Jun 11, 2011

A doctor's dillema

Every doctor is constantly reminded that all life is sacred. Regardless of one's skin color and religious background, there must be no discrimination when it comes to saving lives.

Even in Islam, no saint takes advantage over a sinner. Every patient must be treated the same in a doctor's eyes.

But how do we really grasp this concept when it comes to real life? Can we be so sure that we won't discriminate against anybody? Yes? Hold that thought.

Should the circumstance force you to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to this guy, would you perform it? :)

Sure you can argue that nowadays, in cardiac arrest, it is no longer considered as one of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) components because chest compression alone should suffice. But that's only true if you live in a world where cardiac arrest is the ONLY indication for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

What about respiratory arrest? In this case, pulse is present. So chest compression is moot and artificial respiration is needed more.

Say if this guy were to drown in a swimming pool and you happened to be nearby. There's no pocket mask, ambu bag, or any other device whatsoever to use instead. What would you do?

Help? Not help?


P/S: Apalah nasib. Kalau orang hensem/cantik, mesti korang berebut-rebut nak buat, walaupun tak indicated. Sobs~

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