To the Editor,
Newspapers have the potential to influence the individual actions of the general population. Specifically, in the context of resuscitation, newspapers may influence readers’ expectations by giving an over-optimistic idea of survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Newspapers may also convey to readers wrong messages about resuscitation manoeuvres, possibly altering how laypeople react in the case of OHCA. In this work, we describe how cases of OHCA are reported in the Italian general press.
Scquizzato T, Gazzato A, Semeraro F, Landoni G, Ristagno G, Scapigliati A. Cardiac arrest reported in newspapers: A new, yet missed, opportunity to increase cardiopulmonary resuscitation awareness. Resuscitation. 2021 Jan 11:S0300-9572(21)00008-3. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2021.01.002. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33444707.