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Mar. 31st, 2007

08:45 pm - Dr Who-oo (hey!)

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Date:April 2nd, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
Alternatively, perhaps she was in a state of (at least mild) panic, what with being transported to the moon, almost killed by rhino aliens, the low oxygen levels and the proximity of an MRI machine that she knew might be about to blow up the entire hospital. Perhaps in the heat of an extremely stressful situation (even for a junior doctor), all that came to mind was the ratio for infants, which has to be better than nothing ;-)

I think I am ok with the idea that a doctor might make a mistake in such circumstances...
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Date:April 2nd, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC)
As an explanation for the character's actions, that sounds reasonable, and no harm came of it. I'm a bit more dubious about that as a real-life theory, although as you say any CPR is better than none. Basically, I'd think that it's going to be a stressful situation if someone does keel over in front of you (particularly a close friend/relative), and so the point of the first aid training I do is to keep practicing CPR until everyone's sick of it, just so that you don't have to think about it in a crisis. I've never had to do it in a real situation, but I've spoken to people who have, and they've all basically said that the training takes over, and you leave the panic until afterwards.

The main reason I've been picking holes in it here (ditto for "Lost") is that there are lots of people who never go on a proper first aid course, and all they know about CPR is what they see on TV, so I'm trying to balance out the disinformation (although I obviously have a smaller audience than those TV programs).
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Date:April 5th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
I didn't see the programme in question, but I've seen some really awful CPR on TV and in films. My impression was that it was generally getting better, as awareness of how to do it properly became more widespread in the population, but you'd know a lot better than me...
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