Tag Archives: cardiac Arrests

Death in the ICU

Our primary job is saving lives, but we are also here to provide hope and comfort, and to be present to act in time of need. Showing a family that help was there, that everything possible was done, and then giving them time to gather and say goodbye to a loved one is something to be proud of. It is hard to measure its worth.

Thoughts on CPR, Compressions, ETCO2 and Codes

I came back from a week off the other day and was greeted with a cardiac arrest on my first call and then another arrest the next day. Both codes were asystole, although we managed to get pulses back briefly on the second one. I had my preceptee with me on both calls. He got […]

Compression Only CPR

Many of you may have seen the recent news story about bystander CPR without mouth to mouth. Here’s the link: Web MD Article NY Times(AP): Without Mouth to Mouth CPR Still Works And here’s the study abstract: The Lancet 2007; 369:920-926 Cardiopulmonary resuscitation by bystanders with chest compression only (SOS-KANTO): an observational study BackgroundMouth-to-mouth ventilation […]