On the way home from EMS Today …
Opening FaceBook message:
Eating at a diner in New Jersey this morning with my buddy TOTWTYTR, a lady in an adjacent booth went into cardiac arrest.
We got her out of the booth, started compressions, ignored a well-meaning but ignorant bystander, and used the cop’s AED when he arrived. By the time the BLS squad arrived, we got pulses back.
The ALS medic crew was wheeling her out, breathing on her own, a few minutes later.
More on the bystander/CPR expert:
She tried to correct my CPR technique, specifically that I wasn’t doing 30:2, or attempting to give breaths.
I told her, “Standards have changed,” to which she replied, “I took CPR only six months ago!”
I politely replied, “Standards changed …4 months ago, so don’t feel bad. You’ll only be doing it wrong for another 18 months, until it’s time to renew your card.”
Doctor Bryan Bledsoe weighed in with an important question:
How was the food?
A shocking development!
Bryan, the Egg-Beater omelet wasn’t bad, but the bus boy whisked away my unfinished home fries while we were saving a life.
On the plus side, the diner owner did comp our breakfast.
By the way, can all of YOUR public safety partners provide immediate AED access?
It remains one of the most effective differences in sudden cardiac arrest.
Mike “FossilMedic” Ward
Also on FireGeezer…
- Online course in cardiac arrest resuscitation science – February 11, 2013
- Zero to Hero: EMT street time does not impact success as a paramedic – September 12, 2012
- Helping out an EMS pioneer – August 13, 2012
- EMS Education Evolution – November 8, 2012