First Code - page 2

by AusRN

Hello! I know this has probably been done before, but I was just wondering if people would like to share their first code stories? Or their most interesting codes? We've had a lot of resus and codes lately and would love to... Read More


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    Quote from recovering nurse
    First code was on an Oncology unit....Stage IV Lung CA pt newly diagnosed. Family came to nurses station and said he was "spitting up blood". I go into the room and he is gushing blood from his mouth and nose and totally aware of what was going on. He mouthed the words "Help me" and quickly turned purple starting at his chest and working upwards (very weird for a new grad). Come to find out the CA had eaten away at his aorta, which in turned ruptured. Big bloody mess which I still vividly remember 14 years later.
    Sounds like the one I described. he also kept mouthing "help" until he went unresponsive.
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    my first code was my 3rd clinical week! It wasn't my pt, but my pt's roommate, who had 2 of my classmates taking care of her - no compressions as she never lost her pulse but they did have to intubate at the bedside before taking her to ICU...the hospital I'm doing clinicals at utilizes a rapid response team...in 2 minutes there were 11 nurses docs, an RT who was bagging and an echo tech, 3 nursing students and my patient SLEPT through it!!!
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    i was lucky enough never to see a code in nursing school, nor on the medical floor i worked on for 18 months after graduating (only rapid responses.) my first code came with my transfer to telemetry. we see them more often here than on the medical floors; i think this is just the nature of the patient population, as we get a lot of cardiac patients here. anyway this was a patient who had been having short runs of v-tach for days that ended up in full scale pulseless v-tach. i remember feeling so detached from my body, like i was watching over the situation from the ceiling, all while trading off with one of the other interns doing compressions. he lived, he went to ICU, he was okay. but ohgod how scary.
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    Quote from MomRN0913
    Sounds like the one I described. he also kept mouthing "help" until he went unresponsive.
    Yep, I will never forget the look on his face! Trying to say "help" while blood pouring from his mouth and nose. I have never had another bloody one like that but I have had some doozies working in a Surgical ICU,
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    Quote from tachybradyRN
    i was lucky enough never to see a code in nursing school, nor on the medical floor i worked on for 18 months after graduating (only rapid responses.)
    I was involved in a 3 hour code my first day of orientation. Started in MRI, went into the hall way, into the ER, to ICU and continued there for awhile. Talk about an interesting way to start a job. While it was not my first, it was the first as an RN.
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    Had my first one as an RN very recently. My own patient, too. The patient did not go into cardiopulmonary arrest, but we still called a code because the patient's O2 sats were declining fast - 70's, then 60's on a non-rebreather. We had to do an RSI.


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