While performing CPR on a patient for the third time in the four hours that the patient was waiting in the ED for an ICU bed, a family member shows up. The family member was invited into the room to watch us perform CPR on his grandmother.
A nursing supervisor asked him whether or not the patient would have wanted to be resuscitated and remain on a ventilator.
The grandson’s response:
“She was into even numbers. If her heart stops beating again, then you can stop because that will be the fourth time that it happened today and four is a powerful number because it is even and it is the total of two even numbers multiplied together AND it is the total of two even numbers added together.”
Several staff members just looked at each other with blank stares.
Oddly enough, grandma passed away on our third resuscitation attempt.
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