Email Hoaxes Shed Light on the Importance of Professional On-Site CPR Instruction

Email hoaxes, of course, are nothing new.  Unsuspecting victims may pass along their credit card information to complete strangers; others may reveal their passwords to their Facebook or e-mail accounts.

Yet some hoaxes are more serious than others – particularly those with life or death implications.

We’re talking about highly publicized e-mail hoax boasting of a form of “cough CPR” or “self-CPR” where an individual experiencing a heart attack can perform the technique, employing rapid coughing, to maintain consciousness.

The e-mail was quickly revealed to be a hoax.  For example, the e-mail cited studies by New York’s Rochester General Hospital, yet the Hospital subsequently claimed no involvement.

Medically speaking, the technique is dubious, if not outright impossible, as the first symptom of cardiac arrest is unconsciousness, and unconscious individuals cannot voluntarily cough.

Sadly, many people likely (at least temporarily) fell for this hoax, which only further underscores the importance of experienced, and professional onsite CPR training.

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About the author

I spent 15 years as a firefighter and paramedic...

And too often I would arrive on the scene of someone unconscious, surrounded by a circle of people feeling helpless. Sometimes those people would even have CPR training but lacked the confidence and experience to act.

That’s why I started SureFire CPR. Our classes are practical and engaging – teaching you the crucial skills you need to know what to do and feel empowered to take action.

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