Hi all. I am an LPN on a med-surg floor (just graduated from RN school) and have been working med-surg for about two years. Last night was my very first code and I am still shook up. I know it had to happen at some point in my career, but I still feel so anxious. Luckily my coworkers were by my side the entire time and guided me through what I didn't know. I just keep going over again and again in my head what I could have done to prevent this. The patient was admitted with chest pain but an MI was ruled out. At the beginning of my shift he was A&Ox3 and only having mild pain. Then, near the end of the shift, he had a fall and afterwards became diaphoretic, dyspneic, tachycardic, and just didn't look good at all
. Called doc and nsg supervisor after assessing him. Asked coworker to restart IV that had came out during fall while I talked to doc on phone. Five minutes later he wasn't breathing and luckily the other nurse was with him and we were able to react very quickly. I still feel so anxious though. I know in my heart I did all I could do, but I still wonder if I had just checked on him five minutes earlier than I did (I had checked on him and then went into the room next to his. Ten minutes after being in that room I heard a thump and rushed to his room) or stayed with him longer could this had been prevented. How did you all cope with your first code???