Had first code last night

  1. Had my first code last night. Pt was perfectly okay the night before last and last night (COPD Exac). Lungs were decreased with some wheeze and sats had been fine all night. Then all of a sudden he called me and started complaining of SOB and yelling down the hall. Went to check on the pt. I thought he was having a panic attack or something because it was so sudden. Sats were 44%! Good thing respiratory was in the room with me because he started going BLUE IN THE FACE. Hit the code blue button and tried to lay him down. All went on from there. Pt survived and made it to the ICU. We still can't figure out what the heck happened though?? The doctors didn't even know.

    I thought that I would have a breakdown during my first code but I was okay. Just stepped to the side and let everyone do their thing. I felt so bad for the pt but was grateful to have the experience.
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  3. by   WalkieTalkie
    Pulmonary embolism maybe?
  4. by   NewRN2008
    Kudo's on getting thru! good job even though your not 100% on whats up
  5. by   ANH_RN
    Quote from c0ntagion
    Pulmonary embolism maybe?
    His INR was over 5. He had chronic a fib, with hx of filter placement. Docs didn't think it was a PE... very puzzling?
  6. by   ANH_RN
    Quote from NewRN2008
    Kudo's on getting thru! good job even though your not 100% on whats up
    Thanks! Did not think that's how it would go. I'm glad that I was able to answer all of the docs questions. Definitely a learning experience.

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