Most of the questions that you will be asked will very likely be simple questions to demonstrate your adequate understanding of basic BLS and ACLS protocol.
It will be the intent of the lawyer to show that you are incompetent and if you cannot effectively and efficiently answer these simple questions you may put yourself at risk for appearing incompetent.
Often times in stressful situations like court hearings, simple questions can seem overwhelming if you are not thoroughly prepared to answer them. Review these questions and answers to be thoroughly prepared.
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Here are the top 10 questions.
- Q: If you find a patient that is unconscious or you see a patient become unconscious, what would be the first thing that you would do?
A: The first thing that you should do if you find an unconscious patient or if you see someone become unconscious is check for a pulse.
- Q: Where would you place your hands on the patient when performing CPR?
A: Place two fingers at the bottom of the sternum where the ribs and sternum meet. Then place the heel of your other hand just above these two fingers over the mass of the sternum. Now clasp the first hand directly over this.
- Q: What is the compression to ventilation ratio when performing two rescuer CPR without an advanced airway and with an advanced airway?
A: The ratio of chest compressions to ventilations for two rescuer CPR without an advanced airway is 30 compressions for every two ventilations. When an advanced airway is in place, give 100-120 chest compressions per minute and 10 breaths per minute or one breath every six seconds.
- Q: How can you tell if your CPR is effective?
A: Good chest rise and fall is the best indicator of adequate ventilation. Determination of effectiveness of chest compressions can be difficult. The most important aspect is to ensure proper hand placement and adequate depth of compression which should be at least 2 inches.
- A: If a patient is experiencing cardiac arrest, and the rhythm that is on the monitor is ventricular fibrillation what is the most important thing that you should do?
A: The most important thing that should be done as soon as possible is defibrillation. The sooner that defibrillation occurs the higher the likelihood of a successful resuscitation.
- Q: What should you do immediately after performing defibrillation on a patient?
A: Do not look at the rhythm and do not check for a pulse. Begin CPR immediately and complete five cycles of CPR before performing a rhythm check.
- Q: What type of supplementary oxygen is indicated when a patient is experiencing cardiac arrest?
A: Administer 100% oxygen by nonrebreather mask.
- Q: How would you keep a patient’s airway open during CPR?
A: Perform a head tilt-chin lift and if the patient has a head and neck injury you perform a jaw thrust maneuver. An oropharyngeal or nasal airway could also be placed to help maintain the airway
- Q: What medication should be given during any type of cardiac arrest, and how often should it be given?
A: Epinephrine is the only medication that is recommended for all types of cardiac arrest. You should give 1 mg every 3 to 5 minutes.
- Q: During cardiac arrest, when would be the correct times that you can allow a pause in chest compressions for greater than 10 seconds?
A: Never. Pauses in chest compressions should never exceed 10 seconds.