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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, May 11, 2020

The calls for patients in cardiac arrest came in one after another. A 39-year-old man, followed by a 65-year-old, whose neighbor called 911 after getting no response when he rang the doorbell. Then a 52-year-old woman's heart stopped, as did that of a 90-year-old, who had collapsed on her bedroom floor. The ambulances turned on their sirens and screamed through red lights. But what the paramedics did after rushing to the victims -- or more precisely, what they did not do -- is a window into how a deadly virus has reshaped emergency medicine.

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FTA: He would have done this even though studies have found that only about 1 to 3 percent of people found in her condition can be resuscitated.

Unfortunately, because of those long odds, many emergency service organizations had already been forgoing CPR before the COVID crisis. I say this, even as my wife once beat those odds.. Even when patients can be resuscitated, they are also likely to have serious medical issues and little quality of life for the rest of their lives. So the philosophy of not doing CPR, especially now that it presents quite a level of personal risk, is often understandable.

#1 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-05-11 12:45 PM | Reply

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I get CPR certified every year at my job. This year, and maybe last year IIRC the instructor talked about how if you have reservations about giving a person mouth to mouth (and they give us our own masks so there doesn't need to be skin to skin contact), the "P" part of "CPR" you should feel free not to do it if those reservations would otherwise make you choose not to help when the opportunity exists. They tell us that the chest compressions are the more important of the two and can still save a life if done alone.

#2 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-05-11 02:19 PM | Reply

Let em' die. "That's the way you do it. They should learn to play the guitar on the MTV, get their money for nothing and their checks for free. That ain't workin';look at that, look at that, that little ------ got his own jet airplane,that little ------ he's a millionaire".
If they don't want to work they should stay home. They know what they signed up for.

#3 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-05-11 02:26 PM | Reply

I go through LE oriented emergency first aid recertification every two years. It's been at least five or six years since they told us to no longer do rescue breathing and instead focus strictly on chest compressions.

#4 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-05-11 04:09 PM | Reply

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I've saved people by doing CPR twice. Once it was my own wife. The odds remain the same.

#5 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-05-11 09:07 PM | Reply

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