I am a student and was on the CVCU last week. I saw my first code and noticed the doctor doing compressions was going at least twice as fast as I thought we were supposed to (had the song Staying Alive going through my head). I asked a nurse about it later and she said we are supposed to give compressions of AT LEAST 100/minute.
I thought 100 bpm or so was optimal, was his 200 bpm appropriate or just off the charts? I attributed the increased speed to adrenaline, but maybe he was going that fast on purpose.
Thanks for taking the time to answer this, I want to have my facts straight for the time when I'm the one giving compressions.