Okay, here's a long one, sorry in advance.
Neighbor pounded on the door "I think (bebe) is dead. I run over, sure as s****, warm, not cyanotic except for lips, I start one person CPR without protection., Surrounded by elderly folk, have 'em call 911.
Now, understand, I'm an ICU RN. I have monitors, Iv's crash cart, respritory therapy, peers for back up..... now I'm alone.
Have neighbor call 911, this village idiot demands to speak to me.... hell I'm the only one rescustating!!!!!, I shout into the phone, get an ACLS ambulance and other words, I can't type here.
Well 911 operator thought I was the village idiot and sent the fire company!!! I identified myself as an ICU RN, was in my 16TH CYCLE, ALONE!!!!! They threw supplies at me, no IV's, no meds, just a (store defribrillator), well, she was in asystole... didn't help.
The fire company called a ACLS ambulance, god love them, cycle 18, they showed up.
saying "continue CPR".... well one man CPR, come cycle 18 is useless, I was exhausted, I even had to plead for them pararamedics to hold her head..... while I provided resue breaths
long story short.... DOA.
SHould she had survived, I would not want anything to do with this. I walked home next door and threw up from exhaustion.
THe fire company and ems were worthless pieces of crap, DId the best I could, but felt I could have saved her, "if only.......''
So While I don't have a success story for you, I know that every patient I see in the ICU that went down at home, and still has brain function is a pure miracle.
And I am a very strong advocate for all nurses to cary protective devices, I chose to put myself at risk, in hopes of saving this woman, but how many of us will make the same choices, and how many will be prepared?
Don't want the fame, just wish to be forgotten, when the next one goes down.