Thursday, 25 July 2013

That brave girl doing CPR...

Contrary to how movies portray, CPR's success rate isn't fantastic. Most people who have CPR performed on them won't actually live to tell the tale. In this case, given that the victim had sustained head injuries, CPR is even less likely to result in a positive outcome (it wouldn't hurt to try, though). The AED is what really boosts success rate, even then only under certain conditions which cause a person's heart to stop (the heart's electrical rhythm must be a 'shockable' one).

A and I are CPR/AED-trained. Like most non-medical, CPR/AED-trained personnel, we haven't actually got the chance to use it. Having gone through the training, I'd say that everyone who is physically fit should take a CPR + AED first aid course.

Although the victim unfortunately passed away, this unidentified (she didn't give her name to the papers) girl is still a heroine. Not just for trying, but given the way social media is sharing the case, I hope her act inspires more people to learn these lifesaving skills. And inspires those who have learned these skills, to step forward and use them, should the need arise.

- S


  1. But most CPR/AED trained non medical professionals are not told not to perform CPR on those suspected of spinal injury/internal injuries which might kill them painfully. Am a trained paramedic

    1. I know this is an old comment. I was also trained as a paramedic, admittedly a long time ago.

      I always thought loss of circulation and/or breathing, which are immediately life-threatening, superseded spinal risk. That is to say, in suspected spinal case, if casualty is breathing, proper spinal management is required. But if CPR is indicated, it should be performed regardless of spinal risk.

      Anyone who is current can clarify?