mardi 18 janvier 2005

From the med school annals.

From the New York Times:
CPR is often done wrong, studies find
How true.

Let me tell you about my CPR training experience. As second-year medical students, we all had to go through CPR training in order to take Clinical Diagnosis (where you walk around and "interview" patients (read: listen to them kvetch and moan) and then perform a physical exam on them that consists of pretending to do doctory things as fast as possible so that you can get out of there and have the rest of the afternoon free). This is what our CPR training consisted of:

-Watching the instructors show us how to do CPR on some special plastic dummies
Quote of the session: "Don't worry about exact technique. It'll all come back to you in an emergency."

-Practicing what the instructors showed us
Read: catching up on what everyone had been up to over the summer

-Taking a test to complete certification
The taking the test part was the BEST part. After about 30 minutes of pretending to practice on the dolls, we then had to take a multiple choice test which was about three pages long, all of it so common-sensical that even a layperson could figure it out. To make it even easier, they gave us the answers to the last page of questions. Not too surprisingly, nobody failed.

And there you have it. I have a little card that says I'm CPR certified. I'd be the last one I'd trust in this type of emergency. And this article reports that 80% of the medical staff tested failed to follow at least one CPR guideline. I'm surprised it wasn't more of them.