Thursday, November 3, 2011

Teaching A Cardiologist CPR

The trial of Dr.(?) Conrad Murray in the death of Michael Jackson has produced much sad and infuriating details. One of the most egregious examples of his medical incompetence was his lame attempt at cardiopulmonary resuscitation once he got off his cell phone with his girlfriend and discovered that the singer had gone into cardiac arrest. The prosecutors verbally painted an image of Dr. Murray giving Mr. Jackson CPR on the singer's soft bedroom mattress using only one hand. There was no equipment available for properly ventilating the patient with oxygen. In the meantime, he was ordering the security detail to pick up all medical evidence lying around the bedroom and having it hidden in a sack in the closet of another room. Despicable.

Maybe Dr. Murray can learn how to do a proper CPR by watching this video I saw on YouTube.

Notice the proper two "handed" technique. The "patient" is also lying on a flat, hard surface in order to generate enough compression force of the chest. With the correct approach, a patient can be successfully revived, just as the American Heart Association has taught generations of doctors and health care providers. You don't need to thank me Dr. Murray; I'm just here to help you.

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