Medscape: What Is the Psychological Cost of Performing CPR?

bystander CPR

“In May 2020, popular American activist and educator Kristin Flanary saw someone suffering cardiac arrest. She stepped in and started doing CPR. And she continued doing CPR…for 10 long minutes. The person she was trying to save was her 34-year-old husband, ophthalmologist and comedian Will Flanary. On Twitter, where she’s known as Lady Glaucomflecken, Kristin recently shared the following message, putting the topic of CPR and automated external defibrillator training front and center.

‘Yes, everyone should learn #CPRandAED. But if we are going to ask people to perform such a brutal task, it’s imperative that we also provide them with the info and resources they need to process it mentally and emotionally. It’s traumatic and life-changing. It’s irresponsible and unethical to ask people to help in such a brutal and traumatic way and then neglect to help them in return.’ In less than a month, the tweet has racked up over 200,000 views.”