Archive for June, 2013

Cops Save Elderly Man at Home

Posted by cocreator on June 29, 2013
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Three Columbus Police Department officers helped save the life of an unconscious man through CPR and a new external defibrillator that all officers began carrying in their patrol cars earlier this year, according to a CPD media release.

Patrolmen Wesley Dodge and Toby Combest and Sgt. Jason Christophel responded at 9:05 p.m. Sunday to a residence in the 2800 block of 19th Street, where they found a 70-year-old male unconscious on the kitchen floor. While Dodge performed CPR, Christophel provided Officer Combest with an external defibrillator – a medical device that diagnoses life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms and delivers electrical energy to the heart to restore its normal rhythm, the release said.

Combest applied the defibrillator to the man and discharged it once. When Columbus Regional Hospital medics arrived, they advised that the man had regained a pulse. He was transported by ambulance to Columbus Regional Hospital, where his condition continues to improve, police said in the release.

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Cops Save Unconscious Driver in Car

Posted by cocreator on June 06, 2013
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66-year-old Harold Liberatore from Milton recently led a fundraising campaign to purchase three AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for the Lincoln Park Police Department. An AED is a portable device that can diagnose abnormal heart activity and then correct it with electrical therapy.

Harold Liberatore the Survivor

Liberator knew the medical equipment would provide critical aid to individuals in cardiac arrest. He never imagined, however, that it would save his own life.

A few months ago, Liberatore was out shopping by himself for a party when he stopped at a traffic light along Main Street in Lincoln Park. That’s the last thing he remembers before waking up in Chilton Hospital. There, a combination of dedicated medical professionals, technology, and perhaps a little serendipity enabled him to survive a heart attack and fully recover.

Liberatore was found alone in his car, slumped over the steering wheel, by a bystander who immediately called for help. Fortunately, an off-duty police officer was driving right behind him, and additional responders arrived within minutes, including three more officers from the Lincoln Park Police Department and a volunteer rescue team from Lincoln Park Emergency Medical Services. First on the scene was Patrolman Russell Ruggiero, who is also an experienced emergency medical technician, and he had an AED in the trunk of his vehicle.

In an amazing twist of fate, the very same machine may have been donated by Liberatore himself when he was commander of the local American Legion. The AED was used on Liberatore five times to “shock” his heart before he reached the hospital.

Thanks, in part, to support from the American Legion and other benefactors, every patrol car in the Lincoln Park Police Department fleet is now equipped with an AED, since officers are often the first responders in a medical emergency. In Liberatore’s case, Ruggiero arrived within 60 seconds and was quickly aided by Detective Joseph Zammit, Sgt. John Karback, and Patrolman John Cifelli.

“Harold’s car was locked, so I yelled for the other officers to break the passenger window, allowing us to put the car in park and pull Harold out of the vehicle,” Ruggiero recalled. “He had no pulse and wasn’t breathing, so we performed CPR right there on the street and retrieved the AED … which signaled the need for two ‘shocks’ before the ambulance arrived.”

Without hesitation, Ruggiero hopped in the rig to assist the first aid crew. Together, they continued CPR and electrical therapy along the way to Chilton Hospital in Pompton Plains.

“As we approached the hospital, Harold started breathing on his own,” Ruggiero said. Liberatore was successfully revived and soon under the care of Chilton’s Emergency Department, where his story continues.

Liberatore was promptly evaluated by the Emergency Department team and treated with another technological innovation: therapeutic hypothermia.

Following a cardiac catheterization and two days of therapeutic hypothermia, Liberatore awoke fully coherent – eager to jump out of bed and straight toward an American Legion convention. On his doctor’s advice, he opted for cardiac rehabilitation instead, enrolling in Chilton’s 12-week outpatient program.

“Harold’s prognosis is excellent,” Dr. Blitz asserted. “He sustained minimal heart muscle damage and shows no evidence of neurological deficiency. With some modest lifestyle changes and medication, he should do great.”

“I know it happens every day, but you never think a heart attack will happen to you,” said Liberatore. “It’s a miracle I’m alive.”

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School Response Team Saves Student

Posted by cocreator on June 06, 2013
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A female student at Lancaster High School went into cardiac arrest Wednesday morning in the school. The girl collapsed right in the school’s lobby, around the time of the opening bell.

According to a spokeswoman for the district, another student got the nurse and they called 911.

The student was lucky there was also a response team already in place at the school. Fire officials tell 2 On Your Side that the girl is alive, largely because this team was so close to her.

“Thanks to their skill and our skill we were fortunate to have this young lady recover her heartbeat and breathing before she was loaded into the ambulance,” said Bob Sinclair, the first assistant chief of the Bowmansville Fire Department.

The girl fell around 7:30 a.m. Firefighters believe she is a junior or a senior. The school response team rushed to the girl and started giving her CPR.

“I can’t tell you how long it took them to get their team together and start CPR, but it was relatively quickly,” said Sinclair.

The student then regained consciousness and started talking at the school.

Firefighters say that the student didn’t go into full cardiac arrest. If she did, they say it would’ve been tough to get her back.

The student was taken to the hospital and the last we’ve been told is that she’s in intensive care.

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