The work we have left to do

In today's post I want to comment on an article published by the American magazine Resuscitation in your number January of 2014.

As you can see, the information can not be more current and, it does not do anything other than give a touch of attention to those of us who dedicate ourselves to this to promote knowledge of CPR in Spanish language via Internet.

The authors of this interesting article (Kirsten Y.Liue, Jason S.Haukoosa and Comilla Sasson) conducted a search on Google, Yahoo and YouTube looking for Spanish-language resources on CPR. The average quality of the pages they found was 3 on a scale of 6, and only 16% of the websites consulted showed a quality greater than or equal to 5.

After an evaluation of the content of these web pages, they found that the 88% of them taught the traditional CPR sequence of compression and ventilation alterations and only an 12% CPR alone-with-compressions. These results can be logical since the 2010 European Resuscitation Council (ERC) Basic Life Support guidelines continue to recommend the 30: 2 cycle of compressions and ventilations while the American Heart Association (AHA) gives more emphasis to CPR single-with-compressions.

Apart from these considerations, the most common mistakes made by the Spanish CPR websites are the following:

  • Secure the scene. The 90% of web pages analyzed did not remember that the security of the scenario should be checked before starting the assistance to the victim.
  • Depth and rhythm of compressions. The 65% of the analyzed works did not indicate how deep the compressions should have and an 59% did not talk about the rhythm of the same.
  • But if there is one fact that has to call us even more attention is that half of the websites consulted forgot notify emergency services.

This article should serve to give us an account of all that remains to be done and that we must all work hard so that the information on the Internet on Spanish CPR is both greater in number and of higher quality.

I hope that this blog serves for this purpose and that subsequent similar research shows that we have improved in terms of education for the general population.

You can find the summary of the article (in English) in the following link:

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