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26th Oct '17 12:45:11 PM Prometheus117
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** ''Film/SpiderMan1'': A lab assistant begins CPR after Norman's heart stops. He's giving him sideways chest compressions from a standing position and it only takes two to start Norman's heart again.

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** ''Film/SpiderMan1'': A lab assistant begins CPR after Norman's heart stops. He's giving him sideways chest compressions from a standing position and it only takes two to start Norman's heart again. In fairness though, it's all but outright stated it's [[PsychoSerum not CPR that gets Norman's heart going]].
24th Oct '17 12:20:37 PM YT45
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* ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' has Dr. [=McCoy=] attempting to revive a Klingon who has been shot in the chest. His heart isn't beating, so [=McCoy=] tries CPR for a few seconds and then whacks him on the chest, which brings him back to life long enough to utter appropriate final words. [=McCoy=] admits that he doesn't know [[BizarreAlienBiology Klingon anatomy]] and was drunk to boot, so he may just have been acting in desperation. Website/SFDebris refers to this as "Cardio Plot Resuscitation"; it revives the patient long enough to move the plot forward. Interestingly, the whack on the chest may be a variant of the now-outdated "precordial thump", which occasionally acts on TV as a MagicalDefibrillator.

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* ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' has Dr. [=McCoy=] attempting to revive a Klingon who has been shot in the chest. His heart isn't beating, so [=McCoy=] tries CPR for a few seconds and then whacks him on the chest, which brings him back to life long enough to utter appropriate final words. [=McCoy=] admits that he doesn't know [[BizarreAlienBiology Klingon anatomy]] and was drunk to boot, so he may just have been acting in desperation. Website/SFDebris refers to this as "Cardio Plot Resuscitation"; it revives the patient long enough to move the plot forward. Interestingly, the whack on the chest may be a variant of the now-outdated "precordial thump", thump"[[note]] This technique does occasionally work when done right, however it requires a great deal of skill to perform properly and even then is far from 100% effective. The proliferation of defibrillators has led to it being phased out.[[/note]], which occasionally acts on TV as a MagicalDefibrillator.
24th Oct '17 12:10:37 PM YT45
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CPR is an emergency first aid protocol performed on an unconscious person on whom normal breathing cannot be detected. It's characterized by someone pressing rhythmically against a victim's chest and occasionally blowing air into the victim's mouth. In RealLife, CPR stands for '''c'''ardio'''p'''ulmonary '''r'''esuscitation, and its purpose is to keep people alive in time for them to receive actual medical care; its success rate less than 10%. On TV, though, CPR stands for "clean, pretty, and reliable":

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CPR is an emergency first aid protocol performed on an unconscious person on whom normal breathing cannot be detected. It's characterized by someone pressing rhythmically against a victim's chest and occasionally blowing air into the victim's mouth. In RealLife, CPR stands for '''c'''ardio'''p'''ulmonary '''r'''esuscitation, and its purpose is to keep people alive in time long enough for them to receive actual medical care; care in a hospital emergency room; its success rate less than 10%. On TV, though, CPR stands for "clean, pretty, and reliable":



* It's '''reliable''' because the story demands it. If the victim is supposed to be saved from the brink of death, CPR will revive him almost immediately to show the audience that he's okay. Although real-life recovery rates are less than 10%, a 1996 study published in the ''New England Journal of Medicine'' estimated CPR success rates on TV at around 75%. In the event that the victim really is supposed to [[KilledOffForReal die for real]], rescuers will give up remarkably quickly.

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* It's '''reliable''' because the story demands it. If the victim is supposed to be saved from the brink of death, CPR will revive him almost immediately to show the audience that he's okay. Although real-life recovery rates are less than 10%, 10%[[note]] Several factors affect this number. First, many people who “know CPR” fail to perform it effectively due to panic, fear of litigation, or lack of proficiency due to having taken a class once and never practiced again. The {{Squick}} factor of having to break a victim’s rib cage in order to compress the chest effectively certainly doesn’t help those not used to it. When it is performed effectively by someone proficient, generally Fire/EMS personnel, the amount of time necessary for the victim to be found, emergency services activated, and responders to arrive often means that they miss the window in which it can be effective[[/note]], a 1996 study published in the ''New England Journal of Medicine'' estimated CPR success rates on TV at around 75%. In the event that the victim really is supposed to [[KilledOffForReal die for real]], rescuers will give up remarkably quickly.
20th Aug '17 8:58:05 PM PaulA
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* Averted in the Creator/MercedesLackey book ''Sacred Ground''. A housewife has been cursed by malevolent spirits, who cause lightning to hit her child. She has her other child call 911 and starts both CPR and chest-pumps with counts for each, and keeps doing this until the paramedics arrive. He's dead.

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Averted in the Creator/MercedesLackey book ''Sacred Ground''. A housewife has been cursed by malevolent spirits, who cause lightning to hit her child. She has her other child call 911 and starts both CPR and chest-pumps with counts for each, and keeps doing this until the paramedics arrive. He's dead.
10th Aug '17 7:47:35 AM Spindriver
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* ''Webcomic/DangerouslyChloe'': In [[http://www.dangerouslychloe.com/strips-dc/i-can-still-save-her these]] [[http://www.dangerouslychloe.com/strips-dc/supposed-to-be-dead strips,]] Teddy (in his female form of Teddi) uses minimal CPR to save the victim of a drug overdose -- something that's ''really'' unlikely in real life.



* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'': Demonstrated briefly [[http://www.spinnyverse.com/2011/09/30/09302011/ here.]]
* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' mentions "CPR" [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/juicy_man_lips here,]] but it appears from that and subsequent strips that this doesn't even mean "real" Hollywood CPR -- just some brief mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.


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* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'': Demonstrated briefly [[http://www.spinnyverse.com/2011/09/30/09302011/ here.]]
* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' mentions "CPR" [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/juicy_man_lips here,]] but it appears from that and subsequent strips that this doesn't even mean "real" Hollywood CPR -- just some brief mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
3rd Aug '17 5:20:40 PM caivu
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* In ''ComicBook/BatwomanRebirth'', Safiyah performs CPR on Kate after Kate falls off a ship and almost drowns during a botched heist at sea. Aside from being soaking wet, Kate recovers almost immediately (and doesn't, for example, vomit water).
12th Jul '17 12:22:47 AM Doug86
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'', the 90s AnimatedSeries: When Cyclops passes out after a couple seconds' exposure to ''toxic gasses'', Rogue gives him CPR to return him to normal and it never comes up again. (However, she gains his uncontrollable EyeBeams from the KissOfLife.) This is especially silly since Rogue's power, in addition to giving her the abilities of the person she touches, also sucks "life force", which you'd think someone far enough gone to need CPR wouldn't really have to spare.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'', ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', the 90s AnimatedSeries: When Cyclops passes out after a couple seconds' exposure to ''toxic gasses'', Rogue gives him CPR to return him to normal and it never comes up again. (However, she gains his uncontrollable EyeBeams from the KissOfLife.) This is especially silly since Rogue's power, in addition to giving her the abilities of the person she touches, also sucks "life force", which you'd think someone far enough gone to need CPR wouldn't really have to spare.
3rd Jun '17 3:25:50 PM darkemyst
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* In ''[[Comicbook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' when Tim returns to Paris to try to complete his training and has it interrupted ''again'' by ComicBook/LadyShiva killing his instructor he follows Shiva's target back to her home country and when Shiva is killed in the resulting confrontation Tim is able to easily revive her with CPR which leaves her owing him a life dept he later uses to get her to leave her intended victim alive.
31st May '17 8:02:31 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheWheelOfTime Rand al'Thor]] provides this for Mat Cauthon in the abandoned city of Rhuidean after the latter has been hanged. It's almost comical in that Rand probably shouldn't know about it (it's thousands of years in the future, but after a massive apocalypse) and that Rand gets it so badly wrong (probably even in-universe; Rand's only seen it performed on a drowning victim, so he goes through a lot of motions clearly meant to get water out of the lungs). Mat gets better anyway. Must be ta'veren at work.

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* [[TheWheelOfTime [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Rand al'Thor]] provides this for Mat Cauthon in the abandoned city of Rhuidean after the latter has been hanged. It's almost comical in that Rand probably shouldn't know about it (it's thousands of years in the future, but after a massive apocalypse) and that Rand gets it so badly wrong (probably even in-universe; Rand's only seen it performed on a drowning victim, so he goes through a lot of motions clearly meant to get water out of the lungs). Mat gets better anyway. Must be ta'veren at work.
31st May '17 10:49:47 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Deconstructed in the famous two-part story where Spider-Man first fights the Juggernaut. After the villain yanks Madame Webb from her life support device, Spidey uses rescue breathing on her until the paramedics come, and she is clearly much worse for wear once she is stabilized, taking months to recover. (Although she doesn't suffer the brain damage the doctor feared she would.)
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