The Dreamy CPR Technique?
Dr. Derek Shepard was a neurosurgeon and eventually the Chief of Neurosurgery and Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital (or Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital). That said, we can perhaps forgive his problematic CPR technique. Meredith Grey falls into the water during a rescue during Season 2. Shepard sees this and jumps in to pull her out. Of course, this is icy cold Seattle water. Clearly, he was in an emotional state and is certainly not an emergency medical professional. In spite of the fact that Grey was perhaps in need of heat due to how blue she looked, Dr. Shepard also feels he needs to perform CPR.
She is not breathing, apparently, so this makes sense. However, we feel there is a lot of medical drama put into this save. At the time of the episode airing, the proper CPR technique was 30 chest compressions and two rescue breaths. This was pretty well known, so much so that any medical student would have learned it. This was also the common CPR technique for a very long time. Shepard, however, is giving her one breath for every five chest compressions. Which is three times more breaths than he should have given. Today, however, rescue breaths aren’t always recommended during CPR. Yet it still would be viable for drowning victims.