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7th Apr '17 5:49:18 PM GoldenSeals
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First, time is ''really'' of the essence; after the victim's collapse, it may be only ''seconds'' before he or she suffers permanent brain damage due to lack of oxygen. Once the rescuer has started CPR, he must continue until actual emergency responders tell him to stand down; this can take several minutes, and it can be exhausting for the rescuer, but [[{{Determinator}} he can't afford to give up]]. Some solo first responders can't even ''stand'' after a CPR session just from sheer exhaustion; this is why it's good to have multiple rescuers taking turns administering it. This very short response period is also necessary for use of a [[MagicalDefibrillator defibrillator]], which doesn't actually restore a heartbeat but stops "fibrillation", or a quivering, irregular, useless heartbeat; CPR is meant to restore something resembling an ''actual'' heartbeat and is always used in conjunction with a defibrillator.

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First, time is ''really'' of the essence; after the victim's collapse, it may be only ''seconds'' before he or she suffers permanent brain damage due to lack of oxygen. Once the rescuer has started CPR, he must continue until actual emergency responders tell him to stand down; this can take several minutes, and it can be exhausting for the rescuer, but [[{{Determinator}} he can't afford to give up]]. Some solo first responders can't even ''stand'' after a CPR session just from sheer exhaustion; this is why it's good to have multiple rescuers taking turns administering it. This very short response period is also necessary for use of a [[MagicalDefibrillator [[UsefulNotes/MagicalDefibrillator defibrillator]], which doesn't actually restore a heartbeat but stops "fibrillation", or a quivering, irregular, useless heartbeat; CPR is meant to restore something resembling an ''actual'' heartbeat and is always used in conjunction with a defibrillator.



People have been trying various methods to revive the dead for centuries, and this led to techniques such as the Silvester method in the late 1800s and the Holger Nielsen method circa 1900, but these only really worked on a victim whose heart was still beating. CPR itself is NewerThanTheyThink; it was only developed in 1957, and public education on it began in the 1960s. Technically, [[MagicalDefibrillator the defibrillator]] predates CPR. This is why you can expect some works set in TheFifties to have characters unfamiliar with CPR (''e.g.'' it being described in ''Series/{{MASH}}'' as a revolutionary new technique or the "What's CPR?" gag from ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'').

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People have been trying various methods to revive the dead for centuries, and this led to techniques such as the Silvester method in the late 1800s and the Holger Nielsen method circa 1900, but these only really worked on a victim whose heart was still beating. CPR itself is NewerThanTheyThink; it was only developed in 1957, and public education on it began in the 1960s. Technically, [[MagicalDefibrillator [[UsefulNotes/MagicalDefibrillator the defibrillator]] predates CPR. This is why you can expect some works set in TheFifties to have characters unfamiliar with CPR (''e.g.'' it being described in ''Series/{{MASH}}'' as a revolutionary new technique or the "What's CPR?" gag from ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'').
7th Apr '17 4:09:38 PM GoldenSeals
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And now for some RealLife UsefulNotes about CPR.

!!!'''First off, if someone near you is not breathing at this moment, call emergency services and let them help you. If your first reaction when faced with a medical emergency is to go to TV Tropes, well, [[WhatTheHellHero you're probably beyond help.]]'''

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Really, if you find yourself in a situation where someone needs help, seriously, [[CaptainObvious call emergency services in your jurisdiction]]. It's

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And now for now, some RealLife UsefulNotes about CPR.

!!!'''First off, if !!'''If someone near you is not breathing at this moment, call emergency services and let them help you. If your first reaction when faced with a medical emergency is to go to TV Tropes, well, [[WhatTheHellHero you're probably beyond help.]]'''

This is a {{Useful Note|s}}. It is designed to help readers understand how things work in real life so that you can compare it to how it works in fiction. It's a way for you to [[ShownTheirWork do the research]] rather than actually apply it to your RealLife. UsefulNotes are [[ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder written by Tropers, not medical professionals]] and carry no guarantee of accuracy (or indeed, [[NonindicativeName usefulness]]) for your situation. We don't particularly want you [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife ruining someone else's life]].

Really, if you find yourself in a situation where someone needs help, seriously, [[CaptainObvious call
Common emergency services in your jurisdiction]]. It'snumbers are:



These numbers are the most common. Most mobile phones will help you by directing you to local emergency services if you call any of these common numbers. You usually don't even have to unlock your phone to call emergency services; modern smartphones may even have it as a separate function. Operators can instruct you on the phone. Time is of the essence.

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numbers are the most common. Most mobile phones will help you by directing redirect you to local emergency services if you call any of these common numbers. You usually don't even almost anywhere around the world. Modern smartphones will often have to unlock your phone a separate button to call emergency services; modern smartphones may services, which you can use even have it without a SIM card. Do this ''as soon as a separate function. Operators can instruct you on the phone. Time possible'' -- time is of the essence.
essence. You'll find out why later.

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CPR, AED and other First Aid training is highly desireable, especially in certain fields of employment. If you are interested, certification courses are widespread. A good place to look is your local [[UsefulNotes/TheRedCross Red Cross]]. [[note]]Any national affiliate of the International Red Cross and Red Cresent Movement, depending on if Christianity or Islam is the predominant religion of the country in question. In Israel, it's Magen David Adom, or Red Star of David, which is used in conjunction with the secular Red Crystal logo.[[/note]]

Proper execution of CPR is vital, which is why formal training is important.[[note]]Frequent re-training is also important because changes to procedure happen all the time. For example, in recent years, mouth-to-mouth is no longer recommended in most non-drowning cases.[[/note]] If done wrong, not only could it be ineffective, but it could damage the rib cage in a fatal manner. Proper execution could still break ribs; this is alright, and some physicians suggest it may even be necessary[[note]]Considering death is the likely alternative.[[/note]]. Improper execution could snap off the xyphoid process at the bottom of the sternum and damage the heart itself, rendering CPR pointless.

Don't confuse it with the Heimlich maneuver, used to expel objects blocking a person's throat. CPR is for dealing with a stopped or very slowed heart, an entirely different emergency.

TV Tropes is not an encyclopedia. If you want more detailed information, see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiopulmonary_resuscitation the article on the other Wiki]].

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With [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope that out of the way]], let's talk about CPR in RealLife.

!!How it works

CPR is the first treatment performed on a person who has collapsed, has stopped breathing, and has no pulse. Its purpose is to buy the victim time before advanced help can arrive. The chest compressions are designed to manually circulate blood through the victim's body, particularly to the brain, which can be irreparably damaged without oxygen for any period of time. This will explain a lot of why CPR is useful for laypeople to know and why it's performed the way it is.

First, time is ''really'' of the essence; after the victim's collapse, it may be only ''seconds'' before he or she suffers permanent brain damage due to lack of oxygen. Once the rescuer has started
CPR, AED he must continue until actual emergency responders tell him to stand down; this can take several minutes, and other First Aid it can be exhausting for the rescuer, but [[{{Determinator}} he can't afford to give up]]. Some solo first responders can't even ''stand'' after a CPR session just from sheer exhaustion; this is why it's good to have multiple rescuers taking turns administering it. This very short response period is also necessary for use of a [[MagicalDefibrillator defibrillator]], which doesn't actually restore a heartbeat but stops "fibrillation", or a quivering, irregular, useless heartbeat; CPR is meant to restore something resembling an ''actual'' heartbeat and is always used in conjunction with a defibrillator.

The chest compressions are serious and rough; even if done correctly, there's a substantial risk of breaking the victim's ribs from the sheer force of it. If you pay attention, you'll notice that on TV, the rescuer's arms are limp instead of firm, to prevent precisely this from happening to the actor playing the victim. That said, in real life rescuers should ''not'' worry too much about breaking the victim's ribs; a few broken bones is preferable to [[CaptainObvious being dead]]. However, if CPR is done ''incorrectly'', it risks breaking ribs in exactly the wrong place; specifically, it could snap off the xyphoid process at the bottom of the sternum and point a very sharp broken bone directly at the heart itself, which would be fatal (and thus render CPR pointless). This is why formal CPR
training is highly desireable, especially important; even those who are certified should get retrained periodically to be up to date on the latest procedures.

The [[ShirtlessScene undressing aspect]] of CPR is not usually necessary; clothing should only be removed if it would otherwise obstruct administration of CPR or the defibrillator.

Interestingly, two songs have been proposed as having the ideal beat for which to apply chest compressions: Music/TheBeeGees' "[[SuspiciouslyAproposMusic Stayin' Alive]]", and Music/{{Queen}}'s "[[LyricalDissonance Another One Bites the Dust]]".

Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is a staple of CPR on TV because it has [[KissOfLife romantic healing connotations]]. That said, it's used sparingly in real life these days, mostly because of the risk of the rescuer catching any number of nasty diseases from the patient. Mouth-to-mouth will often be done with a special mask to avoid direct contact with the mouth for this reason.

Occasionally, you might see a variant of the "precordial thump" used as part of CPR on TV. The "precordial thump" is a now-outdated technique where the heart is restarted with a precisely-timed blow to the chest. It's essentially a last-resort maneuver. On TV, it provides an opportunity to revive someone by whacking him indiscriminately on the chest, and it's more used as a variant of MagicalDefibrillator than this trope.

And as an aside, since at least 1990, no one has advocated any sort of [[ShotToTheHeart intracardiac injection]] during the process.

!!Success rates

CPR in real life isn't as reliable as anyone would like it to be; the chance of recovery is usually less than 10%, even with medical intervention. Furthermore, even after keeping the patient alive, doctors have to find a way to get rid of whatever induced CPR conditions to begin with, which isn't always possible; many patients die within one or two years even if CPR does save them. Furthermore, if the brain has spent even seconds without oxygen, there may be permanent brain damage.

That said, CPR can be more effective in some situations than others. The most likely chance of success is with drowning victims; successful CPR can revive them back to consciousness, and people who are quickly recovered have a comparatively high chance of long-term success (although seawater can cause serious lung damage). It's also ''slightly'' "prettier", because the water makes the vomiting look cleaner. The other best-case scenario is cardiac arrest due to electric shock, which affects only the heart; this is the closest possible "miraculous resurrection" that CPR can provide, if it's performed immediately.

Then there are some situations where a patient has collapsed and CPR is 100% unreliable, such as cyanide poisoning; even if you can circulate oxygen through the patient, the toxin prevents the body's tissues from absorbing it. And if it was ingested orally, the cyanide could kill the rescuer too if he does mouth-to-mouth improperly.

There are some historical cases of people who have made near-complete recoveries despite being treated with CPR for an absurdly long time, but these just serve to show how quick the first response has to be. A famous example is English footballer Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on the pitch. Medics were on him within seconds, gave him 78 minutes of CPR, 15 defibrillator shocks, and various drugs in the hospital before his heart resumed beating. The point of this is that since he was never in a position where the brain was ''actually'' losing oxygen, CPR gave doctors time to restore his heartbeat. It also illustrates why first aid kits and [=AEDs=] are ubiquitous in public places, particularly gyms and sporting venues.

!!History

People have been trying various methods to revive the dead for centuries, and this led to techniques such as the Silvester method in the late 1800s and the Holger Nielsen method circa 1900, but these only really worked on a victim whose heart was still beating. CPR itself is NewerThanTheyThink; it was only developed in 1957, and public education on it began in the 1960s. Technically, [[MagicalDefibrillator the defibrillator]] predates CPR. This is why you can expect some works set in TheFifties to have characters unfamiliar with CPR (''e.g.'' it being described in ''Series/{{MASH}}'' as a revolutionary new technique or the "What's CPR?" gag from ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'').

!!How to learn

If you still want to learn how to actually be a first responder, go ahead and learn from someone who's ''actually'' certified to teach you; it can be truly valuable
in certain fields of employment. If you are interested, employment, and certification courses are widespread. A good place to look is your local [[UsefulNotes/TheRedCross Red Cross]]. [[note]]Any Cross]] or a national affiliate of the International (''e.g.'' Red Cross and Red Cresent Movement, depending on if Christianity or Islam is the predominant religion of the country Crescent in question. In Israel, it's predominantly Muslim nations, Magen David Adom, Adom in Israel, or Red Star of David, which is used in conjunction with the secular Red Crystal logo.[[/note]]

Proper execution of CPR is vital, which is why formal training is important.[[note]]Frequent re-training is
organization).

We can
also important because changes direct you to procedure happen all the time. For example, in recent years, mouth-to-mouth is no longer recommended in most non-drowning cases.[[/note]] If done wrong, not only could it be ineffective, but it could damage the rib cage in a fatal manner. Proper execution could still break ribs; this is alright, and TheOtherWiki for some physicians suggest it may even be necessary[[note]]Considering death is the likely alternative.[[/note]]. Improper execution could snap off the xyphoid process at the bottom of the sternum and damage the heart itself, rendering CPR pointless.

Don't confuse it with the Heimlich maneuver, used to expel objects blocking a person's throat. CPR is for dealing with a stopped or very slowed heart, an entirely different emergency.

TV Tropes is not an encyclopedia. If you want more detailed information, see
[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiopulmonary_resuscitation the article on the other Wiki]].even more detailed and technical explanations]].

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This is a {{Useful Note|s}}. It is designed to help readers understand how things work in real life so that you can compare it to how it works in fiction. It's a way for you to [[ShownTheirWork do the research]] rather than actually apply it to your RealLife. UsefulNotes are not written by medical professionals and carry no guarantee of accuracy (or indeed, [[NonindicativeName usefulness]]) for your situation. We don't particularly want you [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife ruining someone else's life]].

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This is a {{Useful Note|s}}. It is designed to help readers understand how things work in real life so that you can compare it to how it works in fiction. It's a way for you to [[ShownTheirWork do the research]] rather than actually apply it to your RealLife. UsefulNotes are not [[ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder written by Tropers, not medical professionals professionals]] and carry no guarantee of accuracy (or indeed, [[NonindicativeName usefulness]]) for your situation. We don't particularly want you [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife ruining someone else's life]].
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Proper execution of CPR is vital, which is why formal training is important.[[note]]Frequent re-training is also important because changes to procedure happen all the time. For example, in recent years, mouth-to-mouth is no longer recommended in most non-drowning cases.[[/note]] If done wrong, not only could it be ineffective, but it could damage the rib cage in a fatal manner. Proper execution could still break ribs; this is alright, and some physicians suggest it may even be necessary. Improper execution could snap off the xyphoid process at the bottom of the sternum and damage the heart itself, rendering CPR pointless.

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Proper execution of CPR is vital, which is why formal training is important.[[note]]Frequent re-training is also important because changes to procedure happen all the time. For example, in recent years, mouth-to-mouth is no longer recommended in most non-drowning cases.[[/note]] If done wrong, not only could it be ineffective, but it could damage the rib cage in a fatal manner. Proper execution could still break ribs; this is alright, and some physicians suggest it may even be necessary.necessary[[note]]Considering death is the likely alternative.[[/note]]. Improper execution could snap off the xyphoid process at the bottom of the sternum and damage the heart itself, rendering CPR pointless.
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!First off, if someone near you is not breathing at this moment, '''''[[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife GET OFF TV TROPES]][[note]]In this case, you're ruining ''someone else's life''[[/note]] [[CaptainObvious AND DIAL 9-1-1]][[note]]in North America[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious 1-1-2]][[note]]in the European Union[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious 9-9-9]][[note]]in the British Commonwealth, and many nations formerly thereof[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious OR WHATEVER THE EMERGENCY NUMBER IS IN YOUR JURISDICTION!!!]]'''''[[note]]Most mobile phones will reach emergency services with any of the aforementioned common global emergency numbers, and usually you don't even need to unlock your phone to dial an emergency number.[[/note]] Time is of the essence. The operator can instruct you on the phone.[[note]]If you came here ''because'' someone nearby is not breathing, '''''[[WhatTheHellHero WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!]]'''''[[/note]][[labelnote:extra note]]We don't honestly think anybody is really ''that'' stupid to go to TV Tropes if someone nearby has a medical emergency. [[DontExplainTheJoke This disclaimer is largely just for comedy]].[[/labelnote]]

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!First off, if someone near you is not breathing at this moment, '''''[[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife GET OFF TV TROPES]][[note]]In this case, you're ruining ''someone else's life''[[/note]] [[CaptainObvious AND DIAL 9-1-1]][[note]]in North America[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious 1-1-2]][[note]]in the European Union (also usually works from cell-phones in the U.S.)[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious 9-9-9]][[note]]in the British Commonwealth, and many nations formerly thereof[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious OR WHATEVER THE EMERGENCY NUMBER IS IN YOUR JURISDICTION!!!]]'''''[[note]]Most mobile phones will reach emergency services with any of the aforementioned common global emergency numbers, and usually you don't even need to unlock your phone to dial an emergency number.[[/note]] Time is of the essence. The operator can instruct you on the phone.[[note]]If you came here ''because'' someone nearby is not breathing, '''''[[WhatTheHellHero WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!]]'''''[[/note]][[labelnote:extra note]]We don't honestly think anybody is really ''that'' stupid to go to TV Tropes if someone nearby has a medical emergency. [[DontExplainTheJoke This disclaimer is largely just for comedy]].[[/labelnote]]

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!First off, if someone near you is not breathing at this moment, '''''[[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife GET OFF TV TROPES]][[note]]In this case, you're ruining ''someone else's life''[[/note]] [[CaptainObvious AND DIAL 9-1-1]][[note]]in North America[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious 1-1-2]][[note]]in the European Union (also usually works from cell-phones in the U.S.)[[/note]], Union[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious 9-9-9]][[note]]in the British Commonwealth, and many nations formerly thereof[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious OR WHATEVER THE EMERGENCY NUMBER IS IN YOUR JURISDICTION!!!]]'''''[[note]]Most mobile phones will reach emergency services with any of the aforementioned common global emergency numbers, and usually you don't even need to unlock your phone to dial an emergency number.[[/note]] Time is of the essence. The operator can instruct you on the phone.[[note]]If you came here ''because'' someone nearby is not breathing, '''''[[WhatTheHellHero WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!]]'''''[[/note]][[labelnote:extra note]]We don't honestly think anybody is really ''that'' stupid to go to TV Tropes if someone nearby has a medical emergency. [[DontExplainTheJoke This disclaimer is largely just for comedy]].[[/labelnote]]
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!First off, if someone near you is not breathing at this moment, '''''[[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife GET OFF TV TROPES]][[note]]In this case, you're ruining ''someone else's life''[[/note]] [[CaptainObvious AND DIAL 9-1-1]][[note]]in North America[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious 1-1-2]][[note]]in the European Union[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious 9-9-9]][[note]]in the British Commonwealth, and many nations formerly thereof[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious OR WHATEVER THE EMERGENCY NUMBER IS IN YOUR JURISDICTION!!!]]'''''[[note]]Most mobile phones will reach emergency services with any of the aforementioned common global emergency numbers, and usually you don't even need to unlock your phone to dial an emergency number.[[/note]] Time is of the essence. The operator can instruct you on the phone.[[note]]If you came here ''because'' someone nearby is not breathing, '''''[[WhatTheHellHero WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!]]'''''[[/note]][[labelnote:extra note]]We don't honestly think anybody is really ''that'' stupid to go to TV Tropes if someone nearby has a medical emergency. [[DontExplainTheJoke This disclaimer is largely just for comedy]].[[/labelnote]]

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!First off, if someone near you is not breathing at this moment, '''''[[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife GET OFF TV TROPES]][[note]]In this case, you're ruining ''someone else's life''[[/note]] [[CaptainObvious AND DIAL 9-1-1]][[note]]in North America[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious 1-1-2]][[note]]in the European Union[[/note]], Union (also usually works from cell-phones in the U.S.)[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious 9-9-9]][[note]]in the British Commonwealth, and many nations formerly thereof[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious OR WHATEVER THE EMERGENCY NUMBER IS IN YOUR JURISDICTION!!!]]'''''[[note]]Most mobile phones will reach emergency services with any of the aforementioned common global emergency numbers, and usually you don't even need to unlock your phone to dial an emergency number.[[/note]] Time is of the essence. The operator can instruct you on the phone.[[note]]If you came here ''because'' someone nearby is not breathing, '''''[[WhatTheHellHero WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!]]'''''[[/note]][[labelnote:extra note]]We don't honestly think anybody is really ''that'' stupid to go to TV Tropes if someone nearby has a medical emergency. [[DontExplainTheJoke This disclaimer is largely just for comedy]].[[/labelnote]]
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!First off, if someone near you is not breathing at this moment, '''''[[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife GET OFF TV TROPES]][[note]]In this case, you're ruining ''someone else's life''[[/note]] [[CaptainObvious AND DIAL 9-1-1]],[[note]]in North America[[/note]] [[CaptainObvious 1-1-2]],[[note]]in the European Union[[/note]] [[CaptainObvious 9-9-9]][[note]]in the British Commonwealth, and many nations formerly thereof[[/note]] [[CaptainObvious OR WHATEVER THE EMERGENCY NUMBER IS IN YOUR JURISDICTION!!!]]'''''[[note]]Most mobile phones will reach emergency services with any of the aforementioned common global emergency numbers, and usually you don't even need to unlock your phone to dial an emergency number.[[/note]] Time is of the essence. The operator can instruct you on the phone.[[note]]If you came here ''because'' someone nearby is not breathing, '''''[[WhatTheHellHero WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!]]'''''[[/note]][[labelnote:extra note]]We don't honestly think anybody is really ''that'' stupid to go to TV Tropes if someone nearby has a medical emergency. [[DontExplainTheJoke This disclaimer is largely just for comedy]].[[/labelnote]]

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!First off, if someone near you is not breathing at this moment, '''''[[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife GET OFF TV TROPES]][[note]]In this case, you're ruining ''someone else's life''[[/note]] [[CaptainObvious AND DIAL 9-1-1]],[[note]]in 9-1-1]][[note]]in North America[[/note]] America[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious 1-1-2]],[[note]]in 1-1-2]][[note]]in the European Union[[/note]] Union[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious 9-9-9]][[note]]in the British Commonwealth, and many nations formerly thereof[[/note]] thereof[[/note]], [[CaptainObvious OR WHATEVER THE EMERGENCY NUMBER IS IN YOUR JURISDICTION!!!]]'''''[[note]]Most mobile phones will reach emergency services with any of the aforementioned common global emergency numbers, and usually you don't even need to unlock your phone to dial an emergency number.[[/note]] Time is of the essence. The operator can instruct you on the phone.[[note]]If you came here ''because'' someone nearby is not breathing, '''''[[WhatTheHellHero WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!]]'''''[[/note]][[labelnote:extra note]]We don't honestly think anybody is really ''that'' stupid to go to TV Tropes if someone nearby has a medical emergency. [[DontExplainTheJoke This disclaimer is largely just for comedy]].[[/labelnote]]
1st Feb '14 8:15:03 AM Lenoxus
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Don't confuse it with the Heimlich maneuver, used to expel objects blocking a person's throat. CPR is for dealing with a stopped or very slowed heart, an entirely different emergency.
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