forcing their heart to beat if the blood won't have any oxygen?



So, in summary: CPR = good, if breathing and heart have stopped. Otherwise, more damage than help could be done.

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