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  •  CPR is' something' (4+ / 0-)
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    mamamedusa, chimene, AdamSelene, J Rae

    It's a horrible thing to do to 87 year old body but it's 'something.'

    As an RN with 24 years of experience doing CPR I can tell you what this woman needed was comfort and human compassion - NOT CPR.

    She needed someone to hold her hand, someone to talk to her gently, someone to be with her on that moment she transitioned into the next realm - NOT CPR.

    Doing CPR would make you feel better but it would be terrible torture for the patient.

    I ask him if he was warm enough? "Warm," he growled, "I haven't been warm since Bastogne."

    by Unrepentant Liberal on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 07:53:49 AM PST

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    •  The guy who taught me CPR called it corpse kissing (0+ / 0-)

      The chief benefit being that the witnesses/survivors believe that "everything that could be done had been done."

      And when the victim is someone you know ... that counts for something.

      Besides ... there ARE rare cases in which manual compression CPR keeps someone's brain oxygenated long enough for real medical resuscitation be possible.  

      And there are specific situations  ... electrocutions and drownings primarily ... in which this kind of heroic first aid DOES "make all the difference."

      But most importantly:  teaching  CPR to random civilians has proved an enormously successful lure for recruiting blood donors and volunteers for more advanced EMT training.

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