Recognising Cardiac Arrest animation project
Rescuers often fail to recognize cardiac arrest. This causes a delay in starting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and this decreases the victim's chances of survival. A common reason for not starting CPR is the presence of a period of agonal breathing (gasping) after the heart stops. This is often mistaken for normal breathing. Training rescuers to recognize the signs of cardiac arrest using manikins is difficult. As well as the ethical issues involved in using video clips from actual cardiac arrests, trainees may also find real videos disturbing. Using short animations offers an alternative way to teach recognition of the signs of cardiac arrest.
The Resuscitation Council (UK) sponsored a project at the Bristol School of Animation, University of West of England. Second and third year students individually or in teams pitched their ideas to the Council. The 4 best ideas were funded to produce animations.
Produced by Daniel Keeble, Sophie Lowden, Jamie Iles and Chris Raadjes
Daisy Hynes, Charlie Miller, Constantinos Mavromichalis and Dane Winn