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Used CPR on my neighbors toddler today... it wasn't enough... warning, graphic..

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canoehead has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a RN ER.

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That is beyond terrifying. Thank goodness the autopilot kicked in before anything else. You will never forget this, but it was decided before you arrived. You did the best anyone could.

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OrganizedChaos has 10 years experience and works as a LVN.

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No words, just lots & lots of *hugs*

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Esme12 works as a emergency ,critical care,cath lab,open heart,traum.

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OMG! How horrible. I am so sorry....((HUGS)).

Things like this are so difficult. You did an excellent job. I am an ER nurse as well as an ICU nurse and it just isn't the same outside the hospital. You did everything you could and you did it well. The outcome, if poor, has nothing to do with you....if he makes it at all...you gave him the chance.

Sending prayers for you and the family.

((HUGS))

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CrunchRN has 25 years experience as a ADN and works as a Nurse.

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It will be a comfort to the parents that they saw you do everything you could do. Just a terrible situation. Hugs.

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Lauraingalls works as a Labor nurse.

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no words. Just offering a hug.

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So, so sorry! There is nothing I can say that hasn't been said so I'll just send prayers to you and that poor family.

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NicuGal has 30 years experience and works as a once a manager, now a staff nurse, preceptor, educ.

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Oh honey, you did the best you could. Kids sometimes surprise us, I've seen it in the PICU and I hope this child is one of the ones. Please, talk to someone thru your EAP at work if you need to, it really helps ❤

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audreysmagic has 15 years experience as a RN.

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Please don't hesitate to talk this over with someone in RL, too. This is going to stick with you, and you need to protect your own mental health as well. CPR on kids is always a nightmare. I still remember vividly my own experiences with it. You did the best you could, and I'm so sorry this happened - but I'm glad you were there for that family. Hang on to that, no matter which way it goes. With the little one's presentation, this happened way before you could intervene. But families often do tend to hang on to remembering the ones who reached out to help, if you were friendly beforehand.

After a CPR session on a toddler I'd been doing homecare for, the ER peds doc pulled me aside to tell me I'd done everything I could and I'd done everything right. Even though he hadn't been there on the scene, that moment of kindness really stuck with me in the aftermath. Hopefully we can give you a bit of that. I genuinely believe you did everything right and everything you could - you're obviously a very capable and caring nurse to be so concerned.

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Here.I.Stand has 16 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a RN.

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(((((NursingInChaos))))) I'm so sorry. It sounds like the child was already gone, but I know exactly what you mean when you say you keep hearing those cries. Please be kind to yourself, and consider talking to someone about it. How horrible.

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BSNbeDONE works as a Registered Nurse.

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He has a pulse and is on the vent. If nothing else, NursinginChaos, you gave that child a few more hours than he would have had, had you not been there.

Your husband has faith and confidence in your abilities; that's why he ran in and woke you up. You were where you needed to be, doing what you needed to do, at the very moment that it was meant for you to do it. Chin up for a job well-done.

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RNNPICU has 13 years experience.

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Anytime you have to do CPR outside of the confines of the hospital it is always hard. Hugs to you. You gave the poor kid a chance. The drownings are always tough with kids. Once your autopilot slows down and the days go by, please talk to someone about it, especially if you are feeling down, or having a hard time. Nurses are people too, especially outside of work. Just thinking of you.

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kalycat works as a RN.

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I'm so, so sorry you went through this. I can tell you that I've seen kids in PICU come back from cold water drownings, even in dirty water (a collection tank comes to mind). Every case is different, obviously... but you did everything you possibly could and you did it well. Get support from family, friends and EAP if needed. I'm sending you peaceful thoughts and wishing you and the kiddo's family the best.

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