Nurses save life of pilot in mid-air.....

  1. 17 Wow, kudos to these two nurses.


    OMAHA, Neb. (KABC) -- When the pilot of United Airlines Flight 6037, packed with more than 150 passengers and crew, suffered an apparent heart attack, it was nurses Amy Sorenson and Linda Alweiss way back in coach who sprang into action and saved the day.



    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?se...rld&id=9391162
    Last edit by tom on Jan 16, '14
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  3. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    They should now be able to fly first class for free.

    Well done!
    LetItBe329, Info(RN)matics, brian, and 2 others like this.
  4. Visit  SoldierNurse22 profile page
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    That's incredible. I know they don't consider themselves heroes, but I do!
    brian, T.H.R.N., and Emergent like this.
  5. Visit  Emergent profile page
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    I like the husband and daughter of the older nurse at the end. "She's a hero!" they said.
    T.H.R.N. likes this.
  6. Visit  casi profile page
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    I love that they don't consider themselves heroes. Nurses kind of have a broken hero meter.
    mama.RN likes this.
  7. Visit  Nurse Medicine Woman profile page
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    This is awesome!!
  8. Visit  Flare profile page
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    They're awesome!! This story gave me a case of the happies for the day. Just nurses being nurses
  9. Visit  tntrn profile page
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    Pilots who land damaged aircraft don't consider themselves heros either. They are doing what they were trained to do....as were these nurses. That being said, as a nurse married to a retired commercial pilot, Bravo!
    Spidey's mom likes this.
  10. Visit  wanderlust99 profile page
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    Amazing! I have always wondered what kind of medical equipment they keep on board airplanes!
  11. Visit  nursewendy2011 profile page
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    While I think nurses are superheroes, I have very little confidence in my skills as an LVN with only 7 months experience in an easy job which was 90% passing meds. So this article got me thinking. 1.) That I wouldn't know how to respond, except to do CPR, (is there something else?) and 2.) How could they start an IV without doctor's orders? I really want to know.
    LetItBe329 likes this.
  12. Visit  GrnTea profile page
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    In an emergency the Good Samaritan Law covers you to do anything that's necessary that you have training and experience in doing. Any RN can tell you that a patent IV is essential in any medical emergency, and obviously at least one of them knew how to start one in this one.
    SoldierNurse22 and Emergent like this.
  13. Visit  G.martin profile page
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    Quote from nursewendy2011
    While I think nurses are superheroes, I have very little confidence in my skills as an LVN with only 7 months experience in an easy job which was 90% passing meds. So this article got me thinking. 1.) That I wouldn't know how to respond, except to do CPR, (is there something else?) and 2.) How could they start an IV without doctor's orders? I really want to know.
    ACLS! I was an LVN for a few years then an R.N. For a few years before I went into cardiac nursing and was required to obtain my ACLS for the first time. I then realized I was not a compleat competent nurse until I could run a code by myself. Keep going, you learn new things everyday even after 40 years. Take more education than required, there is no end to what you can learn and what you can do.
  14. Visit  big al lpn profile page
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    I don't think the IV or drug administration would be covered under the Good Samaritan law. More likely they did it and then got the orders covered by some form of online medical direction. I believe most airlines contract with a company that gets them an MD via radio/phone to help them decide to divert a plain or continue on course when there is an emergency in air, and to provide direction to the crew on treatment if no medical professional is present. Diverting a flight is big money, but so are lawsuits if you decide wrong...so I'm assuming there is some form of medical direction available.


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