Questionable CPR scene from Mediacorp’s medical drama ‘Healing Heroes’ abandons S’poreans

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Despite what people may say about local productions, the shows are still watched by a segment of the population.

This is evidenced by a recent uproar on r/Singapore subreddit, where a user highlighted a tragically comic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) scene from “Healing Heroes.”

The title, which premiered on August 9, 2022, is Mediacorp’s first long-form medical drama.

It stars Chen Han Wei, Ann Kok, Shaun Chen, Pierre Png, Paige Chua and Zhang Yao Dong, alongside new faces from Star Search 2019:

  • Herman Keho
  • Zhang Ze Tong
  • Gini Chang
  • Sheryl Ango

In the CPR scene, an aspiring doctor, played by Zhang, performs the procedure on a patient who is brought in for emergency care.

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However, Zhang deviates quite a bit from the prescribed method, and instead of compressing the patient’s chest, he moves his head up and down in an absurd way.

As a result, Zhang and Mediacorp received some shattering comments about the acting:

However, some also came to Zhang’s defense, pointing out that his stance was correct, only that he couldn’t really do the compression because it was just a drama.

The patient’s rib cage could have been crushed if Zhang applied himself properly, others reasoned, though that was soon answered with suggestions that the camera angle could have been more favorable to make it look more realistic.

In a subsequent thread, the same user showed Zhang CPR in another scene, which looks a little more believable thanks to the camera angle:

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The show wasn’t the only one to be criticized for ridiculous acting, as a Filipino drama similarly got flak for its CPR scene that went viral.

A third of cases suffer from cracked ribs

According to SCDF, about a third of cases will sustain cracked ribs during CPR.

Those performing the procedure will hear a cracking sound if this happens, but they are advised not to stop CPR, which can be essential to save the patient’s life.

Cracked ribs, on the other hand, do not cause serious consequences.

Here’s how to perform CPR, from the Singapore Heart Foundation:

  • Kneel with your knees slightly apart.
  • Interlace fingers.
  • Place the heel of your hand on the lower half of the sternum (sternum).
  • Place your shoulders directly above the victim’s chest.
  • Straighten both elbows and lock them in place.
  • Use body weight to achieve a compression depth of 4 cm – 6 cm and compress at a rate of 100 – 120 compressions per minute. The chest should spring back completely (coming all the way up) after each compression.
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