The Experience Of Resuscitating A Person -

People who have administered CPR and helped resuscitate others; agree that the ultimate result is satisfying and is an achievement in itself.  Witnessing a person collapse and getting back on his/her two feet because of a rescuer’s sudden medical intervention and sound decision making, is surely an overwhelming experience.Many have shared their experiences in reviving people and giving them a second chance to life.

What is resuscitating? How it is associated with CPR?

Resuscitate is in association with giving CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Resuscitate means to revive an individual from unconsciousness or apparent death. Giving a CPR is also known as performing the ‘Good Samaritan Act’. Life is unpredictable. When you can suffer from a cardiac arrest or get a heart attack is unknown. It can happen at home, in the office, bus or even on the road. Someone’s life can be saved within a split second of decision making and implementation of a CPR. Very few bystanders go ahead and take the risk of resuscitating the concerning victim with a performance of CPR.

Physical and emotional experience involved in the process of resuscitating

The person suffering from a cardiac arrest is already under pain, experiencing a loss of breath and is in a vulnerable physical condition. But the individual who is trying to revive him/her is equally under pressure and trauma. Ask anyone who has resuscitated someone, and you will get only one answer – It is life altering!

Compressing a person’s chest, calls for physical pressure on the part of the ‘good Samaritan’ but it also involves emotional upheaval too. As per the new guideline for performing CPR, you need to start with the chest compression immediately when you witness a person is gasping for breath or is unresponsive. The old technique involved ABC sequence (Airway, breathing and circulation). However, the new sequence is CAB (Chest compression, airway and breathing). This new sequence immediately intervenes and helps in resuscitating the victim, without wasting a single moment!

Resuscitating results vary from patient to patient on the dependence of his/her chest wall

CPR performance varies from person to person and also on the part of the CPR performer. On the physical experience aspect, the execution and implementation of resuscitating sequence differs too. If a rescuer is giving CPR to a patient with a rigid chest wall, he or she will find it really difficult to follow-up the CAB sequence. The rescuer will require applying a significant amount of force for depressing the chest. Some require giving at least 25 compressions, for reviving or enabling the patient to get few breaths. It is a physically daunting task and the compression rate is mostly 100/minute!

Physical aspect

One has to push quite hard on the chest of the concerning individual, because quality compression will help the person revive faster and better. However, care must be taken when meting out the compressions. Many a times, too much force causes rib fractures and damage of the sternum. If such a situation occurs, do not stop the compression. Instead, continue giving compression, pushing harder and faster on the chest of the victim. At the end of the day, your goal is to resuscitate the person, which can happen only if you perform an effective CPR, without getting nervous on sudden developments (rib fractures or damage, which can heal after the person revives), will become achievable. Giving compression and reviving a person, with flexible chest wall is easy and quick.

Emotional feeling

Traumatic event and human response is filled with stress. It is normal and a temporary one. Same goes for events concerning the collapse of a person out of cardiac arrest. The symptoms starts within few minutes that of the event and disappears within few minutes after the person is resuscitated. Some of the signs that a person administering CPR show are:

–          Fast breathing

–          Sweating

–          Shaking or trembling

–          Nausea

–          Intense fear

–          Excitement

–          Worry

–          Anxiety

There is an evident presence of fear. The fear is of hurting the victim or patient or even performing CPR incorrectly. Well the reality causes development of such a fear. Breastbone and rib fractures frequently occur during compression of chest in an adult CPR. However, the complications are not critical. Furthermore, such injuries rarely occur when the CPR is being administered on toddlers and infants because of their pliable chest wall (mentioned above). If mistakes are made in the process of resuscitating a patient, there aren’t any chances of fatality. Those who aren’t made to revive stay dead.

Performing CPR emotionally affects different individuals in different ways, whether before the execution of CPR, during it or after the completion of the same. If you are a trained person, you don’t have to worry about these emotional aspects. This is because a professional will automatically perform CPR on the basis of his/her duty. Therefore, there will not be any room for fear, anxiety or nervousness, but only hope of successful revival!

Second Coming

Many rescuers might get the feeling of a sudden surge of urgency and inspiration to resuscitate the person who suffered a cardiac arrest. His/her premier focus would be solely on the person and thus, he/she ultimately continues with the CAB sequence of CPR, until the person is capable of breathing.Most rescuers feel tired both physically and emotionally, after achieving success with their CPR giving efforts. However, the feeling of self-doubt and fear soon got overshadowed with joy, hope and happiness!

When you are giving CPR, make sure to follow the guidelines and right sequence. It is highly vital to act sensibly and remain calm throughout the process. Accept your responsibility as a rescuer, as well as, your limitations. Just keep reminding yourself that this is a passing phase and everything will get back to normal!

If one is feeling dicey about the right guidelines and sequence of CPR, he/she should not attempt to do the resuscitating. Therefore, it is highly mandatory for everyone to understand, learn and get enough knowledge about CPR and its sequencing. You never know when it might come handy!


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    Annette Wensley
    June 18, 2016 18:41 Reply

    Interesting to read. I saved my dear friends life two weeks ago giving cpr..he is in hospital doing OK..I am very proud but upset all the time and needing to see him to nshe sure his eyes are still open. His blood family keeping me away now they think family visits are best
    Mike cannot deal with this as we are very close…I think I need to jeep talking to people who understand..but don’t know where to start.

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    Not stupid
    January 21, 2017 16:17 Reply

    This article is terrible. It completely trivializes the feelings a first responder can experience. Saying that the feelings will pass on a few days?! If you’re lucky! It also fails to mention that once a persons heart stops, there is only a 4% chance of revival. This is giving false hope, AND it’s going to make people feel as though they have failed when the person doesn’t miraculously get up and go on their way. I can’t believe this!! CPR is more about preventing brain death and preserving the organs than it is for revival. I knew that while I was doing CPR for my first time but it didn’t make me try any less at all. It did, however prevent me from feeling crippling guilt that the man still passed away. I hate this article. Nice sugar coated CPR fairytale. Fail.

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      February 02, 2018 04:07 Reply

      I totally agree with ‘Not Stupid’ this article minimizes the negative emotions that are inevitable after performing CPR (even if the person is brought back). Regardless of the outcome the responder has gone through a traumatic event which will likely stay with them forever. There needs to be resources made available to the responder and the understanding that it will take time for the intense emotional response to taper. I speak from experience; even though my patient was revived (now alive and well) it takes an emotional toll.

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        March 16, 2018 08:39 Reply

        I agree with you Jenny, I to still struggle with negative emotions after giving my wife CPR. She is now on her way to a full recovery but now I live in fear that it may happen again. Also the article states that healthcare provider are immune to the negative emotions of an attempted resuscitation, this is total BS. I am an RN and have participated in multiple resuscitation attempts and with each one it drains me physically and emotionally.

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