Have you ever noticed how some "stuff" just doesn't ever disappear from the internet?
I admit that I am one of the happiest people on this planet because of the fact that the internet and everything it has to offer sprouted and has grown up in my generation.
There has never been a more significant invention in the entire history of the human race as far as I am concerned.
But with every great advancement comes the inevitable misfortune of corruption and misuse by the misguided, ignorant or uninformed percentage of our society.
Here's a case in point.
For probably the fifth time in the past couple of years this PowerPoint below has shown up in my mailbox.
Unfortunately, it was sent to me by one of the most trusted and honest and caring people I have ever met on this planet.
Unfortunately, this person is older and not as enlightened as most when it comes to the truthfulness of what is traveling around as "expert advice" on the world wide web.
Do not believe it !!!
This "supposedly" helpful e-mail began its life on the internet back in June 1999, and in the spring of 2004 a PowerPoint presentation of it began circulating online.
Those kindhearted souls who started it on its way likely had no inkling the advice they were forwarding could potentially be harmful to someone undergoing a heart attack, but that is indeed the case.
If you knew "exactly" what you were doing, this procedure might help save your life.
If, however, you were to attempt cough CPR at the wrong time (because you misjudged the kind of cardiac event being experienced) or went about it in the wrong way, it could make matters worse.
In other words, the procedure might be the right thing to attempt or it might be the very thing that would kill the afflicted depending on which sort of cardiac crisis is being experienced.
Without a doctor there to judge the situation and, if cough CPR is indicated, to supervise the rhythmic coughing, the procedure is just far too risky for any layman to attempt.
It's OK if you don't believe me.
Check out the information available on the internet or talk to your family doctor.
Here's a couple of responses from experts that I found.
1. The American Heart Association "does not endorse "cough CPR," a coughing procedure widely publicized on the Internet. As noted in the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, “cough CPR” is not useful for unresponsive victims and should not be taught to lay rescuers."
2. The American Red Cross "cannot advocate teaching the technique until it has been thoroughly tested in national studies and found to be effective. While self-initiated CPR is possible; however, its use is limited to clinical situations in which the patient has a cardiac monitor, the arrest is recognized before loss of consciousness, and the patient can cough forcefully. To date, there is insufficient scientific research concerning the efficacy of Cough CPR."
The American Heart Association recommendation:
"The best strategy is to be aware of the early warning signs for heart attack and cardiac arrest and respond to them by calling 9-1-1. If you're driving alone and you start having severe chest pain or discomfort that starts to spread into your arm and up into your jaw (the scenario presented in the Internet article), pull over and flag down another motorist for help or phone 9-1-1 on your mobile phone."
Fellow Baby Boomers...........
Help me get rid of this dangerous "stuff" that continues to circulate on the internet.
Please forward this message to anyone you feel needs to see it.
If there are any other unfounded, inaccurate, false or misguided information you have seen on the internet that might pose a danger to someone, please send it to me so I can spread the message.
Even if we help one person it is worth the time and effort, right?
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It's easy to tell them about it.
Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.
The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!
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