Cpr - page 2

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  1. by   CATHYW
    That's life in the ER! As a volunteer firefighter/First Responder, I have done it in all kinds of places for LONG periods of time, and in the back of an ambulance whizzing through curvy mountain roads.

    I'm not sure I understand the distinction between CPR, the AED, and fracturing ribs!?! The only time I ever fractured ribs was on a thin, elderly woman who probably was osteoporotic. I, too, am a CPR instructor. I think hand placement, and keeping all but the heel of your hands off the patient's chest has everything to do with fx ribs or not. Of course, if it is a trauma code, the ribs may already be fx.
  2. by   4XNURSE

    Have no idea how many times. Few have been successful, but the ones that are make the others worth it!

  3. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Since I worked Skilled Nursing and Nursing Homes for the first 2 years of my nursing life, it was a year and a half before I ever even saw a CODE. They were both on little old people that had no quality of life anyway. They weren't successful. Since I have ha d a little more experience, floating to ER's and ICU's and the like, I have participated in, and performed CPR in appx 5 CODES in the four years that I have been in nursing.
  4. by   prmenrs
    I just did it last week on a little premie--had to break their ribs as their bones still have a lot of cartilage in them and are mostly very flexible. Yes, we were successful--baby just got carried away doing his apnea of prematurity thing--I think he was pi**ed because we had moved him to be w/his twin; at least we hadn't co-bedded them yet.
    Just a gentle 2 finger version of CPR suits me just fine!!
  5. by   CATHYW
    Wow! Way to go PRMENRS! Ya'll did GOOD! (-:
  6. by   prmenrs
    THAT'S "H A R D" TO BREAK THEIR RIBS, NOT "HAD" AS I HAD WRITTEN!! :imbar, very :imbar :uhoh21:

    What can I say? It was a loonnggg 12 hr shift yesterday!!
    I've only been a nurse for about 4 years, but I've never once had to do CPR.

    Of course, I probably just jinxed myself

  8. by   CATHYW
    Fer shure, Heather, fer shure!