uh...CPR question - page 2

by ISRN | 2,424 Views | 12 Comments

Hello!:)I must be overthinking,but all of a sudden found myself puzzled by the following:In the event of a respiratory arrest, do we start compressions? Or do we administer oxygen? I've googled this and have not yet found one... Read More


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    Ok, so here's what you do in the simplest terms...

    If you're out on the street and EVER feel like "Should I be doing CPR?" The answer is always YES!

    If you are "with it" enough to think quickly through it or have help (coworkers), you'll just do the part they need.
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    Yup and dead people don't breathe.

    Justbeachy, I had a similar experience last summer when I re-upped at a refresher held at a hospital near me where 6 of that hospital's own RNs (one PACU, one L&D, and the others I was not sure of) failed the written portion by a lot of questions and had to sit down and rethink them. The nurse I had to partner with kept trying to do compressions on the child dummy just below it's belly button This poor old retired firefighter instructor kept coming over and moving her hand up This nurse told me she has been with the hospital for 10 years... ... ...
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    Quote from ISRN
    Hello!I must be overthinking,but all of a sudden found myself puzzled by the following:In the event of a respiratory arrest, do we start compressions? Or do we administer oxygen? I've googled this and have not yet found one definite answer..Mauve someone could share from experience?Much appreciated!
    Think about these situations. If someone goes into respiratory arrest, what is happening? If the patient isn't breathing, what is oxygen going to do? It doesn't matter if you're blowing 100% FiO2 in someone's face... if they're not breathing, it's not going to get to the lungs. What kind of answers did you find on google? I'm having a hard time thinking that you couldn't find a definitive answer... for respiratory arrest, you administer rescue breaths. If there is a pulse, you do rescue breaths only and if there is not a pulse, you begin CPR. Why would you start compressions on someone with a pulse?


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