Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Good first aid advice

4 comments:

JamesSteeleII said...

Haha. Had to do an Immediate Life Support course before xmas including automated de-fibrillation. CPR would have been more fun with Vinnie though.

SteveRN said...

Awesome!! As a nurse in an ICU, I have to take Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support classes every two years. The last time I re-certified, we were told that if you collapse, you have a better chance of survival if you do it outside the hospital. It seems we healthcare providers spend to much time stopping compressions to check and see if we have a pulse, look at monitors, place access lines, etc. Civilians just do what they know, push hard and fast, which is what matters, we have to much info and resources available and it distracts us. I just found that interesting. And I can tell you, two minutes rounds of CPR is quite the work out!

SueC said...

Great video! One of the reasons CPR can be more successful out on the street rather than in hospital is because patients who have cardiac arrests in hospital tend to have complicated pathologies - they are really sick, that's why there're on ICU or CCU, whereas, people who have cardiac arrests in the street have often just had a sudden arrhythmia or have comparatively milder pathology (that's why they are still walking around the streets). Stands to reason that they would be easier to resuscitate.

SteveRN said...

That is true, but this study supposedly took that into account. And the thinking back on past codes, and paying more attention in the next code I was in (while still making sure to push hard,deep,and fast!) we so stop compressions more often and for longer than we should. And the compressions are the most important part.