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.

About ER Jedi

I’m a resident doctor in Emergency Medicine and I’ve learned during the past few years that 1) I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences 2) I have a very bad short-term memory. So this blog is just a place for me to write about some of these experiences, from the ER, medical school, the wards and life in general. At least that way I’ll have some idea as to where I’ve been all this time. A scrap-book of sorts, a place to vent, organize some clinical tools and post a few good songs I’ve heard along the way.

Posted on February 25, 2012, in Hilarity Ensues. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Glad the “patient” was NOT coding.
    Did the HHN receive a review on (1) how to give quality compressions but, (2) Only AFTER the “Annie Annie are you okay?/ Wakie wakie eggs and bacony!!” part most people try before compressions?
    Kind of depressing to image someone sleeping through FIFTEEN minutes of solid compressions. (Okay, realistically two minutes quality then thirteen declining quality, but I digress.)

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