What the general public is taught should be based on the most recent scientific evidence available. BLS skills must be taught, learned, and retained, yet they are frequently utilized for the first time months or years after they are learned. Take this nurse who uses CPR to save a passenger's life on a cruise.
The ship had successfully moored in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the night before, and Mark and Diane Jones had slept in knowing that their disembarkation time was still hours away.
The Joneses were about to get up when they heard a tremendous thump next door.
Diane dashed through the door, still wearing her nightgown, to find a small crowd outside Andy and Michelle Katon's room.
That's when Diane recognized he was "very diaphoretic and cyanotic," as one RN who worked in critical care for much of her 38-year career puts it.
She started Hands-Only CPR and waited for an AED unit. He ultimately began to breathe on his own, and he was sent to a nearby hospital.
Andy suffered a widow maker heart attack, which is nearly usually fatal if not treated immediately. “You’re only alive because of your next door neighbor’s actions,” the cardiologist told Andy.
Diane did CPR to save a life for the second time outside of the hospital, the previous time being at a college football stadium.
The Joneses and Katons, who had never met before this occurrence, have become closer since the rescue and planned to celebrate Andy's one-year survival anniversary in March 2020, when COVID-19 intervened. Their connection is still strong. Knowing I had saved his life was extremely fulfilling.