Should a nurse perform CPR to someone outside of the healthcare setting? - page 4
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- 0Mar 31, '13 by SuzieVNQuote from xoemmylouoxUnless you ultimately end up in a vegetative state. But, I once had a BF and we discussed this to no end. His final argument, and conviction: I don't care what happens to me physically. If my mind can still function, even if I cannot communicate, but I can think- I don't even care if I am totally paralyzed and in a chair- I want to live. Not so for me.I will always try to help. If it was me going down I certainly hope someone would try to save me. CPR is far from perfect, but it sure beats doing nothing until advanced help arrives.
- 0Mar 31, '13 by LadyFree28I have done rescue breathing for someone who had signal breaths and an adequate pulse, while the other bystander tried to prevent me from doing that ; no chest compressions as of yet outside of a facility.
Regardless of he situation, I would try my best in the situation any way I can.
- 1Apr 6, '13 by GadgetRN71I believe that we all have an obligation to help each other, nurse or no. I would have a big problem with a lay person who knows CPR ignoring someone who needs it. FWIW, my dad has performed CPR out in the field twice( he's a retired firefighter) and both times not only got a pulse back, both people lived. I was always under the impression that CPR wasn't meant to bring someone back, but to buy time until the big guns arrived.
I would do CPR outside of my workplace.
- 0Apr 6, '13 by GadgetRN71Quote from SuzieVNI agree with your BF, I would want to live too, if I still had brain function. But,people are different.Unless you ultimately end up in a vegetative state. But, I once had a BF and we discussed this to no end. His final argument, and conviction: I don't care what happens to me physically. If my mind can still function, even if I cannot communicate, but I can think- I don't even care if I am totally paralyzed and in a chair- I want to live. Not so for me.
- 2Apr 7, '13 by xoemmylouoxThe problem is some people come back with fully functioning lives. You don't know what the outcome will be so hence always start the CPR. I don't want to be on a vent for the rest of my life with no ability to move, think, etc, but I sure as hell want the chance to recover. I have seen patient who have coded more than once and have come back to live normal lives, sure they aren't the norm, but it DOES happen.
- 0Apr 9, '13 by SadalaUnless the person was clearly dead (and I've had that happen btw - found someone dead with extensive lividity) - I would do CPR (unless there was a DNR).
And if I had a loved one who was not attended to by a bystander with knowledge then God help that person if there was any question that there might have been a save.
Read this and then explain to me how you could just stand there.
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- 3Jun 2, '13 by calivianyaI like what the latest ACLS guidelines say. I got so tickled I went into a crazy laughing fit while I was studying for the exam. This is from the 2010 manual page 90, if anyone cares: "The resuscitation team must make a conscientious and competent effort to give patients "a trial of CPR and ACLS," provided the patient had not expressed a decision to forego resuscitative efforts and the victim is not obviously dead (eg, rigor mortis, decomposition, hemisection, decapitation)."
Okay, so... running with those guidelines, anyone but a decapitated, cut in half person who's obviously decomposing is pretty much fair game for CPR in the field. I really enjoyed how they defined obviously dead... maybe I just have a really morbid sense of humor. I think these guidelines are reasonable and I would absolutely give someone in the field a chance... as long as they weren't decapitated! Can you even imagine some idiot trying to perform CPR on a decapitated person?
- 0Jun 2, '13 by kaydensmom01I 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.