We found an interesting post over at The Straight Dope that really surprised us. They chewed on some research results involving resuscitation statistics that reveal strangers are more likely to perform CPR on you than someone you know would.
Conventional wisdom held (without any basis other than it sounded “good”) that strangers were less likely to perform CPR on others. We thought the reasons included the unknown medical history of strangers, unknown airborne and bloodborne pathogens you could be exposed to–stuff like that. It goes along with the American Heart Association’s “hands-only” CPR program that addresses this.
It turns out rescuers panic more when they know the victim.
What’s the moral of their blog post?
“…if you’re planning on having a heart attack, I recommend you arrange to have a trained stranger on hand who can start CPR immediately upon your collapse.”
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