This elderly woman came in by ambulance and the paramedics stopped by the desk to give us a quick report. The home health nurse had called the patient just to check up on her, but while they were talking, the nurse thought that the patients speech was sounding slurred, so out of concern for a stroke, she drove over to the patients house. When she arrived, she found the patient unresponsive, so started to perform chest compressions, after calling 911 to report a code blue.
What had actually happened, is that the nurse called the patient while she was brushing her teeth, getting ready for bed. The reason her speech sounded slurred was because she had a toothbrush in her mouth. When the nurse arrive, the patient was actually sound asleep in bed. Assuming the patient was dead, not in fact asleep, the nurse started to perform chest compressions…. for 15 minutes… before the ambulance arrived. When the paramedics arrived and started to manipulate and poke and prod the patient, she quickly “recovered” to her normal and full state of health. Another life saved.