Performing CPR can save someone’s life. It can also cause you trauma.


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  1. Michael Miller

    I remember including my experiences of the realities of when you actually do cpr for the first when I taught the course.

    It was well received from the candidates.

    It would be nice to see heart and stroke beef up what is taught in their programs so people are aware and can take care of themselves after such a life altering experience such as performing CPR.

    This is one of the reasons why I have enjoyed my work with and encouraged my instructor to get involved with Odyssey medical. As it not only gives them hands on experiences, it also opens up a whole new world of opportunities to learn, cross train and share their expertise.

  2. Chris

    I believe that there should be more serpport for servilions such as myself after the traumatic event of performing CPR in my case on my father. Wich thankfully had a happy ending. But even so this did not tack away the trauma that I was subjected to that day.I felt totally overlooked and as a 19 year old was experiencing symptoms of PTSD. but in sumerie I’m not tacking anything away from the emergency services they altimatly saved my dad’s life. Wich I don’t tack for granted. I just felt the opertunity to express my opinion on the aftercare of the people how have had to experience this first hand because it is traumatic.

  3. Maryanne

    I would like to recertify but it is expired The cost is 100.00 which is too costly.

    • Katie

      I have been an Registered nurse for just 2 years and I am currently working on a medical and oncology ward. Two nights ago on night duty I went into a patients room at 0530am to follow up on his low blood sugar of 3.9mmol that I had given glycogell and juice for half HR prior. The pt was only 61yo and was facing multiple tests for ? New lymphoma. When I entered the room his head and shoulders were hanging off the bed, he was a large man of 105kgs, I rolled him back on to the bed, he was blue, unresponsive and not breathing. I pressed the code button, checked airway and started CPR whilst waiting for the ICU team. The pt ended up being revived intubated and went to ICU. I was extremely shaky and had to make the difficult phone call to the family. Prior to this I had hurt a muscle in my back exercising the day before and after the adrenaline wore off my back was in spasm. When the morning staff came on I was trying to hold myself together, I was worried about all the tasks that I didn’t get completed and kept wondering if I could have prevented this by checking on him sooner. The pt ended up passing away 26 hrs later when his life support was turned off with his family by his side. He had suffered a cardiac arrest and then a stroke in ICU. As soon as the first morning staff arrived I felt like I was going to vomit, then I was holding back the tears. When I made it too my car with my crook back I burst into tears, although all the team was very supportive and telling me what a great job I had done and that I should be proud I felt I’ll, I felt I failed my pt and I kept seeing the look on his face when I rolled him over. He was dead! I remember every compression and felt every rib I broke with the compressions. It’s been a rough 48hrs with back pain and emotional turmoil, however I am finally feeling a little bit proud that I fought hard for my pt and gave his family a chance to have a proper goodbye. I still keep seeing his face. Hopefully it will ease over the coming days. One good thing was that all that CPR training just fell into place when I need it.

  4. Martin Kwakernaak

    In 2014 I was on a holyday with my family, my father (68) became difficalties with breathing and collapsed, I did cpr like a maschine, no emotions…nothing, 10 minutes later he was taken to the hospital but because of the fluid in his longs he suffered brain damage and was in a coma and layed on the maschines for a week till we got the call he passed away, that was all in holiday. Returing home was bad but the backflash came after the burial, and till this day I feel over emotional, guilt and worthless….although I know I couldn’t helped him to survive, I still feel like this and it won’t go away.

  5. Angela

    I’m reading this article right now because I have ptsd from coming home from work to my girlfriend’s suicide. I performed CPR on her until the paramedics and police got there. CPR courses don’t teach you how it really is. And the self blame when it doesn’t work. I’m a medical assistant and my CPR recert is coming up. I struggle with PTSD to this day and it’s been a year since my loss and it’s forever stuck in my head. I am not looking forward to CPR class at all.

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