Quote from PinkAurora
This is going to sound really silly as I've had CPR classes twice now! But I honest to goodness would freak out if one of my patients coded one day. I'm a PCA and I *know* it is bound to happen sometime and possibly during clinicals as well. I just wouldn't really know what to do first I guess.
For instance, what if your patient fell in the bathroom and they code...what do you do first? Get on top of them and start doing chest compressions? Or do you run out in the hallway, grab the resuscitation mask and then go? Do you do it without a resuscitation mask if no one comes? (I know that one's a little desperate as everyone's gonna come running during a code) Do I get off once more experienced personnel come along? I feel like I'd freak out and just be in someone's way, but I REALLY want to know what to do should the emergency arise.
When you see a patient who appears to be unresponsive, the first thing you need to do is, establish unresponsiveness. Gently shake the victim and ask, "Are you o.k.? Can you hear me?" If they do not respond, call for help and then remember A-B-C. Check airway and breathing by jaw thrust. Breathe twice. Then check a pulse. If no pulse, start chest compressions.
It is just like you learned in CPR.
If you have a mask readily available get it and shout for help. When the personnel come, you may be asked to step aside and you may be asked to continue.
You must establish unresponsiveness before you act, because you do not want to do CPR on a patient who just happened to fall asleep on the floor.