School Staff Save Principal at Work

Posted by cocreator on May 31, 2014
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When the shiny new defibrillator was installed near the gymnasium at Queen Victoria Elementary School last fall, acting principal Steve Yull never dreamt he would be the first person to need it.

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He is only 41, had never had heart problems before and says he had no symptoms before he suddenly blacked out in a meeting room.

“I was speaking with one of the teachers one minute and then the next minute I wasn’t. I had no pain or shortness of breath — no feeling of anything remotely going wrong. But I guess something was pretty wrong,” says Yull, a father of two.

Steve Yull the Survivor Holly Shanlin the Saviour

Steve Yull the Survivor Holly Shanlin the Saviour

Luckily for Yull, Queen Victoria was equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Perhaps even more fortunate was that his friend and vice-principal Holly Shanlin was nearby at the time and able to use the life-saving device on him.

AEDs are becoming increasingly common in public buildings and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board hopes to have one in every school over the next few years. So far, 46 of the board’s 114 schools have the devices — through the Heart and Stroke Foundation — that use paddles to electroshock a patient out of cardiac arrest.

Shanlin had undergone defibrillator training and was trained in CPR and general first aid.

It was just after 4 p.m. on Feb. 20, a Thursday, when she was called from her office.

She found Yull face down on the floor, trying to breathe. She told one of the teachers to call 911 and then Yull stopped breathing. Shanlin rolled him over.

“I said, ‘I’m starting CPR now.’ And I told one teacher to get the AED. … I opened Steve’s shirt. As I was doing CPR, a teacher got the pads ready to go.

“We let the AED cycle through. It told us a shock was advised. So we shocked him. You could see him twitch and some colour came back in his face.

“I kept going with the CPR. … All of a sudden Steve took a breath, kind of gasping. So I stopped CPR. The paramedics came in and put oxygen on him. Two minutes after that, he started talking to us.”

Yull spent a week in hospital and is expected to be off work for several more weeks as he recuperates at home. He says doctors told him it was an unusual heart attack. He had no blockages and there were no apparent abnormalities with his heart. He doesn’t smoke and is in good shape. It was a case of something electrical going wrong.

“It’s definitely something that everyone at the school has been talking about,” Shanlin says.

The school, located on Forest Avenue in Corktown, has more than 500 children from kindergarten to Grade 8.

Teachers in higher grades have been using the experience as a chance for youngsters to learn about 911 and “how to go about getting help when you are in a situation that is bigger than you,” she says.

“It was quite an experience. It has affected all of us. We keep saying if it could be perfect, it was. The end result is that I still have a friend. Steve’s wife still has a husband and his kids still have a dad. Everybody still has their guy.”

Yull is believed to be the first staff member to be saved by a defibrillator at a board school.

“The doctors were clear that without Holly, the other life-saving measures and the defibrillator, I would not be here today,” he says.

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Snooker Player Saved by Staff & Bystanders during Game

Posted by cocreator on May 28, 2014
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A SNOOKER player’s life was saved by two bar workers who used a defibrillator which had been fitted just a week earlier.

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The St Mary’s Social and Recreation Club’s snooker team in Horwich were playing a match on Thursday night when one of the visiting players, Les Openshaw, collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.

Stephen Fisher, a bartender at the club in in Bosworth Street, set the defibrillator up with the help of customers and telephoned manager Susan Stewart, who had been trained to use the machine.

Stephen Fisher & Sue Stewart the Saviours

Stephen Fisher & Sue Stewart the Saviours

Ms Stewart, aged 42, of Arkwright Street, Horwich, said: “It was a very frightening experience. I was sitting at home in my pyjamas when I got the call saying a man had collapsed and I needed to get down there.

“I just told them to get the defibrillator from behind the bar and that it would tell them exactly what to do.

”When I arrived the defibrillator was just starting to deliver shocks so I knew his heart had stopped..

“Then I started doing CPR — I didn’t even hesitate.

“I thought about what I had been taught and just kept on until the ambulance arrived.

“It was terrifying but I was so glad I had done the training — otherwise I don’t think I would have known what to do.”

Mr Openshaw was taken to the Royal Bolton Hospital where he was put into an induced coma. The 86-year-old, who was playing for The Railway Club, in Great Lever, is now understood to be making a recovery in hospital.

Paramedics told Ms Stewart and Mr Fisher that had they not resuscitated the man, he would have died that night at the club.

Mr Fisher, aged 44, from Singleton Avenue in Farnworth, said: “I think your instincts kick in when something like that happens. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous at the time.

“All I could do was try to stay calm as I spoke to the operator and fetched the defibrillator from behind the bar. I dread to think what could have happened had the machine not been fitted eight days before.”

Ms Stewart said that every pub or social club like St Mary’s should have a defibrillator.

She added: “I couldn’t believe it. We’d only had it about a week and I was the only one who had had the training.

“But because it gives such clear instructions, Stephen was able to use it. What an amazing machine. I think every public place should have one.

“And as for Stephen, he was brilliant. Considering he had not done the training, it was amazing what he did. We’re all just hoping the man pulls through.”

David McNally, of North West Ambulance Service, said: “An incident like this emphasises just how important it is to have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on hand.

“AEDs are so simple to use and will only deliver a shock to the patient if necessary.”

In February last year, The Bolton News launched its Every School Leaver a Life Saver campaign.

The campaign promotes the teaching of emergency life saving skills in schools and for defibrillators to be placed in as many public places as possible.

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Staff & Bystanders Save Elderly Man in Club

Posted by cocreator on April 03, 2014
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Thursday, March 6, was an afternoon Jori Bourdon is certain she’ll never forget.

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That’s the afternoon Bourdon and others saved a life.

Bourdon is the general manager of Norton Pines Athletic Club, 1350 Judson Rd.

Around 1 p.m. March 6, Bourdon heard a shout from the club’s Level 2: “Call 911, a man is down.”

A member of the club, reportedly in his 70s, had suddenly collapsed. He wasn’t breathing, according to eyewitnesses.

Personnel at the front desk called 911, and Bourdon ran upstairs. A man was trying CPR. Bourdon took over with that, and another employee brought up a defibrillator.

A club member came up to help Bourdon with chest compressions. The AED was opened, and someone cut the man’s shirt off. Bourdon and another staffer put the device’s pads on his chest. The readout advised that shock be applied, so they did, and kept doing it until the device said no shock advised, Bourdon said.

They continued CPR and monitored the man to see if he was breathing. Around that time firefighter first responders arrived, followed quickly by a Professional Med Team ambulance and Norton Shores police.

“My training automatically kicked in,” Bourdon said. “I was shocked that I could hold myself together under a stressful situation and be able to perform CPR. Everything I had been trained to do came to me.”

Bourdon credits “very thorough” training courses for Norton Pines employees by the club’s safety instructor, Jack Redeker. All employees are CPR certified and trained in first aid and AED use, she said. The club holds a training class monthly.

“It is very important to have an AED and until I had to use it they were just three boxes placed strategically around the club,” Bourdon said. “We all know where they are, but they now have meaning to me.

“The paramedics said we did everything right and that the AED saved his life.”

The experience has changed her, Bourdon said.

“Even though the outcome was so positive, it is very emotional and it will change me forever,” she said. “I am so thankful that if something like this had to happen, I am glad that it happened here where we could help him.”

Rescue personnel were impressed at the response and the good results.

“When we walked in, the gentleman was still on the floor, was not yet conscious but was breathing,” Kinnucan said. “Within a matter of a couple of minutes after our arrival, he was talking to us.”

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Firefighter & YMCA Staff Save Elderly Man

Posted by cocreator on March 19, 2014
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This is the story of a small group of people who saved the life of a man who calls them his guardian angels:

Bill Tamaat the Survivor

Bill Tamaat the Survivor

Last month Bill Tamaat was going about his day but something was different about the way he was feeling.

“Going down the interstate the pain still didn’t go away, so i pulled up behind the YMCA and I thought, ‘well I’ll sit here and take a couple Aspirins. I ate a power bar and I thought it may go away, but it still didn’t,” said Bill.

He kept feeling that pain in his chest and before he knew it, he was out.

Bill said, “They said ‘Bill how are you doing?’ I said not very well, and within a split second, I was on the floor.”

Bill’s heart stopped, and that’s when his hero’s came to the rescue. Volunteer firefighter Fred Dekeyser was at the YMCA’s Briargate Center that day. He said there’s no better reward than saving a life.

Similarly, Mary and Alycia, who both work at the YMCA didn’t think twice about helping out. This was Alycia’s first time using her CPR skills.

“I just thought about what I needed to do and then afterwards I thought about the fact that he is a friend, and I am truly grateful that he is still here,” said Alycia.

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Waitress Save Elderly Man in Fast Food Restaurant

Posted by cocreator on March 19, 2014
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A Pizza Hut waitress is being hailed a hero after she helps save the life of a customer whose heart stopped beating.

Heather Bateman the Saviour

Heather Bateman the Saviour

It happened on February 24th at A Pizza Hut in Kendallville, Indiana.

Heather Bateman was waiting tables when she saw an elderly man passed out.

Turns out, Bateman used to be an emergency medical technician, so her medical instincts kicked in.

Bateman noticed the elderly man, Carl Weathers, had no pulse. She moved him to the floor and began CPR and chest compression.

“I really appreciate Heather and her manager to help me out that just shows you, the first responders are out there, and they do help you. You never know when something like that will happen,” said Weathers

“It’s always an amazing feeling. My adrenaline was obviously still pumping at the time. But I don’t call myself a hero. I like to help people,” explains Bateman.

Weather says he hopes to visit the pizza place soon to thank Bateman in person.

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