Airport

Elderly Man Saved at Airport by Staff

Posted by cocreator on February 03, 2014
Events / No Comments

NINETEEN LIVES HAVE been saved since defibrillators were introduced to Dublin Airport a decade ago. The DAA (Dublin Airport Authority) says that three lives were saved by use of defibrillation by Dublin Airport Police and Fire Service (APFS) in 2012 alone.


View First Aid Corps World Map of Lives Saved with AEDs in a larger map

One fortunate person to be helped by the life-saving machine was 85-year-old Jack Healy who suffered a severe cardiac arrest on 2 September last, just outside Terminal 2. A team of airport police and fire service personnel administered CPR to Mr Healy but when he was still found to have no pulse, they used the AED (automatic external defibrillator) before resuscitating him. He spent six weeks recovering in Beaumont Hospital but was fit enough recently to return to the airport to thank his rescuers.

Jack Healy the Survivor

Jack Healy the Survivor

Brendan Lavin of APFS said that 80 per cent of reported collapses at Dublin Airport turn out to be simple faintings but that they have to treat each one as a potential cardiac incident. In cases where it turns out to be a cardiac arrest, the defibrillator provides vital time for patients before they can be transported to hospital.

As well as the case of Mr Healy last year, the crews on hand in Dublin Airport resuscitated a German man and an Irish woman who both collapsed in Terminal 2, in incidents just a week apart, with both patients later being taken to hospital for recovery.

Dublin Airport has been designated a Heartsafe Airport by the Irish Heart Foundation.

Tags: , , , , ,

Tags: , , , ,

Airline Staff Save Passenger at Airport

Posted by cocreator on December 14, 2013
Events / No Comments

Two airline crew members used a public defibrillator to save a passenger whose heart stopped at Edmonton International Airport on Wednesday.


View First Aid Corps World Map of Lives Saved with AEDs in a larger map

The man collapsed around 3:45 p.m. after walking off a plane that had just arrived from Arizona.

Wayne Gaalaas the Survivor

Wayne Gaalaas the Survivor

WestJet flight attendant Guy Fournier heard an alarm in the U.S. arrivals area and noticed that a woman had opened one of the defibrillators on the wall.

”There was no time to think, “OK, should I do this? Is this right to do?’” Fournier recounted Thursday. “No. We’re trained to do this.”

Fournier ran over and determined the man was not breathing. A flight attendant from another airline pulled the defibrillator off the wall and brought it over.

“We administered a shock,” Fournier said. “The follow-up was, we had to do CPR, in between the shocks.”

After Fournier administered two breaths, the man started gasping for air and started to breathe on his own.

Shortly afterwards, EMS and firefighters arrived and everyone was escorted out of the area, leaving Fournier to wonder how the man was doing.

Although Fournier and the other crew member are trained in CPR and defibrillator use, the AEDs talk people without any experience through the process.

“The thing tells you what to do,” he said. “Anybody could have used it.”

Fournier describes the experience as surreal, but he was happy to hear that the man and his family are doing well.

“I wish them a Happy Holidays and I wish them all the best,” Fournier said. “I’m so glad that they are doing well.”

Tags: , , , ,

Tags: , , ,

Staff Save Man While at Airport Waiting Area

Posted by cocreator on December 09, 2013
Events / No Comments

Workers at the Juneau International Airport were recognized by the fire department Thursday for helping rescue a man who went into cardiac arrest while sitting in the airport’s luggage claim waiting area. The man recovered after receiving CPR and being shocked by a portable defibrillator.


View First Aid Corps World Map of Lives Saved with AEDs in a larger map

During an informal ceremony in an airport conference room, not far from where the unidentified man collapsed while waiting for his daughter’s plane to arrive on May 10, Capital City Fire and Rescue awarded seven bystanders and 13 CCFR members with certificates of appreciation and commemorative coins.

“We’re family now, we got to get in close here,” one of the firefighters told Cleveland Mitchell, one of the awardees, pulling him in for a hug as the group posed for pictures.

CCFR Captain Mark Fuette credited the patient’s survival to the “quick actions” and teamwork of the 20-some people involved in the rescue. He thanked everyone from the Goldbelt Security Services officer and Avis Rental Car employee who called 911, to the Alaska Airlines employee who performed CPR, to the 911 dispatchers who provided “calm, clear instructions” on how to hook the defibrillator up to the patient, to the EMTs who provided advanced cardiac arrest life support.

“This was truly a remarkable sudden cardiac arrest save,” he said.

CCFR EMTs both on and off duty responded to the scene within three minutes of the 911 call. When they got there, Alaska Airlines employee Lourdes Ebron was performing hands-only CPR and the defibrillator was already hooked up to the patient’s body.

“All the first responding crew member had to do was push the shock button,” Fuette added.

Within 10 minutes, the patient was conscious and attempting to sit up. He was rushed to Bartlett Regional Hospital where he stayed overnight.

The patient’s identity remains unknown. CCFR said they lost contact with him after he was admitted to the hospital, but they knew he survived the ordeal and that he even went back to the airport to thank the people who saved him. CCFR believes the man to be a business owner and “snowbird” who lives and works in Juneau seasonally.

CCFR EMS Training Officer Sandi Kelly said even though Thursday’s ceremony was belated, CCFR wanted to make sure to thank all the citizen and professional responders.

“Something that we want folks to recognize is that you as bystanders, you are ultimately as important as the professional rescuers are because you get the chain started,” she said to the group after handing out the awards. “What you do makes a significant difference in the outcome of the patient.”

Kelly said she hopes this will encourage other bystanders to act if they ever find themselves in a similar position. She cited American Heart Association statistics that show not enough people act when they see someone collapse; only 40 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander even though it can double or triple a patient’s chances of surviving, she said.

“Don’t be afraid,” she encouraged. “Your actions can only help.”

Tags: , , , ,

Tags: , , ,

Cop Save Man at Airport

Posted by cocreator on September 28, 2013
Events / No Comments

San Jose police officer Robert Dale went to O’Connor Hospital in San Jose to pay a visit to the man he gave CPR to Monday at Mineta San Jose International Airport. The man he saved is 43 year old Frank Nunez.


View First Aid Corps World Map of Lives Saved with AEDs in a larger map

On Monday at the airport Nunez heart stopped beating.

That’s when Dale sprang into action, grabbing a nearby automatic defibrillator.

“To my surprise it said shock. The patient and I thought his is the real deal. He needed a shock to get his heart started again, so I delivered a shock,” Dale said.

After the shock Dale gave Nunez CPR, then shocked him again until he regained consciousness.

Tuesday afternoon Nunez personally thanked the officer for saving his life.

Tags: , , , ,

Tags: , , ,

Duty Free Shop Employee Save Traveller in Airport

Posted by cocreator on September 07, 2013
Events / No Comments

A duty-free shop worker saved a traveler who suffered a heart attack at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport by using an automated external defibrillator (AED) recently.

The employee of the Ever Rich Duty Free shop reacted quickly by using an AED and performing CPR on the 42-year-old Taiwanese traveler, who collapsed at the boarding lounge of the airport’s Second Terminal on the morning of Aug. 13, according to the Taoyuan International Airport Corporation (TIAC).

Because of the Ever Rich employee’s swift response and the timely arrival of paramedics, the traveler was revived.

Tags: , , , ,

Tags: , , ,