Anyone had to do CPR?

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  1. anthonyferguson

    anthonyferguson SS.org Regular

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    I had to perform it on my mate's girlfriend last night. She stopped breathing and it was pretty fucking intense to say the least! She's ok now thank god, but it certainly gave us a fright! Have to say when I've imagined what it would be like in the past I thought I'd be sharting myself a hell of a lot more, but I was pretty calm the whole time till the ambulance arrived, it was strange.

    Anyone else done it before?
     
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    Christ, no... but it's awesome that you stepped up and took charge. May have saved her life. :hbang:

    Did you do breath + compression, or just compression? I've heard the breath is no longer totally necessary... but it's been a long time since I was certified/trained.
     
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    No, but you've reminded me that I really should refresh my first aid training. Thanks.
     
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    Yes...didn't work unfortunately...
     
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    Just compression, she had a pulse but I think it was to provoke the breathing again. Certainly worked, the woman on the end of the 999 call was really good and helped me through it all till the ambulance came.
     
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    Wow. Sorry to hear that man, that's awful.
     
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    Thanks...was unsettling to say the least. Glad everything worked out for you and your friend though!
     
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    Thanks dude, yeah me too.
     
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    I have, a few times. Mixture of just breath, just compressions and both (thankfully had a second pair of hands a couple times). Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.

    It definitely puts you in a strange state of mind while you're doing it. You know it has to be done, and my mind just shuts out the fact you HAVE to do it, or this person will die. Always hits me pretty hard afterwards.

    Good fucking job, Ant. Good. Fucking. Job.
     
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    Good for you guys standing up to the plate. That's a great thing.

    I've personally never had to do it, but the time(s) I could have, it would be far too late or DNR. :(
     
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    I had to do it to a dummy in high school gym class once. I was so sex-starved I slipped her the tongue.
     
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    Does over the phone count? If so yes, all the time. I should say, when I can get a caller to work with me and actually follow the directions.

    Good job in stepping up. I've had people refuse to do it to save their own child before.

    Yeah, the CPR protocols are changing, it's now(or soon will be) compressions only. Allegedly, it moves enough oxygen into and out of the lungs, and many people won't do ventilations on a stranger.
     
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    It's still necessary, it's just more important to do more compressions per breath than the original guidelines. It's still important to introduce oxygen into the bloodstream just less important than the additional compressions that are now recommended.


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    Wow that's incredible. So you work on the emergency telephones? Huge respect man
     
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    So was her pulse weak? For a weak pulse, especially a child, they'll usually recommend compressions, but I think with a weak pulse they'll generally recommend just rescue breaths. But if the 999 girl said compressions, I guess you do compressions!
    And yeah, they still recommend breaths, but they also know that most people are not going to give breaths on people they don't know, and its really the compressions that keep the brain alive until the paramedics can shock them.

    VERY cool of you to step in and help. You always hear those stories of people not helping because they figure someone else will. Which is counterintuitive, because one would think people would be virtually competing to help and be the hero.
     
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    Current standards:
    • 1-Person
      • 30:2 - Adult/child/infant
      • 100 Compressions/min - Adult/Child/Infant
    • 2-Person
      • 30:2 - Adult
      • 15:2 - Child/infant
      • 100 Compressions/min - Adult/Child/Infant

    Ray
     
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    That's not uncommon and that's a good state to be in. When somebody knows what they need to do and "Has a job to do" -- zero stress reaction. Then, when things calm down and they can relax, then the stress hits. That's why "tough realistic training" is soooo important. I'd be more worried if you were numb/unfazed after you handed-off the patient.

    It's not easy. My SIL had to do do CPR on her Dad for about 20 mins. The times I've been a first responder, it's always been traumatic stress reactions, otherwise I've been on the Evac/Patient-Movement side.

    Ray
     
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    GOOD JOB OP....


    I`m and ExLEO & EMT,nuff said...
     
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    Breaths + compressions is what's recommended, but just compressions is better than nothing at all. At least that's what it was when I got my certification in August, 2012. Good for you, taking charge like that. In an emergency situation, so many people do nothing at all. I'm sure your buddy's girlfriend appreciates it.
     
  20. FireInside

    FireInside .Buried.Breathing.

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    I have several times. It can be exhausting and unfortunately most of the time they die. Good job stepping up though!
     

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