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Resuscitation from Drowning and Electrical Shock

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Production Years: 
1922 to 1923


Film Properties: 
Length (feet): 
636 (28mm)
Length (minutes): 
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Library and Archives Canada: 28mm, 35mm.
"This film instructs the viewer in the correct technique for resuscitating victims of drowning and electrocution. The first intertitle reads: 'The Prone Pressure Method is endorsed by leading Medical, Engineering and Public Utility Organizations'. The film uses a dramatization in a swimming pool to demonstrate resuscitation: one woman flounders in the water as another swims towards her; the victim is towed to the edge of the pool and pulled out of the water; the patient is placed face downwards while the other woman performs resuscitation until the victim is revived. A second dramatization shows how the prone pressure method is used in cases of electrocution: a man touches a fallen power-line and falls to the ground electrocuted; when two electrical workers arrive, one clears away the wire while the second performs resuscitation; a doctor arrives and administers amonia and hypodermic heart stimulants; the patient is eventually revived but is kept lying down until the ambulance arrives. An intertitle reads, 'Employees of Toronto Hydro Electric', and the men who performed the dramatization pose for the camera. The film then shows the details of the prone pressure method using intertitles explaining the steps and two men demonstrating each one. The final intertitele reads: 'This method practiced by men in the public utilities of Ontario has saved more than one hundred lives'."

Production years uncertain.