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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation on television: are we miseducating the public?

Authors
  • Colwill, Michael1
  • Somerville, Charlotte2
  • Lindberg, Eric3
  • Williams, Caroline4
  • Bryan, James4
  • Welman, Ted3, 5
  • 1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Epsom and St Helier University Hospital Trust, Carshalton, UK.
  • 2 Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Heartlands Hospital, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham, UK.
  • 3 Departments of Surgery and Anaesthesia, Ashford and St Peter's NHS Foundation Trust, Chertsey, Surrey, UK.
  • 4 Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, Charing Cross Hospital, London, UK.
  • 5 Department of Emergency Medicine, St George's Hospital University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Postgraduate Medical Journal
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Oct 09, 2017
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2017-135122
PMID: 28993522
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

Televised medical dramas depict CPR inaccurately and laypersons may be less well informed about the correct technique the more they tune into these programmes. While there may be other confounding variables, given the popularity of television medical dramas, the poor depiction may be significantly contributing to poor public CPR knowledge and represent a potential new avenue of public education.

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