RavenDarkholme084 t1_j35z81v wrote

A lot of family members at the hospital are also shocked when I tell them doing CPR involves breaking the ribs but after I explain to them that the whole point of cpr is to pump blood through, and our heart is like a sponge and we need to get to that sponge to squeeze , reabsorb more blood, and squeeze again, just to move things through, they finally get it.


RavenDarkholme084 t1_j35z05i wrote

The fact that they started cpr really fast and got him the medical help really quick helped a ton.

What I don’t understand is why they proned him. The only reason to prone people is if they are having issues staying oxygenated (even with the ventilator on the max amount of support settings they can do). Unless there is new evidence showing that proning somehow has positive outcomes in after the heart stops/has an arrhythmia? I haven’t heard about this yet unless we are behind on research. That is for the doctors to deal with. I just know we don’t normally prone unless they see a reason to. Some people may not even be stable enough to prone. It’s wild. Some you barely touch and their oxygen plummets. Those don’t generally make it though


RavenDarkholme084 t1_j33nk0w wrote

Facts^^^ I work in the icu and people who usually have a heart attack out in the field have such low chance of coming out of it intact. I’ve seen it so many times where they end up in our icu and yes they resuscitate them on the way but it’s too late… as an, there has been extensive brain damage due to not getting blood flow to the brain

That is why high quality cpr as soon as the heart stops and early defibrillation (if it’s a shockable rhythm) is important. The whole goal of cpr is to move blood that has oxygen to all the tissues (brain is the most important one). Kidneys may fail and have an acute injury but can make a relatively good recovery. Not the brain though. It’s good all was done within a timely manner