Got a minute?  You could save lives
November 19th, 2013
04:29 PM ET

Got a minute? You could save lives

Think fast. If you were in a public place, and someone suddenly collapsed, would you know what to do?

According to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013 conference, this one-minute video could teach bystanders cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, even if they've had no previous instruction.

"We need to get more people doing bystander CPR," said Dr. Ashish Panchal, study author and assistant professor of emergency medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "Simple videos like this may be a way to get people familiar with it."

The current study was conducted at a shopping mall.  Clinicians divided participants into two groups. One group, of 47 people, sat idle, while the other group of 48 watched a one-minute video to instruct them on how to respond to a sudden collapse.  Call 911, the video instructed, then begin hands-only CPR, pushing hard and fast on the center of the chest.

Then participants were then taken to a private area one at a time. There, they were introduced to a mannequin simulating a sudden collapse and were ask to do what they "thought was best."

Those who had seen the video called 911 more frequently. They also began chest compressions quicker and with better quality.

Panchal said that the improved responsiveness could have a "strong impact on the dismal bystander CPR rate" in the United States.

Besides having a very minimal associated cost, he said the ultra-brief videos could be used at a variety of locations. Panchal and his team of researchers are planning on conducting similar tests at high schools and at a college basketball game.

"...But in consideration for something which is cost effective and a good intervention to get to possibly increase bystander CPR, (watching the video) is a good choice early on," he added.

"These simple mass media interventions may very well help bystanders be more comfortable with the concept of actually helping save a life," he noted.

The American Heart Association says the compressions should be done to the beat of "Stayin' Alive," the classic disco song. Statistics from 2012 show that of the nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests annually in the United States, about 89% of victims die because they don't receive CPR from a bystander.

"The importance of this ... it cannot be understated," said Dr. Howard Mell, an emergency physician in Ohio and spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

"This is critical," he added. "We know that if (someone doesn't) get CPR within the first eight minutes of their cardiac arrest, they will not survive, statistically speaking."

Mell also noted that the majority of cardiac arrests occur in the home.

"People need to learn this because their loved ones are who they are going to save," he said.

But until these videos are playing in malls or at sporting events, you can see the video here.

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. compassmd

    Cannot stress the calling 911 part enough. CPR and AEDs help increase chances of survival, but the end result is the patient needs to get EMS for medication, EKG, and transport to a hospital for additional proceduers and evaluation. Call first, then CPR!

    November 19, 2013 at 16:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. TheSadTruth

    The "Hands Only" method of CPR is more commonly known as the "I'm not doing mouth-to-mouth on some dying stranger" method.

    November 19, 2013 at 16:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bill

      The use of a mask isn't really to protect against disease, as it is to protect against the victim suddenly vomiting in the responders mouth. One should NEVER do mouth CPR without a mask. Once the victim vomits (more of a when, not if), if it gets even a little bit into the lungs of the responder, death or serious disease from lung infection is pretty much a guarantee.

      November 19, 2013 at 17:06 | Report abuse |
  3. cali girl

    15-2 is the adult ratio. Compress 15 times, then 2 breathes, pausing between for exhalation.

    November 19, 2013 at 16:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bill

      Its actually 30-2, and will likely be updated to 60-1. They have found that the more compressions the better, as 15 is not enough to actually get the blood pressure up to pump the blood.

      November 19, 2013 at 17:04 | Report abuse |
  4. Yakko

    Sounds like a good way to get sued. Especially if you're a man, and the patient is a woman. Best keep your hands to yourself and call 911.

    November 19, 2013 at 16:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sam

      In my area, the average 911 EMS response time is 9 minutes. In that amount of time the person is dead without intervention.You would watch someone die rather than render aid? All the US states have Good Samaritan laws that shield you from liability if you're acting in good faith.

      The article is somewhat misleading – not all of the 89% of people who die following out-of-hospital arrest would be saved by bystander CPR.

      November 19, 2013 at 17:09 | Report abuse |
    • JCK

      One can only hope that if you are in a public place and all of a sudden , out of the blue you have an incredible chest pain accompanied by numbness in your left shoulder and arm, drop to the floor and flop like a fish that a bystander would look at you and say. Heyyyyyyyy DUDE ... I called 911 but I will stand by with my thumb up my ass and do nothing for you, you might sue me !!!!

      November 19, 2013 at 17:12 | Report abuse |
  5. M.M

    I saved a guy once. I was the only one there who knew CPR. Sure I cracked the cartilage around his sternum (common) but he was pretty grateful once he was out of the hospital induced coma. Seriously , at least watch some videos a few times. Watch different ones to get some different tips. I did compression only as it was a complete stranger. Watch the defibrillator videos , too.

    November 19, 2013 at 18:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. JRS

    Not uncommon for someone to just faint, Start doing chest compressions and congratulations, you just killed a person. Better do a quick check for breathing and pulse first.

    November 19, 2013 at 23:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • M.M

      In my case I thought he'd been hit by a car and that the agonal breathing was moaning but I realized what it was pretty quickly and checked for real breathing. Nope. It was all happening in the pitch dark lit by headlights. If it had been daylight the blue tint he had would have given me a pre-hint.

      November 20, 2013 at 12:34 | Report abuse |
  7. Jada Wilson

    This stuff is descusting

    November 20, 2013 at 10:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Meatmon

    videos being shown on CPR should be done more often and in wide variety of settings because even though a person can call 911 that person is going to need help right then and there.The chances of someone's life being saved by an individual who's never had any formal training greatly increases, even with the possibility of lawsuits.

    November 20, 2013 at 15:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Heather

    I saved my baby cousin from doing cpr when he was choking. It is so important to learn this whether its choking, heart attack or anything else, I'd rather save a life and risk them suing (which I hope wouldn't happen) than watch them die/suffer. I think a judge would rule in favor of the person trying to do the right thing and not someone who just wants money...or at least a good judge would.

    November 20, 2013 at 17:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. María Justa Aguilar Girón

    Me gusta el articulo, porque te dan herramientas practicas en como ayudar en esos momentos difíciles en que uno se encuentra en diferentes momentos de la vida de cualquier lugar hasta para tu trabajo. Que siempre se pueda hacer este tipo de orientaciones para salvar vidas.

    November 21, 2013 at 11:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. MJ82

    Several years ago when receiving first aid training (which included CPR and AED) for my job we were told if we needed help to remember how fast/often to do a compression just hum "Stayin' Alive". It's pretty ironic, but it has the optimal number of beats/minute and people perform CPR better when they hear the song.

    November 21, 2013 at 13:20 | Report abuse | Reply
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    November 22, 2013 at 10:32 | Report abuse | Reply
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    I just got paid $5628 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $8.1k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, w*w^w . Best96 . c^o*m-

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  14. Barbara

    Is it ok to give CPR to a person with a pacemaker? My brother has a pacemaker and also a friend . TY

    November 22, 2013 at 21:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • M.M

      CPR is for people who are dying or "dead" so I'm going to have to say yes.

      November 22, 2013 at 22:28 | Report abuse |
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    I learned CPR at school. This article reminded it !

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