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Has anyone had to do CPR outside of hospital?

I was recently the most experienced "medical person" in a cardiac arrest. I'm an Fy1 on acute medicine and although competent at CPR and well practiced as part of the crash team I felt completely overwhelmed by the experience and the pressure of the responsibility my job title awarded. It took LAS 15 minutes to get to us during which time we intermittently shocked (VF) and performed CPR. I kept praying for the medical registrar.

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  • Hi Natalie : sounds as if you did an excellent job and did all the right things. I recently retired as a GP and for the last 22 years worked with the Ambulance Service as a Basics Dr and therefore as a first responder. During that time I attended countless arrests in the home, at RTC's, in public areas - streets, pavements, pubs, shops and even in caravans and mobile homes. Even with all the kit you could want to have with you it's still a daunting prospect and you feel very alone. Having effective bystander help was always great and on occasions there were passing paramedics and nurses too. But I have to say that in my 22 years I only had 2 successes where they survived to leave hospital. One lived another 10 years and the other is still alive after 15-20 years. But well done for what you did!