Analysis of the YouTube videos on basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Rev Col Bras Cir. 2012 Jul-Aug;39(4):335-9. doi: 10.1590/s0100-69912012000400015.
[Article in English, Portuguese]


Objective: To analyze the videos on the YouTube video sharing site, noting which points addressed in the videos related to CPR and BLS, based on the 2010 Guidelines for the American Heart Association (AHA).

Methods: This was an exploratory, quantitative and qualitative research performed in the YouTube sharing site, using as keywords the expressions in Portuguese equivalent to the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) "Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation" and "Basic Life Support" for videos that focused on the basic life support.

Results: The research totaled 260 videos over the two searches. Following the exclusion criteria, 61 videos remained. These mostly are posted by individuals and belong to the category Education. Moreover, most of the videos, despite being added to the site after the publication of the 2010 AHA Guidelines, were under the older 2005 guidelines.

Conclusion: Although the video-sharing site YouTube is widely used today, it lacks videos about CPR and BLS that comply to the most recent AHA recommendations, which may negatively influence the population that uses it.

MeSH terms

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation*
  • Humans
  • Life Support Care*
  • Social Media / standards*
  • Videotape Recording / standards*