In the eighth part of our series, Neil Goldsack, Richard Marshall, Hugh Montgomery, and David Howell instruct you how to deal with patients who have had a cardiac arrest
Picture the scene. You have just spent five or six years in medical school, and now you are about to begin your first day as a doctor. You stand there proud, in your new white coat, BNF tucked handily in the pocket, stethoscope hung nonchalantly around your neck, and bleep at the ready. Suddenly and without warning, that first fateful bleep goes off: “Cardiac arrest-- ward 16 !” What do you do?
A number of thoughts cross your mind. “I mustn't run, or I'll get there before the registrar, and they will expect me to know what to do”; “Walk slowly, then the anaesthetist will pass me in the corridor”; or “I'll walk in the other direction.” Unfortunately, medical school often fails to prepare you for this event. You have read what to do, but now you have to put it into practice. This article will give you some practical