Friday, June 26, 2009

Do we have to know? Michael Jackson "investigation"

Well, it's been just a little over 24 hours now since the music world was rocked by the news of Michael Jackson's death. Whether you thought him odd or a genius, there's not taking away his musical talent and the many ways he changed and helped grow the music scene since the 70s and 80s.

But now, the reports are abounding about what may have caused his death, his alleged addictions, his illnesses, his private doctor. In the car just now, I heard a report that the L.A. police want to speak with the physician who was with Michael when he died - problem is, they can't find him.

What does concern me is the report that this supposed doctor was doing CPR, according to the 9-1-1 call that was made available. But he was doing it *on the bed*, not on a hard surface like you're supposed to to make the heart compressions effective.

I can understand a non-medical professional stressing out and forgetting that detail, but a doctor? It's one of the first things you're taught about resuscitation in a hospital. That's why "crash carts" have boards on them, so you can slide it underneath the patient between the patient and the soft mattress.

To me, this is important information to know because if it is true, then maybe more people need education regarding the importance of doing CPR properly. But, my desire to know is left at that. Whether he died of an overdose, illnesses, or the result of his body breaking down after years of abuse - that's for his family, not for us. The man is dead. I think we should also let him go.

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