Should a nurse perform CPR to someone outside of the healthcare setting? - page 4

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  1. by   kaydensmom01
    I am always curious about what to do if you have your children with you, because I heard that once you start CPR you are required by law to stay and continue until the EMT arrives or other relief? Is it a long enough time frame to worry about leaving your 2 year old by your side and hoping he will stay, or does help arrive fast? I have always been curious. I am sure if I needed to perform it somewhere such as a grocery store or restaurant I would, but I obviously would not consider stopping at an accident scene to help if my child was with me.
  2. by   wooh
    Quote from calivianya
    Can you even imagine some idiot trying to perform CPR on a decapitated person?
    Well obviously while I was doing CPR, I would direct another bystander to collect the severed body part and put it on ice so it could be reattached at the hospital....
  3. by   miasmom
    I have done to nany times at work just to see more suffering. I also watched done on family member who wsnted to live to be 100. Outcome did not change. I understand not wanting to give up hope. Neber had to do it outside work and prsy I never hsve to. Choking is one thing compressions is different. I tell my kids if it my time to do not make suffer. I will haunt you.
  4. by   IEDave
    Quote from wooh
    Well obviously while I was doing CPR, I would direct another bystander to collect the severed body part and put it on ice so it could be reattached at the hospital....
    Better bring some Febreze along for the decomp...

    As for me, I'd prefer CPR if for no other reason that I'm bloody well going to get that LVN license one way or another!

    ----- Dave
  5. by   BlueLightRN
    I would do compression only CPR on anyone who I came across collapsed or who I saw collapse. Especially a child I would likely not put my mouth to any stranger's though. I carry a mask usually but not always. I would try to help though.
  6. by   BlueLightRN
    I do not stop at accident scenes for my own personal safety. I do not need to be the next casualty of the road. I'm sorry if that upsets some people but I don't feel it's safe to get out and get in the road when there's an accident. I've never seen an accident bad enough I thought someone would need CPR or was in danger of loss of life or anything so maybe in that circumstance I would stop but I'd have to really feel someone was going to die if I did not.
  7. by   T-Bird78
    Aren't we supposed to? And Good Samaritan laws protect lay people, not medically trained healthcare professionals. It does cover us as long as we're not functioning outside our scope of practice, so no thoracotomy will be performed by me! Besides, I couldn't sit by and watch someone lie on the sidewalk and not do anything.
  8. by   BlueLightRN
    We are not obligated to. I've never come upon a scene where someone was lying on the sidewalk. Mostly just fender benders and stuff. If I saw a person clearly hurt I would stop.
  9. by   amberella123
    Quote from DebKRN
    Some of the comments I've read really break my heart. And, kuddos to those of you who would do CPR in any setting with no reservations. I couldn't even imagine walking away or standing there not helping anyone who is in need of CPR. This really hits home with me after having to perform CPR on my own husband who suffered "the widow maker" MI and dropped dead on my living room floor in front of our 12 yr old daughter. I would hope that if he had went down out in the community and there was a nurse around, he/she would intervene. CPR is not a joke. It can work. My husband is living and well almost 4 years later. His survival rate according to his cardiologist and research I've done was less than 3%. They nicknamed him "miracle man" at the heart hospital he was transferred to.
    I'm so glad he's ok! For you and your daughter.
  10. by   OCNRN63
    Quote from elkpark
    (That reminds me -- many years ago, when I was in nursing school and all hepped up about having learned CPR for the first time, my father, a physician, took me aside to tell me in all seriousness that, if he ever fell over dead in front of me, I should not waste any time fooling around with CPR, but just cut him open and do direct cardiac massage. He explained to me in great detail (and pointing to landmarks on his torso) exactly where and how I should cut and exactly how to do the direct massage. The whole conversation was practically traumatizing. He was always openly scornful of CPR, and used to say the only thing it was good for was to give the staff nurses on the floor something to do to feel useful while they were waiting for the code team to arrive -- he considered starting CPR out in the field idiotic. For better or worse, I've inherited his views. )
    Did he tell you to make sure not to pick a knife with a serrated edge? I'm trying to visualize that conversation.

  11. by   CarePoint
    Great question. With the introduction of "Hands-Only" or "Compression-Only" CPR in the mainstream, aside from an unsafe situation, there are not many barriers to providing assistance in the event of cardiac arrest.
    Last edit by sirI on Feb 26, '15
  12. by   cardiacfreak
    As long as there is not a DNR I don't see why someone wouldn't especially since the AHA recommendation is hands only. The person has a small chance of survival and if it's that persons time to go, I'm not going to change that. I've seen several people survive because of CPR in the field, granted most are because of AEDs.

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