Life is a funny old thing, there are highs and there are lows, there is anger, there is love, there is loss and there is companionship but ultimately life ends and when it does we who love and do this job WILL FIGHT for your LIFE like its our own!
I have done this job for a number of years and to be perfectly honest when the job comes in Cardiac Arrest regardless of age, I feel sorrow because I know a lot of the time the outcome is statistically not good.
Now I am sure most people have seen the new British Heart Foundations ad showing Mr Jones (just in case he gets angry at me) doing a Wonderful job of chest compression only CPRÂ if not follow the link below…
Right now you have seen that I will let you into a secret. I like it because, the thought of giving someone mouth to mouth without protections fills me with dread. Thank God for Bag Valve Masks……
A lot of the Cardiac Arrests we do the person involved is in a bad way, the heart rhythm is not a shockable one and when it is we generally send it to asystole (flat line). However every now and then when we give some drugs and have a drug induced heart rhythm back generally till the drug wears off.
This week though the chain of survival which would be in the words of the service the “Gold Standard” really worked I am pleased to say we managed to save a life and not a drunk..
The job comes in Male fallen in Pub….. that is all I had now on the car I would generally get stood down from these as they never go to a high response but for some strange reason I set off rapidly. On route to the job I asked the brains if they had any more information (normally like getting blood out of a stone even if the stone does have a higher IQ).
Oh yes it’s a Male unconscious fallen. OH its gone to CARDIAC ARREST! Brilliant and when did you think that little morsel of information was going to be relevant to me “Brains”
When I arrived in the car all my gear out (which is not easy its kind of like Buckaroo) I waddle into the pub. I was amazed to see people still drinking as if nothing was happening, this was because I was met with the sight of a middle-aged man on the floor looking dead. His friend said he walked in felt unwell and collapsed, they had rung 999 straight away and the wonderful call taker had recognised the seriousness straight away and immediately invoked the CPR protocol.
Something else which I find a little annoying on Solo responding all my gear is single use so comes in lots of little packaging to keep sterile. This is no use to me when having to build a Bag Valve mask drag the oxygen out get the Hand suction unit (a breast pump would be better has more suction) build that get an airway out put the paddles on and eventually take over.
The friend carried on CPR with a little prompting from me as it was a little slow but followed suit brilliantly. The patient was in a rhythm I could shock brilliant, 1 shock later “bugger still in the same rhythm” so carried on the Basic Life Support and rechecked. YUP! still shockable,Â brilliant” so he had another bout of electric therapy and carried on rechecked “OH! flat line nevermind” carried on CPR then it happened……………… dum dum, dum dum, dum dum his heart starting beating.
I checked for a palpable pulse “YEAH” we had one. Then something else happened, he started breathing for himself… The crew arrived and we shot off to hospital. He is now sat up in hospital alive….
This people is thanks to the Bystander CPR I am sure. Thank you my friend………