Fate Makers….


    “A real code, and real CPR is nothing like television or movies would have you believe. Its not a sexy doctor dramatically pounding his fist against a patients chest and yelling “Live Goddam it!” while a monotone flatline sounds from a monitor in the background and nurses somehow weep and swoon simultaneously. A real code is actually far worse; it is a violent, cold a cruel scene. Chest compressions have to be deep, hard and fast. All sex jokes aside, it is a physically demanding action usually resulting in broken ribs and internal organ damage. Large bore IV access is a necessity for the massive doses of epinephrine, lidocaine, and other potentially toxic medications that ironically if they weren’t capable of restarting a heart, they would surely stop it.

    Successful resuscitation is not commonplace. What typically happens is a temporary restoration of vital signs that last hours, maybe days at best. In elderly or seriously ill patients, we often wonder if it is worth causing all the physical trauma a code entails. But if a person can be saved, and wants to be saved, who are we to decide their fate?” -Kelsey David Burnham Slow Code.


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11 thoughts on “Fate Makers….

  1. love your candid explanation here

  2. Very Informative Entry-THANK YOU!

  3. So true. Even just the CPR course on the fake dummy chests are hard! I can’t imagine on a real person!

  4. Interesting – I work for a charity who deals with inherited heart conditions and sudden death, and the success rate of CPR and even defibrillation on people under 35 is shockingly low… it shouldn’t be surprising it’s hard to bring someone back to life.

  5. In CPR classes I have been taught (in general), “If you aren’t breaking a rib, you aren’t doing it right.”

  6. Gosh I’ll never look at those T.V shows the same now! Lol
    What you painted is a picture that I suppose we don’t want to think about. But one that is very real and happening somewhere around the world all the time. I for one appreciate your honesty, great post. Hugs Paula x

  7. As a professional rescuer this is so true and if you go in thinking it is going to be like what you see on t.v. you are in for a world of disappointment. Moreover, it is a grueling process that will make you sore and sweaty if you are doing it correctly! There is no being pretty while doing CPR. I love your blunt view into our world, thank you! More people need to know that it is not usually the snipped scenes or the happy endings (no pun intended) they hoped for on t.v.

  8. I saw my first cadiac arrest the other day. As a student, the Nurse in charge wanted me to get involved but I was too shocked and scared to help, I stood back and watched then cried when I got home. But now I feel like I will have the confidence to assist if it ever happens again

  9. Well written.if only people could have empathy on reality,, will definitely refer to this when I teach a fresh CPR class -Paramedic,PA student

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