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Some nurse you are. Assuming you took advanced cardiovascular life support, you should know that unless you have a second person assisting, the American heart association states that only chest compressions should be given and rescue breaths should be held

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I don't find this gross.. Maybe it's because I've watched things like 1 Man 1 Screwdriver, 1 Guy 1 Jar, 1 Priest 1 Nun, Tub Girl, etc. For all you curious people out there that find this gross.. You are now fucked. Lol.

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Because a real RN would have checked vitals before starting CPR. That's one of the basic, and I mean really fundamental, building blocks of responder care. In other words, the story is bullshit.

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No, see, most people would whip out their phones and call 911 (if he's unresponsive) and/or ask if the man is ok. A few people (such as OP) would attempt CPR if the man was unresponsive. Complete assholes would just brush it off and walk away (which would be quite rare).

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Assuming this is in the U.S. it is a federal law that any registered nurse/doctor has an obligation to help someone in need of CPR. OP was not only being a good citizen but doing their job as well.

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39-It's not a federal law. Ethically, yes you should help. But it varies from state to state if you are required to assist. And since most fear lawsuits or other criminal charges (make sure you are competent and trained first) they are often hesitant to do it, but that's where Good Samaritan laws come into play.

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I'm pretty sure the first rule of CPR is if you don't see the accident happen, you don't touch the victim because you don't know what caused the injury or if they're safe for you to touch. You're supposed to call the 911 and let them take care of it. Also pretty sure that CPR has changed its layout to hands only. You're not supposed to start with checking for airway or blowing into his mouth, you're supposed to immediately go into the chest pulses. Considering she is a nurse she should have ta

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39- I think you're confusing the laws here. There is a law that protects registered nurses and medical professionals that help people outside of their work or good people that want to help, and that law is called the Good Samaritan Law. It's not required of you to help (though if you do choose to not help when you could have you could be subjected to punishment) but if you do help you're protected by the law.

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117- you're kind of right. First, you do chest compressions first before rescue breaths. However, only non medical people being trained in CPR learn it without rescue breaths. I renewed my CPR certificate this past May and because I am in the medical field, I still had to preform rescue breaths to the dummy.

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I hope people don't take yalls advice on CPR protocol. First step is check vital signs; pulse and breathing. If he has both you don't just jump into chest compressions. Correct chest compressions will crack or even break the patients ribs and or sternum especially the elderly. Since he obviously had both, seeing he was able to summon that luggy lol, she should have called 911 and monitored him.

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Being unconscious and not having a pulse are totally different things. We're taught that if there's a pulse, you give two rescue breaths until they breathe on their own or help arrives. For all we know, the victim may have choked on their spit and thanks to OP, the rescue breaths caused it to come out. CPR/rescue breathing comes with risks, and unfortunately bodily fluids coming into your mouth is one (that's why a valve mask is recommended).

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Dangit- didn't get to edit in time... Sorry for the unnecessary education on CPR; when I reread the FML I realized the spit happened as OP was going in to give a breath (not already giving breaths). So all I can guess is the man is screwed off in the head, or his body dislodged the spit on it's own. Really gross either way!!! :/

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We don't have enough information here. I really do wonder if OP checked if he was breathing, despite being a registered nurse. The way the FML was worded, I read it as "omg person on the street, quick give cpr!" but that could just be me. I hope that's not the case, since giving CPR to a person when they don't need it can actually be dangerous.

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#93, that's how it sounded to me as well. Maybe it was the character limit or just badly written but it reads as though CPR was OP's first move. That would not be a good move. Still, even if OP's was off, he/she didn't deserve this. Good on you for trying to help. Next time, maybe give a shout first.

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77, Coming from someone with a background in health but not medicine I'm wondering why it is you would need to perform CPR on someone who was still breathing...I mean if he were holding his breath it would be obvious, so I'm a little confused as to how CPR is of any use to someone who is simply unconscious.

Why would you do CPR on someone and you have no idea if he has any type of disease ect. (i prefer not to run up on just anyone laying on the ground and randomly start doing CPR

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Not to be an ass, but gotta call bullshit on this one. Every nurse and doctor or anyone who's ever had decent CPR training knows the mouth on mouth part is complete crap. Most CPR classes don't even teach it anymore. It's almost impossible blow air directly into the lungs without being able to visualize which tube it's going down. In addition, oxygen is useless if the heart is not pumping blood to the brain because it would just sit in the lungs.

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