Product Review: Mattel’s Resuscitate Me Elmo

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Pros / Thanks to his lovable and playful interactions, Resuscitate Me Elmo makes it ridiculously easy and fun to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Cons / Battery life is weak and Elmo’s chest cracks easily.

The One Liner / Resuscitate Me Elmo is a game-changer, giving patients and families a new and exciting way to better understand CPR and discuss end-of-life issues, and may be this year’s newest and most exciting fad.

For a while, it looked like Mattel wouldn’t be able to top the worldwide phenomenon that Tickle Me Elmo became when it was released in 1996.  That may change this coming Christmas season with the release of Mattel’s new Resuscitate Me Elmo.  Mattel has conquered the younger demographic and this time has its sights set on the baby-boomer generation.

“It’s time to turn our attention to our parents and grandparents,” said a spokesman for Mattel.  “Elmo loves all, young and old.  Elders no longer have to feel left out.”

Resuscitate Me Elmo is slightly smaller compared to its sprightly counterpart Tickle Me Elmo and is notably aged, tired-appearing, and cachectic.  His eyes are sunken and his once bright red fur is now pale and molting.  He has a bigger belly and is more flatulent.  He is much less flexible, with rickety and arthritic lower back, hips, and knees, and moves with assistance of a rolling walker.  He suffers from halitosis and occasional incontinence.

Without prompting, Resuscitate Me Elmo coughs, hacks, and moans, occasionally cursing the heavens.  When squeezed once, Resuscitate Me Elmo gasps and says, “That hurts, hehehehe!”  When squeezed twice, he says, “Elmo loves morphine!”  When squeezed three times in a row, Elmo says “Elmo needs to be saved, hehehehe!” and becomes unresponsive.

This is where the fun begins.

With appropriate CPR including defibrillation, Elmo blurts out phrases like “Elmo loves oxygenation!” or “That tickles!”  He provides instantaneous feedback on your compressions, so that you learn while you save.  If your form fades, then so does Resuscitate Me Elmo: “Elmo’s getting sleepy!”  If you successfully resuscitate Elmo, then Elmo rejoices, shakes, laughs, and jiggles, saying, “Elmo loves return of spontaneous circulation, hehehehe!” before asking for a hug and delving into heavier topics like code status, goals of care, and hospice.

Palliative Care teams in select hospitals across the country who have added Resuscitate Me Elmo to their rosters have noted a 100% success rate in making patients DNR (do not resuscitate) with subsequent transition to hospice.

“He makes you laugh and he makes you think,” said patient Terry Buchanan, who is now DNR.  “Elmo taught me less is more.”

He added: “Elmo loves Terry.”

Mattel’s Resuscitate Me Elmo is priced at $29.99 and includes rolling walker, hospital gown, nonrebreather, central line, and Foley.  Resuscitate Me Elmo is recommended for patients ages 18 and up.  Release date is set for November 26, 2014.  Hospital bed and ventilator sold separately.

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    Janet Heilbronn

    truly LOL Jeanette Wierman

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    Kara Bartholomew-Johnson

    That is too funny! I was thinking the same thing when I read it!

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    Conchetta Bigalchi Bowers

    Hahahaha

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    Pam Oglevee

    What! This is awesome!

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    Lacey Laurino

    Haha “Elmo love ROSC!”

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    Kelly Kadlec

    That is awesome! Yes, I think we need to get some of these!

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    Jody Madden

    Is there going to be an IPO for this breakthrough medical device? I’ll buy!!!

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    Jaime Keith

    Definitely!! Pam & Evelyn: looook at this!!

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    Tabitha Moe

    I’m thinking it goes in gift bags to new interns?

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    Tabitha Moe

    I’m thinking it goes in gift bags to new interns?

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    Brandi M Turner

    This is great, I will use this Elmo doll in explains to my 99 y old hip fractures families that can’t decide if they really should push for that DNR:DNI or not

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    Brandi M Turner

    This is great, I will use this Elmo doll in explains to my 99 y old hip fractures families that can’t decide if they really should push for that DNR:DNI or not

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    Robin Fahringer Mitchell Machajewski

    LOL! Y’all are so bad! Thanks to GomerBlog, I know I will no longer be DRIVING the bus to hell, I’ll just be a passenger.

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    Robin Fahringer Mitchell Machajewski

    LOL! Y’all are so bad! Thanks to GomerBlog, I know I will no longer be DRIVING the bus to hell, I’ll just be a passenger.

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    Tara Janine Christensen

    Jaime you need this for your next flash mob

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    Tara Janine Christensen

    Jaime you need this for your next flash mob

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    Viet Barnes Do

    He wants compressions but no intubation. He’s a DNI Elmo.

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    Gomerblog

    Getting too old, no advance directive

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    Erin Catherine

    Nicole Kupchik

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    Pat Gigliotti Atkins

    Ugh!

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    Cassandra Susman

    Just what is it that Elmo is doing that he requires repeated resuscitation?

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    Emily Bailey Adams

    Really

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    Andrew P Spencer

    I heard that the AHA is adopting this as the standard for the new generation of BLS courses. There will be a Grover version for ALS.

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    Heidi Killefer

    Kelly Kadlec maybe we should invest in a few of these???

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    Jenn Hayes

    Lynze Eades you would appreciate this

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    Elise Peterson

    Erica Peterson Connor Colin Connor Erin Abel Peterson Michael Peterson Evan Ward

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    Jonathan Walker

    Kara Bartholomew-Johnson reminded me of yesterday

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    Heather Larch

    Luke Gilmore maybe we should get these instead if new trainers!

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    Donald Sample

    Really?

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    Joanie Sapienza

    Bahahahahhahaha!

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