In my time working as a Registered Nurse I haver been in many critical situations before, ranging from working in Intensive Care to attending Code blues on the ward. Tonight was the first time I was the person to initially respond to someone having a medical emergency.
Walking by the heart monitors on a Cardiac ward I notice one patients heart rhythm flashing. A quick glance tells me its VF, a rhythm that means cardiac arrest. I run to the patients bed side just in time to watch him fall to the ground. He wheezes out something that sounds like ‘help’ and slumps to the ground. HELP IN BED 4 I yell as I drop to his side. the room quickly fills with nurses running in different directions, colliding with one another trying to get everything we need. A code blue is called, the doctor on the ward starts chest compressions while we ready for the emergency response team. I’m yelling orders at people I cant even remember. The crash cart arrives and we ready to shock him, soon after he becomes responsive but we aren’t finished yet. The next thing I remember I’m running down 10 flights of stairs to the ICU with a blood sample needing analysis. My veins burn as the adrenalin rips through my body. Every action I take is accentuated, heightened by my bodys influx of energy.
Im suddenly back in the room with the results, the patient semi conscious, we lift him onto the bed and he is off to intensive care.
And I will blare Sigur Rós and drink tea until I feel alright again