This is a first for me!

Today I was told by Telemetry that a patient’s heart rate went down to 39. I ran a strip which showed a rate of 42. While trying to get a complete set of vital signs, I was palpating his pulse. I felt it getting slower over a few seconds and felt it disappear. another nurse told me Telemetry was showing Asystole. We called a code, intubated and transferred the patient to ICU. I have never had this experience before. I know that we nurses follow our gut feelings all the time, but this was really just too obvious. I felt like I could feel life leaving his body.I am so thankful for the experience and thankful for another life saved!