Movies and medicine have a dicey past. Movies and television rely on emotional impact and dramatic appeal but medicine insists on facts and accuracy. Trying to merge the two can make for interesting dramatizations of medical practices. No element of medical drama shows this differentiation quite like CPR in Hollywood. For most people, CPR only exists in movies and T.V.
Now that the weather is warm and kids are preparing for summer vacation, the neighborhood playground is about to become a hub of childhood activity. While it’s encouraging to get kids out of the house and participating in outdoor activities, it’s also very likely that first aid safety will become an issue. Each year, more than 200,000 kids are treated
Most people are familiar with what heart attack symptoms look like. In movies or television it’s usually someone grabbing their chest and complaining about pain. Chest pain and tingling or numbness in the left arm. These have been the standard for heart attack symptoms but do those symptoms differ in men and women? The short answer is yes. Cardiovascular disease
It’s hard to imagine a world where our beloved pets would do us harm. Dogs are, after all, supposed to be our best friends and Fluffy wouldn’t hurt a fly. The problem is that dogs are still animals and they can cause us harm. Dog bites happen quite frequently; about 4.7 million Americans every year suffer from dog bites and
Dealing with medical emergencies is never fun. It can be scary and overwhelming. Where you are when the emergency happens will often dictate how you handle it. Understanding how to handle the situation before the emergency happens is always a great first step. Your confidence in dealing with both minor and major emergencies will reassure the injured person and help
We’ve all seen at least one TV show or movie where someone performs CPR and rescue breathing on a victim (usually incorrectly). It is important to know the difference between the two and which situations warrant which action. Compressions only and CPR are both used in situations where a victim is going into cardiac arrest. This situation poses an immediate