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Thursday, July 27, 2017

This was an interesting week. I encountered several surprising things.

  1. Earlier this week, there was a Today Show segment on CPR with Dr. Oz. It was this session that informs us that to perform Chest Compressions you have a depth choice from one to two inches. (The depth guideline became 1.5 to 2 inches in 2005. The depth guideline became 2 inches in 2010. The depth guideline became 2 to 2.4 inches in 2015.)
  2. Dr. Oz showed how to apply the AED pads and got it wrong: The pad on the victim's left side is supposed to go on the left side wall, not just lower than the left nipple. (We're trying to make a "heart sandwich" out of the heart and the two pads. The AED works better that way.)
  3. Dr. Oz forgot to tell the audience how to tell when someone they encounter has had a sudden cardiac arrest. (non-responsive and not breathing normally.)
  4. I wasn't able to find a way to get the corrections to the Today Show.
By the way, when the depth guideline went to 1.5 to 2 inches, a significant number of instructors weren't able to renew their certificates because they weren't able to compress to 1.5 inches on a manikin whose stiffness was significantly less than than the average adult.