How To Process Feelings Of Guilt When CPR Doesn’t Work

I received an email from a person who provided CPR to their father but unfortunately, their father did not respond to the CPR and remained dead.  The child who provided CPR to them is now dealing with incredible feelings of failure and guilt.  They feel as though they failed their father.  They feel as though they did not help enough.  They are sad, but they also feel responsible that their loved one is gone.

I knew I had to respond to this as soon as possible so I recorded a direct message to them in hopes that it can help them understand that they did everything right and what’s more…they showed a wonderful act of love to their father.  I hope this helps them but I also hope it helps others who are suffering from the same or similar feelings.  Peace Be With You.

RoyOnRescue Live! – Episode 1 Seizures and Asthma Attacks, What To Do?

Hello Rescue Fans!

Today marks our first try at a live, hour long episode where we open up the communication line and answer questions on the fly.  Today’s broadcast was on very short notice but we took a deeper look at what causes seizures and what to do if you see someone have one.  TheRoyOnRescueliveln, in the second half of the show, we answer a question about severe asthma and what to do if your rescue inhaler isn’t working.  Make sure you leave me feedback about how it went and let me know if you’d like to see more of these in the future in addition to my normal episodes.   Please include times, days and length of production as I’d like to try to set one up for the future that more people could attend.  If you missed the live broadcast, you can still see it here!

How To Help Someone Who’s Knocked Out

In this episode of RoyOnRescue, we look at an email question that came in regarding what to do if a person get’s knocked unconscious. Of course, this can mean that the trauma is severe and EMS/911 should be called. In the meantime, there are some things that can be done to help the victim. Find out more by watching the video.

Cruel World Getting You Down? Watch This Video For A Lift!

A great video of a firefighter who found a casualty from a house fire.  It’s bad enough tokitten loose things in a house fire but when a family loses it’s pet, it can be like losing a family member.  This brave firefighter took the time to use his life saving passion and skills to save this little kitten.  Need a pick me up in a cruel world?  Watch this video.

Keep on rescuing!

Roy Juices For The First Time!

Roy Goes Juicing For The First Time!Hello Rescue Fans!

Remember at the end of the 2013 I said something about a series of wellness segments for 2014? Well…it’s come to roost and here’s my first installment. It’s a little off the cuff but I got so excited to show off this great new healthy lifestyle assistant, that I threw all caution to the wind and recorded the first in-house juicing experience with an iPhone.

For those of you who juice, you already know that the flavor was so intense(in a good way) and the fragrance was so brilliant, it made me laugh outloud! I enjoyed another juice the following morning but kept it a little lighter and shared it with a couple of colleagues in the ProTrainings offices. Success! I’m looking forward to more episodes on wellness and prevention and who knows, maybe I’ll even sneak in some of the ways I’ve found to eat smart during a crazy busy day.

For now, keep on rescuing and remember, the best way to survive cardiac arrest…is to never have one!

Cheers!

How Do I Treat Neck Injuries On The Ice?

In this episode we answer a question that was sent in by a Rescue Fan that wondered what the best course of action would be if a person suffered a neck injury on the ice. It’s important to remember that if the patient has any pain, movement minimization is the goal while maintaining the patients core body temperature while waiting for EMS to arrive. If the person doesn’t feel hurt, they may elect to slowly get to their feet and recover. If they do feel pain, numbness, tingling, weakness or loss of consciousness, the best course of treatment neck injuryin my opinion is to call 911 or EMS. I hope it helps.

I Administered CPR To My Neighbor, But It Didn’t Work!

I received an email from a true rescuer who attempted to revive their neighbor by administering CPR.  The neighbor did not survive lighthouse-1418634-sand now the rescuer is feeling as though the may not have done enough to help.  This is a very normal feeling for many rescuers.  I’d like to share my thoughts and I hope it helps bring closure, confidence and peace.

Much Peace,

THE FOLLOWING IS MY RESPONSE:

Hello Lynn,

It sounds like you’ve had a rough couple of days.  First, because a neighbor and potentially their friends and family members are experiencing a living nightmare right now and secondly, because you may be feeling like you did not do enough, or do it well enough.

These feelings are very normal and not because you did anything wrong.  It’s just normal to feel sad that the situation did not turn out the way we would have wanted it to.  The fact that you did any CPR at all means that you gave this gentleman a chance at survival.  Please remember, CPR is not designed to save lives directly.  It’s purpose is to slow the process of moving from clinical death to biological death down a little in order to possibly intervene with advanced life support and buy more time to get the person to the hospital. CPR can sometimes help the body respond to the medications and electrical therapy but it does not take away the reason the person went into cardiac arrest in the first place in most cases.  There can be so many reasons why a patient goes into cardiac arrest and why the seemingly don’t respond.  It’s important to remember that your neighbor was already clinically dead when you arrived by their side.  You gave them and their family members a wonderful gift.  You moved out of your comfort zone and gave this person a second chance at survival.  Something they wouldn’t have had if you wouldn’t have tried.  The fact that your neighbor did not survive cardiac arrest does not take anything away from your efforts and your compassion.

You acted bravely and selflessly.  That is not the norm in our culture.  You are the exception and I say well done!  Please, be at peace knowing that the most experienced and effective rescuers don’t always achieve the outcome that others wish would happen.  True rescuers try their best to make a possibility for a tomorrow, regardless of the outcome and make the world a more loving place and show the world compassion by doing so.

Be at peace knowing that you did a wonderful act of love and compassion.

Most sincerely,

-Roy

Slow Down! We’re All Going Too Fast!

As I was working on media projects, this wonderful public awareness announcement made it into my consciousness. I was so moved by it, I had to share it with you.  I am reminded that life is short, and we are going too fast.  Mistakes happen to all of ustoofast, but let’s try and eliminate the ones we can.  Especially those that we can’t survive.   I’m going to think about this a bit.

I hope it helps.

Happy New Year! -2013 RoyOnRescue Wrap Up.

In this final video of 2013, I wanted to quickly summarize the 25 different topic episodes and share a New Year blessing with all you Rescue Fans!

Happy New Year!

Can I Do The Heimlich On A Person Who Just Had Back Surgery?

Heimlich procedure and if it’s okay to do it on a person who may have recently had a surgery on their back.  The quick answer is YES! If you think about it, what’s more dangerous, the Heimlich on a sore back or letting the person die from a blocked airway?  I wanted to take a couple minutes and answer this question directly and I hope it helps.