a difficult choice

Philippines
October 23, 2008 6:27am CST
Another case came to mind: What if you came upon a person lying unconsciously on a vacant lot, had a slight pulse, and you knew has the HIV/AIDS (by looking through his wallet for some identification proof or for medical prescription)...would you give CPR to that person if his life depended on it until the ambulance arrived?
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• India
23 Oct 08
Hi The situation that you have mentioned here, i doubt whether it needs CPR at all. I think in exclusive sense you wanted to know if anybody would risk his/her life for the sake of others. If this is what you wanted to know, my answer will sound liek selfish. No, I'm not going to risk my life to save another life. The reason is simple, I have a family and I have no right to put them under uncalled mental stress. In such a situation, the rational thing will be to do as much as possible without risking one's life.
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• Philippines
24 Oct 08
hello! Thank you for sharing your honest view on this discussion. You earned a positive response :)
• India
25 Oct 08
hi thanks for marking my response positively.
@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
23 Oct 08
If a person has a "slight pulse" that means that person is still alive and you do NOT do CPR on him/her. CPR is only done on someone who does not have a pulse and is not breathing. If the person your talking about in the vacant lot was in full cardiac arrest (no pulse and not breathing) then you can still preform CPR safely with just chest compressions, the American Heart Association now endorses only chest compressions on adults who are in cardiac arrest so there is no need to worry about any mouth to mouth contact and/or fluid exchange between the victim and the person rendering the emergency first aid.
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• Philippines
24 Oct 08
Very well said howard96h. Thank you for sharing your response. You're technically right. You got (+). Keep posting more! :)
@kedves (728)
23 Oct 08
yes because hiv or aids can not be caught so easily as people think. its a blood carrying disease isn't it? anyway if i came across anyone i would not bother whether they carry a virus i would try to help them and let God and fate decide what happens. we can not live our lives being scared to help sometimes we have to do what is right no matter the consequence.
• Philippines
24 Oct 08
I like your answer best kedves. I'd give you the BR, congratulations :)
@kedves (728)
24 Oct 08
thank you Roses :)
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
23 Oct 08
partial without putting myself at risk yes of course... OR fully but by taking procautions...I can't risk my life for someone else in that way simply because I'm a mother and the sole surviving biological parent and family member actually to my kids..My life is theirs and not anyone elses...
• Philippines
24 Oct 08
Hi Ravenladyj, thank you for sharing your brave response, I appreciate it. You're rewarded with (+) rating. :)
• United States
24 Oct 08
i would.. it wouldnt be risky unless there was blood involved.. if there was blood involved i dont know if i could.. i have a huge fear of germs and even though i could regularly give cpr to him i dont know if i could get past blood and germs and diseases in the blood to do it.. i would like to think i would though..
23 Oct 08
any person who has ever taken a first aid course will know that you're meant to just leave them, ther's no point in risking your own health. that being said i think i might still risk it after all a persons life is at risk