Pushing Hard and Pushing Fast!                Making the Best of 20 Minutes at a “CPR Party”One of our friends writes:“I a...
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One of our friends writes: “I am going to start some CPR parties soon where I teach groups of people about CPR, the importance of quick response, and my experiences as ambulance clinician as well as what CPR is actually trying to do for the person. I am trying to get a structure together that makes it interesting and relevant (not many people are as interested in perfusion rates of the cardiac system as I am). I know I am going to show the youtube video of the gent in the office who survived, and a couple of jobs I have been to both good and bad. I also have an idea to show some laptop based things. Have you any ideas or information I could use? I do want to try and push the idea of CPR parties quite hard and make sure they are ~20 min of info that people will remember.”
This is a response and set of general recommendations.

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Pushing Hard and Pushing Fast CPR Party

  1. 1. Pushing Hard and Pushing Fast! Making the Best of 20 Minutes at a “CPR Party”One of our friends writes:“I am going to start some CPR parties soon where I teach groups of people about CPR, theimportance of quick response, and my experiences as ambulance clinician as well as whatCPR is actually trying to do for the person. I am trying to get a structure together that makesit interesting and relevant (not many people are as interested in perfusion rates of the cardiacsystem as I am). I know I am going to show the youtube video of the gent in the office whosurvived, and a couple of jobs I have been to both good and bad. I also have an idea to showsome laptop based things. Have you any ideas or information I could use? I do want to tryand push the idea of CPR parties quite hard and make sure they are ~20 min of info thatpeople will remember.”Here is what we recommend: Be sure that the settings for the parties are comfortable and have plenty of space Since you are using a fair amount of multimedia, be sure that it travels and sets up easily. Light food and beverages are a plus and will help give the “party” an appropriate social appeal. Warning signs of heart attack and stroke are a good place to start. Be brief and to the point. Next, your message regarding CPR as a civic duty and moral obligation…and a skill that everyone should know and be willing to perform. Consider showing video such as: o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsLZBnOMWG0 or o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBC90L83- 80&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL1FE20BB933DFF4FE Introduce Hands-Only CPR with a “promotional” style video, suited to the audience. The gentle humor will help party goers to be more “comfortable” with the active participation as well as talking about the subject and performing chest compressions. There are quite a few that are available such as: o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5hP4DIBCEE o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HGpp6mStfY&feature=relmfu o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuN0e4keMwA o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILxjxfB4zNk Now, with everyone at ease, and prepared for learning, give the party goers something to push on. This would preferably be manikins but even things like mini footballs or soccer balls can work in a pinch. Use an “instructional” style video such as this one and have them practice while watching: o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuJkRpJ7Fxg At the conclusion of the “instructional” video and without pausing, queue up some 100+ BPM music and have them continue pushing to the beat while you provide encouragement and reaffirming statements.Here is a video of a similar approach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-t18pVkObE

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