Archive for March, 2012

Soldiers Save Contractor at Air Base

Posted by cocreator on March 30, 2012
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Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 137th Aviation Regiment, proved the effectiveness of their Automated Electronic Defibrillator and training they had previously received, when a civilian contractor who had been working on the unit’s rooftop at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base went into cardiac arrest, March 6.


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Maj. Wayne Thomas, 1-137th administrative officer and a Dublin, Ohio, resident, reacted to shouts for help from the workers and found the contractor without a pulse and not breathing. First Sgt. Jose Camacho, Headquarters and Headquarters Company first sergeant and a resident of Lancaster, Ohio, and Staff Sgt. Neal Thompson, training non-commissioned officer for Company E, 1-137th Aviation and a Columbus resident, climbed to the roof to assist.

“When I got there, the guy was purple, so we started chest compressions,” Camacho said. Thompson and Camacho alternated with Thomas doing compressions. Thompson called out for the AED, and hooked it up to the contractor. Thompson used to be an AED instructor and went through training on the equipment in 2010.

“The machine shocked the guy three times,” Camacho said. “It worked like clockwork.” Camacho said it was ironic that Thompson had just tested the equipment a couple days before. “I remember because an alarm sounds when you open the box,” Camacho said. AED machines can be found in wall mounted boxes, usually in hallways, in all Ohio National Guard installations.

“He had a heartbeat when we were done with him and the paramedics showed up,” Camacho said. When Hamilton Township paramedics arrived on scene, they took over caring for the contractor.

“It was a relief when the guy finally woke up,” Camacho said. “If it wasn’t for our efforts, I think the guy would have died. It’s serious business, but the machine really works.” After the contractor regained consciousness, he was life flighted to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where he was stabilized.

The 1-137th just went through a safety stand down in February and had medics conduct an AED/CPR brief.

“You walk by the AED and wonder what would happen if you actually have to use it,” Camacho said.

Depending on the remoteness of the location, help may be minutes or hours away. The AED reduces the time it might take to receive life saving care at installations and readiness centers throughout Ohio. With the help of a computerized narrator, the machine talks its user through the process to ensure proper operation of the device as well as to alleviate the stress of the situation. The Ohio Army National Guard has had an AED training program since 2008.

“That machine is awesome,” Camacho said, who asserted it was a good investment to have them at every installation in the state.

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Staff Save Elderly Hockey Player in Sports Centre

Posted by cocreator on March 28, 2012
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Words cannot express the extent of Elliott Beharrell’s gratitude to staff of a recreational facility who recently helped save his life.


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The 63-year-old Oshawa man was playing hockey in a seniors’ league at Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby on the morning of March 7 when he started to feel dizzy.

“There was no pain but I could feel that the rhythm of my pulse was off,” says Mr. Beharrell, who was diagnosed with a condition called ventricular tachycardia, involving a rapid heart rate, about 25 years ago.

Familiar with the symptoms, Mr. Beharrell stopped playing and went to the dressing room, where he collapsed. Iroquois Park staff were immediately notified by his teammates and sprang to action, hooking Mr. Beharrell up to a portable defibrillator unit on site.

“Within minutes, his colour was ashen, his breathing became very shallow and his eyes rolled back,” says Whitby’s manager of facilities, Greg Scott.

“The portable defib unit recognized that his heart had stopped and provided an electrical shock to restart his heart. Elliott responded well, he became alert and his colour returned.”

Mr. Beharrell was then taken by ambulance to Rouge Valley hospital in Ajax and also received treatment at Scarborough Centenary. He is currently recovering at home.

“We are just so thankful that the players and the staff and management at Iroquois Park did all the things they did because it saved his life,” says Mr. Beharrell’s wife, Cathy.

Portable, public-access defibrillators are equipped at all of the Town’s recreation facilities and full-time staff members are trained in using the devices, as well as in first aid and CPR. Staff who were present during this incident include Greg Lepine, Darren Verge, Mark Gibson, John Romano, and Brent Copeland.

“This is truly a case where a life would have been lost if it were not for the availability of a portable defib unit and staff trained to use it,” says Mr. Scott.

“We are all very proud of the efforts of staff involved in this incident.”

Mr. Beharrell joined the hockey league for players over the age of 55 upon his retirement eight years ago and is usually on the ice at least three times a week.

“I was very glad to see that they had the device because I knew there was a possibility that the condition could re-surface,” he says, adding he is eternally grateful to staff and those responsible for ensuring portable defibrillators are available at local facilities.

“It’s a crucial first step; if you don’t have that available, then you have to wait until the emergency team arrives, so your response is delayed.”

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Firefighters Save Woman on the Way to Hospital

Posted by cocreator on March 28, 2012
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Caroline Mahoney is grateful to firefighters whose use of a defibrillator revived her sister, Mary Jo Mastrantonio of Quincy Street in Quincy, after she became unconscious while on the way to a Weymouth hospital for treatment of chest pains.

“I want to express my appreciation to the firefighters who acted so quickly to save my sister’s life,” said the Elmlawn Road resident, referring to Lt. James Lochiatto, Michael Milward and Larry Mawn, who were on duty at the Elm Street fire station across from Ross Elementary School.

“This was at least my second time using the defibrillator,” Lochiatto said. “You take an initial six-hour training course, and every year you take a refresher.”

“It was just one of those things,” Milward said. “The training kicks in and you do what you were trained to do. I think any other firefighter in the same situation would have done the same thing.”

“You don’t even think about what you’re doing, you just do it,” Mawn said. “When everything settles down, you realize what just happened. I’m glad that everything worked out well.”

About 5:30 p.m. on March 5, Mastrantonio called her neighbor, Earl MacLeod, told him that she was in pain and asked him to drive her to South Shore Hospital.

“Somewhere along the way, she passed out, and he proceeded to call 911 and had the presence of mind to bring her to the nearest fire station,” Mahoney said.

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Paramedics & Doctors Save Elderly Hockey Player on the Field

Posted by cocreator on March 26, 2012
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A man who suffered a heart scare at the National Masters Hockey Tournament has donated more than $5000 to Hockey Manawatu for a new defibrillator.

John Nimmo the Survivor

John Nimmo, of the North Harbour 60s men’s team, had a cardiac episode at their match against Manawatu on Thursday.

Speaking to the Manawatu Standard from his bed at North Shore Hospital, he said he was “incredibly grateful” to St John, tournament organisers and doctors who were coincidentally on the scene.

“One thing I have learned from this is how it all works, and how vitally important it is to have one of these on hand immediately. I really had no idea how important it was.”

The life-saving device works by shocking the heart, so it can resume a steady beat.

Mr Nimmo said he and his wife Catherine thought it would be “a nice thing to do” to give $5800 to Hockey Manawatu for a defibrillator and training for its use.

Hockey Manawatu operations manager Warren Banks said it was a “wonderful gesture”. “We are very grateful to John and Catherine, and will certainly be talking with the right contacts to get a defibrillator as soon as possible.”

Mr Banks said St John attended all tournaments hosted by the club, and would continue to do so, but a defibrillator would add another element of safety.

Mr Nimmo was initially taken to Palmerston North Hospital, then transferred to Auckland by air, where he is recovering. There was no damage to his heart, and doctors were running tests.

Among the possibilities being considered was Long QT syndrome. That is a rare inborn heart condition which can cause heart palpitations, fainting and in the worst cases, sudden death.

But Mr Nimmo said he was hopeful he could still play hockey.

Just as well for the veteran, who has been selected to play for a New Zealand team at a tournament in Britain in August.

MidCentral District Health Board clinical director for child health Jeff Brown was playing hockey on an adjacent field and rushed to Mr Nimmo’s aid, along with St John medics and Auckland heart surgeon Andrew Hill.

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Wife, Paramedics & Cop Save Elderly Man

Posted by cocreator on March 26, 2012
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A quick-thinking woman administered CPR to her 69-year-old husband who had a heart attack Saturday, until the St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue could assist him with a defribillator.

The fast response saved his life.

According to officials, the woman’s effort was the second time in the last seven years, she and the St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue worked in tandem to save her husband after he had a heart attack. She is a retired nurse.

Around 9:23 a.m., Saturday, St. Pete Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a man in cardiac arrest at Demens Landing, at the corner of 1st Avenue North and Bayshore Boulevard, according to the news release.

Acting Lt. John Fair, who was first on the scene, he found a 69-year-old man on the ground in cardiac arrest with a female performing CPR on him.

According to St. Pete Fire and Rescue, that woman was the man’s wife.

Fair, the news release said, placed his Automated External Defibrillator on the patient, but the defibrillator warned, “no shock advised.” Fair continued then with CPR.

After arriving on scene, paramedics took another look at the patient’s heart by way of monitor. At this time they determined it was necessary to defibrillate the patient. Soon after the defibrillation, the patient’s pulse and breathing returned. Paramedics transported the patient to the hospital in serious condition, the news release said.

Later that day, Fair went to the hospital to follow up with the patient who was now alert and talking about the event.

After St. Pete Fire & Rescue spoke to the patient’s wife today, it was made known that this is the second cardiac arrest event for her husband.

Seven years ago, her husband went into cardiac arrest and his wife, then a nurse, did the initial CPR. SPFR responded to the patients home, defibrillated the patient, saving his life at that time as well, the news release said.

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