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Leading on a cardiac arrest made me confident in giving CPR

Aiding a woman after a heart attack made a student more confident in handling emergencies and giving CPR

Aiding a woman after a heart attack made a student more confident in handling emergencies and giving CPR

Three weeks into my first year of nurse training I led the resuscitation attempt on a woman having an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

It was October 2016, and I was at a bingo hall with my mother and late grandmother when the woman, who was in her fifties, collapsed.

By the time I reached her a crowd had gathered around her and she had been put in the recovery position. But I noticed she was showing signs of cyanosis.

DR ABC

At university that day we had received basic life support (BLS) training. Remembering the first aid mnemonic DR ABC – danger, response, airway, breathing and circulation –

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