Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Not the usual

Here is something you won't see everyday: Middle aged man found in bed not breathing, asystole for the entire forty minutes to the hospital, asystole for the first ten minutes in the ER, hey V fib let's shock!, asystole again for ten minutes, pronounce him dead after feeling no carotid or femoral pulse, asystole from two leads, everyone starts to leave the room...

Primary nurse goes, "wait a second, is his neck moving?" Feel the carotid, definitely a pulse, hold on...

Dood in asystole for over an hour suddenly decides to have not just electrical activity, but a matching - and fairly decent - pulse. I'd like to be the one to review that chart.

The worst part though is how after we drag this poor guy back from the Pearly Gates and hang the drips and vent him, we find out he is a DNR.

2 comments:

Joy said...

Well perhaps he'll be thankful! If God really wanted him, he'd be gone. What an amazing testimony!

shrtstormtrooper said...

Unfortunately, the second half of the story is that his family requested we stop active resuscitation so we turned off the ventilator and drips. His heart stopped 30 minutes later again.