Clinical placements

Talk about resuscitation - it’s crucial to patient-centred care

While working with a critical care outreach team, nursing student Cara Large helped perform CPR on an older patient later deemed not for resuscitation, prompting her to wonder why the decision had not been taken earlier

While working with a critical care outreach team, nursing student Cara Large helped perform CPR on an older patient later deemed not for resuscitation, prompting her to wonder why the decision had not been taken earlier

During my final clinical placement with a critical care outreach team, we responded to a cardiac arrest call for a woman in her eighties who had been admitted to hospital with community-acquired pneumonia.

This was the first time I had participated in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and after an extended attempt the patient was successfully resuscitated with the aid of adrenaline and intubation.

However, when the intensive care (ITU) consultant arrived and discussed the patient’s condition with the team, it was decided that she was not a candidate for an ITU bed. They decided that another resuscitation attempt would not be in the patient’s

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