On 14th September 2008, one of our training partners responded to a collapsed man on an event in the newly completed Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was commenced first. On their ambulance was the essential automated external defibrillator (AED) that they used on this man.
A total of 3 shocks were given to this man.
The man was described to have turned blue before the device was applied. After the 3rd shock, he slowly turned pink right before their eyes!
The man was then loaded into their ambulance and droved him to the nearby Changi General Hospital. It took them 32 minutes to reach the hospital, a duration that would be certain death for this man if the AED was not used on him.
The AED device had recorded the actual events which unfolded as the rescue was in progress. The reading here is the exact time that this man’s heart was converted from ventricular fibrillation to sinus rhythm. In the next few readings, the rhythm quickened in pace and became more regular. All this occurred while he was transported in our training partner’s ambulance without any infusion or drugs.
The man was subsequently transferred to the National Heart Centre from Changi General Hospital and is currently recovering. We wish him all the best!
This is what we wish to duplicate should any of our family members, friends or neighbours fall victim to such unfortunate incidents. To save our families and friends so that they can continue to be with us.
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