What would you do?

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    So here's the back story....one of the nurses on the unit went into respiratory distress. She was yelling and screaming for oxygen and a nebulizer treatment no one did anything except call 911. The supervisor stated that he did not want to lose his license and the administrator said it was against the facility policy to give any type of treatment. The nurse died on the unit before the ambulance came. What would you have done in this situation? Would you have risked your license if you believed that you could have possibly saved the nurses life?
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    I assume this is a made up hypothetical?

    Could you cite some cases in which a nurse loses a license for this sort of thing?

    There is, around here, a belief thany any sort of infraction will result in loss of license.
    llg and kvirgo31 like this.
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    Uhhh... Yeah I would have started CPR if she was in the need.
    llg, anotherone, canoehead, and 2 others like this.
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    If she had enough air to yell and scream............

    No one is going to lose their license for hooking up 02, or most especially for doing CPR.

    Methinks I smell troll......
    Nurse_Diane, Rose_Queen, llg, and 20 others like this.
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    Hmm interesting.


    I would probably take her pulse ox and if it was low obviously apply o2. But I wouldn't put a neb on.

    Did she have a prior history of respiratory distress? If she did she should've carried something for it (neb, inhaler, etc.) if she had a neb in her pocket I would've put it on then.
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    1) if she was yelling, then she was breathing

    2) didn't she carry an epi pen or a rescue inhaler for...... whatever..... was going on with her?

    3) once she stopped breathing and was without pulse, I'm skeptical that staff wouldn't initiate CPR
    llg, prnqday, anotherone, and 10 others like this.
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    Quote from cowgurl89
    So here's the back story....one of the nurses on the unit went into respiratory distress. She was yelling and screaming for oxygen and a nebulizer treatment no one did anything except call 911. The supervisor stated that he did not want to lose his license and the administrator said it was against the facility policy to give any type of treatment. The nurse died on the unit before the ambulance came. What would you have done in this situation? Would you have risked your license if you believed that you could have possibly saved the nurses life?
    On the unit? Which unit? That implies she's in a hospital. She would have been wheeled to the ER and treated. Other than that, I agree that yelling and screaming demands constitutes an adequate airway. This story has too many holes in it. Do they have medical personnel or just "caregivers"? They are CNA level people who are only certified to do CPR in emergency cases and not much else. I don't know what constitutes an administrator.
    llg, anotherone, jadelpn, and 2 others like this.
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    Homework, eithics class.
    Nurse_Diane, llg, uRNmyway, and 14 others like this.
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    Sounds like an ethics class homework assignments to me...

    If this was real, people would have acted. Or rushed her to the ED since she's in a "unit".

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    anotherone, 1feistymama, nrsang97, and 1 other like this.
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    The fact that they called for an ambulance leads me to believe it couldn't have happened in a hospital.... if it happened at all.
    anotherone, Dazglue, Katie13LPN, and 2 others like this.


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