Archive for November, 2010

Teen Scout Save Shopper at Mall

Posted by cocreator on November 30, 2010
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The malls were filled with holiday shoppers on Black Friday, including someone who was a lifesaver for one lucky shopper.

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17-year-old Sarah Suchower was at Bellevue Square with her aunt Friday when a man collapsed outside Nordstrom and the medical scout raced into action.

“Security started coming up and we yelled for an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and one was brought over. After doing a series of compressions we realized he still didn’t have a pulse so we hooked up the AED and it shocked him once and we continued to do compressions and that was when the EMTs got there,” says Suchower.

The man was hospitalized but is said to be recovering thanks to the 17-year-old Bonney Lake High junior who wants to be a doctor one day.

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Nurse, Firefighter & Staff Save Man at Gym

Posted by cocreator on November 29, 2010
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Bob Schmit stepped off the elliptical machine and told his girlfriend he was going to the bathroom. Then he dropped to his knees.

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Schmit, a muscular 27-year-old, was in cardiac arrest.

Bob Schmit the Survivor

In the middle of Planet Fitness in Loudonville, his girlfriend Julia Palma — a nurse — started CPR with help from an off-duty firefighter. A gym employee ran over with a portable defibrillator and hooked the machine up to Schmit. The device shocked his heart back into rhythm.

Colonie emergency responders put a breathing tube into Schmit’s lungs, packed ice around his body, injected chilled saline into his blood and raced him to the hospital.

Schmit’s doctors said it was a miracle that he survived. But in reality, Schmit’s recovery was part of an orchestrated effort by Colonie EMS and local hospitals to bring people back from the dead.

Throughout their initiative, Colonie EMS has campaigned and educated the community to improve bystander CPR rates and encourage businesses to invest in portable defibrillators.

When Schmit collapsed at Planet Fitness on Sept. 18, “everything we’ve been doing came together,” said Colonie EMS Captain Paul Sugrue.

Bystanders gave Schmit CPR, the gym had a defibrillator, EMS started the chilling process, and St. Peter’s Hospital put him into a hypothermic state.

Schmit was comatose for weeks, and his brain activity was so low that doctors suggested the family call hospice.

The Schmit family prayed and asked for more time.

Schmit woke up on Oct. 5 — 17 days after he was stricken. But his greenish-brown eyes looked dull and expressionless.

Days later, he mouthed some words and recognized his family. Schmit smiled and winked at the nurses. Staff and family gathered around his bed, crying with joy at the show the miracle man was giving.

Bob Schmit was back.

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Flight Attendant & Passenger Save Man on Plane

Posted by cocreator on November 29, 2010
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Brian Delaney remembers nothing of the eight minutes that cabin crew and passengers spent trying to revive him after a heart attack, but he believes Zoe Moran saved his life.

Brian Delaney the Survivor with Zoe Moran the Saviour

On the tarmac at Wellington Airport, the 26-year-old flight attendant used a defibrillator to resuscitate Mr Delaney when his heart stopped just before takeoff.

Mr Delaney, 73, is recovering at Wellington Hospital, his journey from his Gisborne home to visit family in Dunedin on Thursday interrupted by his second heart attack in eight years.

He had been talking to the passenger next to him when his head started spinning – and after that he remembers nothing of the commotion on the 50-seater Air Nelson Bombadier Q300 until he came around.

“I looked up at five faces and thought, where the hell am I? It could be hospital, or in an an ambulance.”

Miss Moran said a passenger had run up to her to tell her a man was having a seizure, so she dashed to Mr Delaney.

“He was sitting in his chair, his eyes were rolling back in his head and his teeth were moving. I said he’s not having a seizure, he’s having a heart attack.”

She ran to get a defibrillator. Although one is carried on every Air Nelson plane, it was the first time one had been used. She gave Mr Delaney a shock with the defibrillator, and another passenger started chest compressions.

Miss Moran, who has worked for Air Nelson for 16 months, said her training kicked in and she went through the procedures she had learnt but never imagined she would use, while anxiously hoping the medics stationed at the airport would turn up.

“It felt like a long time … I was relieved when they got there, I had been starting to shake.”

Mr Delaney’s daughter, Kaaren Dooher, had been waiting for him at Dunedin Airport.

“When I saw the plane was delayed, I thought that better not be Dad. Then they paged me.”

Doctors will carry out further tests today to try to determine what caused Mr Delaney’s attack.

Yesterday, he had nothing but praise for the airport and hospital staff. And he was relieved his heart attack had not occurred minutes later. “If we had been in the air, I would not be here.”

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Nurses & Doctor Save Runner at Marathon

Posted by cocreator on November 29, 2010
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Boer, 73, was recovering on Friday evening in the critical care unit at Saint Thomas Hospital. He had a heart attack Thursday morning while running in the Boulevard Bolt, a Thanksgiving tradition in Belle Meade.

Germain Boer the Survivor

“I think everything is going to be fine,” said son Bob Boer. “He is awake and I was able to speak with him earlier. I told him some of the news reports were putting him at between 50 and 60 years old and he just laughed.”

The elder Boer, a professor of accounting and director of the Owen Entrepreneurship Center at Vanderbilt University, runs the Bolt every year, his son said.

He’s very active and healthy,” said Bob Boer. “He goes to the gym at Vanderbilt in the mornings and has his routine with his gym team, and he runs on the greenway.

“I just thank God this happened with 8,000 people instead of when he was off by himself somewhere.”

Germain Boer was about a mile and a half into the Boulevard Bolt when he had the heart attack, said Troy Sparks, who was running the race for the first time alongside his wife, Beth.

The Sparkses are both registered nurses — he’s in the operating room at StoneCrest, she’s a nurse at John Overton High School.

Boer’s luck began with the Sparkses being about 5 feet away when he collapsed.

“We thought he had tripped, so I went to see if he was OK and saw that he wasn’t breathing,” said Troy Sparks, who immediately began CPR. “He was purple and bleeding. He’d fallen facedown and cut his face.
“He didn’t have a pulse.”

Within seconds, half a dozen other runners were helping in the CPR effort.

A minute later, Boer got lucky again. Dr. Corey Slovis joined the crew.

When it comes to emergency medicine, Slovis is among the best. He is chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and medical director for the Nashville Fire Department and Nashville International Airport.

“I was running, and I saw a number of people off to the side,” said Slovis, whose family has run in the Bolt for the past 10 years. “When I looked closer, I saw someone doing compressions, and that got my attention.”

Slovis, a doctor for about 30 years, said he was in awe by the first responders.

“Saving lives involves just a few things, and those people were doing them perfectly,” he said. “There was no way it could have gone better. The only thing I did was what I do every day.

“What Nashville needs to be proud of is that so many people knew how to do expert compression CPR and they were able to come together and save this man’s life. That’s the real story here.”

As the crew alternated doing compressions, an ambulance arrived and paramedics took over. Slovis went with him to Saint Thomas.

“Moments after I left the room, he had a (heart) rhythm,” he said. “Him getting CPR within moments of collapsing is what saved his life.”

Boer’s son credits Slovis and Sparks with saving his father’s life.

“I’m no hero,” Sparks said. “We just happened to be at the right place at the right time, and there were other people there besides us who jumped in and did a lot.

“I guess it wasn’t Mr. Boer’s time to go.”

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Medics Save Man after Electrocution

Posted by cocreator on November 28, 2010
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Two men working as window washers on Long Island were injured when their washing pole hit a power line, causing an electric shock.

The incident happened around 7:30 Saturday morning at the Bank of America on Merrick Road in Lynbrook. The two men who were working for Hewlett Window Cleaners were preparing to wash the building’s windows when a gust of wind blew into the two men holding the 40′ washing pole.

58-year-old Nicholas Genovese of Staten Island was holding the pole at the top of a ladder while 64-year-old Alan Weinberg of Long Beach was holding it on the ground.

The wind blew the pole into a power line causing serious injury to both men.

Weinberg was in cardiac arrest and paramedics performed CPR and used an AED 3 times to regain a heartbeat.

He was rushed to South Nassau Communities Hospital where he was stabilized and then transferred to Nassau University Medical Center’s Burn Unit for treatment of second and third degree burns to his hands and feet.

He is listed in critical condition.

Genovese was transported directly to Nassau University Medical Center where he was admitted to the Burn Unit for treatment of second and third degree burns.

He is listed in stable condition.

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