Thursday, October 30, 2008

Recovering from sudden death

Recently I've been involved in the care of two patients who were in the hospital after dropping dead. Literally.

In each case there was somebody on the scene who started CPR almost immediately. They were taken to the intensive care unit, treated with a cooling protocol, and are now able to look forward to resuming their lives with intact personalities and nearly intact physical functioning. And although they received interventions that didn't even exist all that many years ago, the reason that both of them are now able to spend time with their families is that when they hit the floor someone was able to start chest compressions.

During morning rounds on one of them it was mentioned that the patient was somewhat confused and emotional. The attending physician commented "that's okay, it's expected; she's still recovering from her sudden death."

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At October 31, 2008 at 7:00 AM , Anonymous scott j. said...

You left out the most important part: screaming "Live, damn you, live!!", and a single fist to the general chest area.

They don't teach you that in CPR classes - you have to learn it on the mean streets.

 
At October 31, 2008 at 9:04 AM , Blogger Madame Leiderhosen said...

Oh good. Ben's back.

Okay, I am going to go sign up for that CPR class right now. Thanks for the reminder.

Apparently the tempo to think about to get the compressions right is "Stayin' Alive" or "Another One Bites the Dust". hm...

 
At October 31, 2008 at 1:43 PM , Blogger Tom said...

Or "You shook me all night long"

 

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