A blog for those who want to write realistic medical scenes and need advice.
I am writing a scene in which a patient goes into cardiac arrest
and eventually flatlines. Can you provide a blow by blow of the vitals? What is
a bad BP level and how does that progress from caridac arrest to flatline. For
example, it might start BP at 110 over 50 and then go above 180. How might a
doctor or a member of the crash team say them (e.g., "BP is 180 over 50.
Heart rate is 92 and climbing.") Are there other vital signs to look out for?
Hi Kelly, I run simulations for nursing students and we do a code blue every semester. I don't have any emergency experience with adults. You mentioned above that the once a patient regains a pulse the blood pressure MIGHT be 90/50. If the patient comes back in sinus tachycardia wouldn't the blood pressure be higher than that? Or would a patient come back tachy?