Friday, February 24, 2012

CPR works. Sometimes.

We got called to a code blue in interventional radiology. So basically they injected this awesome old lady with some dye and she fully coded. There was also some fentanyl involved. Of course a billion of us (ok maybe 5 RTs) responded to the code. We were fully in control of the situation while the Dr's were arguing about what to do. We set up for intubation, were doing CPR, bagging, doing an ABG - you know everything that usually goes on at codes. On the second round of CPR suddenly the lady's eyes shot WIDE open. She started breathing. We removed the mask from her mouth. And then she started screaming at the top of her lungs. Shrieking actually. It was terrifying and the most awesome code I have ever been to.

Then the resident running the code pumped her full of normal saline and fully overloaded her heart. We took her to the ICU where she completely failed the task of breathing and we intubated her at that time.

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