After 6 years of nursing in hospice/LTC/skilled nursing today was my first code blue and I was the first responder. All I had was my young med nurse with 1yr doctor's office experience, and an OTA who originally left the patient alone on the toilet mid-seizure to discretely ask me to come to the room.
So the patient could have had a vagal response possibly, he has hypotension at times and was on the commode, unconscious. But he had his arms/hands drawn up and had been shaking like a seizure. At this point he was flaccid and drooling. He didn't come back around for several seconds* even with painful stimuli. Then he just stopped breathing, for about 20 seconds. His heart was steady at 84bpm apically. I knew he was a full code and didn't have a history of anything like this.
But I didn't know where to begin, at what point do you give up on them coming back around? You start rescue breathing right away? I don't think there was any way for me to get him on the ground, in that tiny bathroom this 240lb dead-weight, and what if he started shaking again mid-transfer and we dropped him, or hit his head? So can you do rescue breaths sitting up?
Just then he suddenly started gasping for air like I've never seen before, I'm surprised i didn't scream because it shared the crap out of me, and I was in his face! He started spewing snot and drool everywhere, I had to help him clear it so he could breath. Now all I can think of is what if I had been doing rescue breaths when THAT happened? Holy cow!
So PLEASE: what would you do, so I can do better next time?? I know it worked out but I feel like I should have started rescue breaths or been calling out important sounding directives or something to save his life...?? I did have the med nurse summon the aids while she called the supervisor who got on the phone with the doctor, so don't assume I tried to handle this ALL alone but I'm talking about before anyone else could get there... Thanks in advance!!
*seconds not minutes - oops!