That question... Is There A Doctor or Nurse Available?

We've all been in those off-duty situations when the opportunity to be a good samaritan arises. Sometimes we are on the plane when someone becomes diaphoretic and short of breath or at a little league game when more than first aid is required.

Yesterday I came back from a week of silent meditation retreat. Twenty minutes into the morning meditation of our first day, I hear a loud thump. Shortly following that was that famous question- "Is there a Doctor or Nurse in the room?" Fortunately, I was in good company with an anesthesiologist and a Nurse Practitioner. I have seen many people pass out from a vasovagal reaction over the years but never during a meditation. He was fine but due to a few underlying conditions, he bought himself a quick visit to the emergency room, returned to the retreat within a few hours and earned a good story to tell.

Debbie Cali, PACU RN

Debbie Cali, PACU RN

A little vasovagal reaction is not such a big deal but when you are in the shower at the gym and your friends call for help to resuscitate someone, that is an entirely different story. Debbie Cali dried herself off and put her years of ICU and PACU skills to work with the AED, CPR and a bit of help from the cycling instructor, Kate Ligler. And poof, just like that, they saved a life. All in a days workout.

Debbie doing keeping things light while waiting for patients

Debbie doing keeping things light while waiting for patients

How bout you? Have you ever stepped in to do CPR or help out as a good samaritan?