Have you performed CPR?

  1. I just got my CPR certification yesterday and was curious how often it's used.
    Have you performed CPR? If so, what type of floor do you work on?
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  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   DizzyLizard
    I worked on a med surg floor for awhile and it would vary. On average I would say maybe once a month. (I'll never forget when we had 2 codes in 30 minutes).
  4. by   Lacie
    It's a question that really is like trying to pull an Ace out of the card pack. I worked CCU/CVICU/Burn ICU/ER at various times. You may have 1 code in a month or you may have 3 in one day. It's just a gamble. We had code teams that handled all codes. If med/surg then the nurse calling the code would initiate cpr protocol while the code team responded then would take over the code. The patients nurse would be the one recording everything for documention from that point. In the Units it was essentially the same way but the nurse may be more participatory as he or she usually partakes in the code teams themselves routinely. At least where I have worked this is the way it was handled. Each facility has thier own protocol.
  5. by   bill4745
    13 years of ICU and ER; at least once a week.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    I've been a nurse for 10 months total. I'm employed at a nursing home and have had to perform CPR three times.

    Most of the nursing home residents have DNR orders.....
  7. by   avery
    I have been a nurse for six months, have been in about 25 codes, three in a day once. Work in CCU (Coronary Care ICU).
    Avery
  8. by   TiffyRN
    When I worked Med/Surg & Telemetry I would use it every few months. Hopefully we would avert codes requiring CPR by intervening or getting a code status changed.

    Thankfully I have not needed to use CPR since I moved to NICU. Hope to keep it that way.
  9. by   TazziRN
    18.5 years in ER, lost track of how many times I've worked on codes.
  10. by   bethin
    5 years on med/surg I think we've had 3 codes. Never had to do CPR but I've had to bag a pt.
  11. by   WOLFE
    I laughed when I went on this evening to see what was under the general posts, and saw this thread...let me explain why...I have just gotten home (shift is 7a-7p)...work on a pcu floor...two codes tonight within 3 minutes of each other...on opposite ends of the floor...what excitement...as for the second part of the question...depends...some days/weeks none and then like tonight 2 in a row.
  12. by   cocco
    Did chest compressions on a neonate last night for the first time. I have only been in the NICU for 10 wks. Before that I was in med/surg for 1.5 yrs and never did compressions. We only had 2 codes in that time on our floor that did require compressions. Most of our codes are stabalized and transferred to the ICU before that.
  13. by   TazziRN
    Quote from cocco
    Did chest compressions on a neonate last night for the first time.
    I once did compressions on a neonate literally with my arm stuck straight out between the crush of bodies around the gurney. The baby was so tiny that everyone was presssed up against each other to work on her, and there was no room for me except for my arm.
  14. by   UM Review RN
    Actually had to do chest compressions twice, been in many more near-Codes than actual Codes in my years in Tele.

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