Carotid massage-A possible new cardiac resuscitation procedure.

In our current resuscitation procedure for unconscious patients, we rationalize that by compression of the chest wall, we also compresse the heart and the major arteries in the chest cavity resulting in some arterial blood flow to vital organs like the brain. I believe that we now also feel that the pulmonary component is unnecessary and have also omitted it from the acronym as well.
Could our distant cousins the apes be giving us -their more learned cousins a special Christmas gift- a better CPR technique than the one we currently are using? On one of the TV channels this morning which just happens to be Christmas day 2014 it showed how apes were able to successfully resuscitate one of their own after the ape had been electrocuted rendering him unconscious to a railway platform below. As the startled passengers at the railway station looked on with shock with no one willing to come forward to offer first aid, one of the apes on the railway platform decided to take over.
The video showed how this non human first aid worker first tried dipping their relative in puddle of water found between the tracks. When that was unsuccessful he began what seemed to be a bitting-like manoeuvre on the side of the neck! He continued this for 20 minutes. As I looked more closely at this youtube video which was shown on repeated broadcasts, it appeared to me that the ape may actually be applying pressure to the carotid artery or massaging it to move blood forward. Could this is a more effective way of getting arterial perfusion passively to the brain than with the method we now use namely compression of the chest wall?
This may be worth further studies. I faintly seem to recall a lecture from my undergraduate medical study days (over 55 year ago) that there may be a collection of nerves in the carotid artery (a node) which if massaged can restart the heart beat- I must look this up on the internet. If I do find it I will post another blog letting you bloggers know about it.
Incidentally if carotid artery massage and/or whatever you want to call this procedure, is found to be more effective, there would be no need to change the acronym- just substitute carotid for cardiac.

Cardiac Research at St.Boniface Hospital Research Foundation.

Recently in the Winnipeg Free Press (Dec 13,2014) two half page adds hilited the principal investigators and their research at the St.Boniface Hospital Research Foundation to “…lessen the impact of heart attacks…”.The adds suggest for more details on the research and goals of these scientists at this research centre the reader should to go to their link or the website
My comments. Its a very opportune time for the foundation to place these adds during the festive season when people are in the mood of buying gifts. I hope their drive for funds is very successful.
My other 2 comments are maybe not so complementary. The reader will notice that the upper half of one of these pages contains an add for purchasing liquor. Probably not the wisest selection by the newspaper editors.
Regarding my third comment it relates to an international symposium entitled “Free Radicals in Health and Disease ” which was held on October 1987 at the A. Cohen auditorium of the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation. The three main Organizers for this symposium included the U. of Manitoba, St.Boniface Hospital Research Foundation and the Kildonan Institute of Gerontology -the latter a private non profit research foundation. As the medical director of this foundation I was pleased that we were able to successfully invite and sponsor for this symposium Dr. Denham Harman, a professor at the U. of Nebraska and the- ” father of Free Radical Pathology”*
About a decade later in the mid 1990’s our private foundation dissolved basically for lack of funds. Our equipment was donated to the St.Boniface Hospital Research Foundation in the 1990’s, but my knowledge and expertise in the field of cellular gerontology did not accompany this donation although I personally made the request at the time of the donation as well as on several subsequent occasions.
It is however somewhat gratifying to at least see that some of the research at St.Boniface Hospital Research Foundation is being directed to free radical pathology. However now at the age of 87 I often reflect on” what if” I had the opportunity to work at this research centre which I was willing to do gratis.

*.Dr. Denham recently died on Nov 25,2014 at the age of 98 without receiving the Nobel prize even though he was nominated some 6 times.