Freak tragedy - School nurse dies after performing CPR on coach - page 3

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  1. by   Vito Andolini
    Quote from Diploma'82
    That's how I would want to go, save a life then go!
    I'd prefer to die peacefully in my sleep. Or suddenly without knowing it was coming.
  2. by   Vito Andolini
    Quote from Aneroo
    Bless her family. I'm happy the first person down has survived. I wonder if an AED was available? If so, it could have decreased caregiver strain and prevented the other loss.
    There's no way to know with certainty that it would have prevented Ms. Bowden's death.
  3. by   nocalmomo
    I knew Eileen , as she lived in my home town. Nursing IS a sister(&brother)hood. I am not surprised that this wonderful person died doing service to others. She was that kind of nurse. She will be very much missed, in our community, & in the greater nursing community @ large.
  4. by   qaqueen
    Blessings to her young daughter. It may be difficult for her to understand now, but someday she will say 'my mom was a hero'. No less a hero than our soldiers and firefighters.

    Blessed Be
  5. by   nursemarion
    A reminder that our jobs always carry risk to our own health and lives, even if we never get credit for it. How many nurses have been injured as a result of the job? How many have died? These are unsung heroes and I salute all of them and all of you my fellow nurses as nurses week arrives.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to this poor nurse's family.
  6. by   MAISY, RN-ER
    How fortunate for the coach that this amazing woman was onsite to assist in saving his life. CPR works so infrequently and for it to save one only to lose another is both amazing and sad.

    No doubt there is a special place reserved for her and I am sure she has marked the lives of those around her with her deeds both past and present. God bless her family and help them cope during this time.

    M
  7. by   rjflyn
    Sounds like she died rather quickly, most likely from a cardiac event not the fall. The fall was most likely a symptom of what happened. I know for one I cant do CPR now like I could when I was 25. I can only go for a couple min and I need a break.
  8. by   pattyrn376
    In 1994 my mom was in the same situation as her, The person she was trying to save was a 92 yr old man that did not survive, while mom was trying to do cpr on him after about 10 minutes she went down in cardio-pulmonary arrest, They said she went into status asthmaticus. They were able to bring her back but she had severe hypoxia and her level of function was that of a 5 yr old, she continued to detiorate until 2005 when she died at 66 with viturally no level of function. The issue may be respiratory, mom never smoked and avoided dusty moldy places and was never formally dx as asthma until then. Apparently breathing for 2 is too much for some, you dont find out until it is too late
  9. by   Safe_Passage
    my heart goes to the family she left behind...
  10. by   MassED
    Quote from DIC Harwould
    With their job done, Bowden backed up, allowing the emergency responders to take over. As Bowden stood off to the side, Malae saw her fall.


    "It was like in slow motion," Malae said. "She fell forward. There was nothing there to break her fall."


    He saw her head hit concrete.


    "I ran over to her and called another Code 3 request for fire," Malae said. "She was bleeding and in and out of consciousness."






    Is it possible that performing CPR could lead someone to exhaustion so much so that he/she loses balance and falls down....in this instance to the ground on her head which possibly led to an epidural hematoma that possibly caused her demise?






    Taken from: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/824029-overview

    1) Patients with posterior fossa EDH may have a dramatic delayed deterioration. The patient can be conscious and talking and a minute later apneic, comatose, and minutes from death.


    2) Following injury, the patient may or may not lose consciousness. If he or she becomes unconscious, the patient may awaken or remain unconscious.
    well that would be difficult to determine, was she syncopal, then fell, struck her head, thereby creating a subdural/epidural hematoma? which could've led to her death.... or her heart gave out, massive MI. That would be difficult to determine. I haven't read much since the original story aired, have they found a cause? Any cardiac disease?
  11. by   MassED
    Quote from arelle68
    Did she faint from exhaustion and emotion, and die from hitting her head, or did she collapse with a massive MI? Does anyone know?
    that's what I just posted too. What came first.
  12. by   SCprincess08
    WOW. My blessing goes out to her and her family.
  13. by   Skeletor
    Quote from MassED
    well that would be difficult to determine, was she syncopal, then fell, struck her head, thereby creating a subdural/epidural hematoma? which could've led to her death.... or her heart gave out, massive MI. That would be difficult to determine. I haven't read much since the original story aired, have they found a cause? Any cardiac disease?
    I'm just throwing ideas out there. . .

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