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May 10, 2011

BehindTheMedspeak: Play Code Blue and perform CPR: if you lose, nobody dies


For a change.

From the website:



Welcome to the CPR Game! The CPR Game is a unique and fun cardiac arrest simulator for persons with advanced CPR training. It has been developed to help healthcare/medical students, residents, paramedics and nurses become more proficient in advanced CPR. It is designed for someone who has taken BLS, ACLS or ATLS. The game is great because you can learn and make mistakes that don’t harm real people! You can even play it during that boring basic science lecture!


The game takes place in the “CPR Room”, a state-of-the-art hospital resuscitation room. The user is presented with a case vignette of a patient that is critically ill, has lost a pulse and needs immediate resuscitation. You are responsible for managing chest compressions, getting IV access, assessing the rhythm strip, managing the airway and performing life saving interventions! There are approximately 20 realistic cases in the game.


Don’t be fooled by the silly graphics, CPR game is a very technical medical simulator. The technical details are very important to learn if you wish to be an expert in resuscitation. The CPR Game was designed by an emergency physician and is designed to be challenging, even to persons skilled in cardiac arrest scenarios.



$3.99 — not free the way we like it.

But hey, it's not all gloom and doom, though the rate of full recovery from in-hospital witnessed cardiac arrest remains dismal, not much better than it was 40 years ago.

Here's a tip — free, the way I know you like it — about how you can increase the chance of a successful resuscitation should you find yourself at the scene of a respiratory and/or cardiac arrest without knowing anything about CPR.


Do I have your attention now?


All you need to do is walk to the feet of the affected person and raise their legs two feet off the ground, then hold them there.

There is absolutely no downside or contraindication to lifting the feet and legs in this situation — none.

Why is this helpful?

Because the legs contain about 40% of circulating blood volume and by raising them, you return that critical amount of oxygen-carrrying hemoglobin to the heart and central circulation where it's needed to supply the brain and coronary arteries.

Now, don't you feel better?

FunFact: I've never yet met a doctor who knows this simple trick.

[via Richard Kashdan]

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Julian, are you my friend from Hogan's? Leah

Posted by: Kay | May 10, 2011 8:25:52 PM

Although raising the legs and feet 24" is a lot more elevation that the trendelenberg position

Posted by: Julian | May 10, 2011 2:58:14 PM

Studies have repeatedly shown that putting a patient in the Trendelenberg position has no real useful effect as an aid to circulation

Posted by: Julian | May 10, 2011 2:52:57 PM

Where is my IC Epi?

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | May 10, 2011 12:03:26 PM

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