Staff Save Elderly Man at Train Station

Posted by cocreator on November 02, 2010
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Two Doncaster railway station staff have emerged as lifesaving heroes.

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John Webb and Carl Marsh-Smith sprung into action after seeing a 75-year-old passenger collapse on the platform next to Trafford Way.

They produced a defibrillator – a piece of equipment which uses an electrical current to restart a heart – to save his life.

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Carl was first on the scene and called for assistance. He began giving the man first aid. John responded to the call and arrived with the defibrillator, which he attached and operated.

The man was with his six-year-old granddaughter at the time.

A spokesman of the station said they sprung quickly into action and, after a quick assessment showed the man was not breathing, John and Carl acted on the platform while other staff arranged quick access for the ambulance crew to get to the casualty.

Other staff at the station helped by looking after and comforting the distressed six-year-old girl.

The man has since made a full recovery.

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Shopping Center Staff & Nurse Save Elderly Man

Posted by cocreator on October 27, 2010
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The importance of defibrillators in public places was highlighted when a man’s heart was restarted after he collapsed in Haverfordwest last Friday – the first time the town centre’s machine has been used.

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An 80-year-old man suffered a suspected heart attack and stopped breathing outside the Cwm Deri Vineyard shop but thanks to Riverside Shopping Centre worker Mike Davies’ first aid training – and a well placed defibrillator – he made it to hospital alive.

Haverfordwest has a defibrillator, located at Wimpey, provided by the Welsh Assembly, in conjunction with Health Commission Wales and the Welsh Ambulance Service in 2006.

Mike, along with other shop workers were trained in the use of the electric shock machines, often vital to restarting someone’s heart, by the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Time is of the essence for heart attack victims.

Early treatment, like that provided by Mike, who was helped by a retired nurse who was nearby, can mean the difference between life and death.

Mike said the retired nurse began CPR in the vital first minutes while he ran for the defibrillator, which gives you step-by-step instructions and logs vital data which can be used by ambulance and hospital staff.

“Hopefully it will be the last time I’ll use it,” said Mike, who went back to work as usual after the incident.

“It was a case of just do it. It was surreal, yes, but it had to be done. It did take a bit of time to sink in. I put the machine on and let the machine do it. The adrenaline was pumping and you do what you can.”

Riverside Shopping Centre manager Roland Keevil praised Mike’s quick thinking.

“We are very proud of him and delighted that he was able to offer his assistance.”

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Staff & Teammates Save Man in Hockey Rink

Posted by cocreator on October 16, 2010
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A defibrillator and some quick work and thinking by a few men helped save a life last week in West Kelowna.

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Mayor Doug Findlater told council at Tuesdays meeting, that on October 6th at Royal LePage Place, a man collapsed in the dressing room during a recreational hockey game.

Dave Stewart, a facilities employee who had just recently taken a course for Automated External Defibrillator training and 2 of the mans teammates helped quickly.

“When the ambulance arrived, paramedics took over. District staff have since been told that using the AED machine, saved the man’s life.”

Findlater says all staff working in the arena are required to have an up to date certification in first Aid and CPR.

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Store Employees Save Shopper

Posted by cocreator on August 17, 2010
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The day after the July floods, Terry Lee entered the Germantown store and never made it to the sump pumps.

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Lee says, “When I hit the floor. I just totally blacked out. Don’t know what happened, and they took over from there. They have their defibrillator in the store here. The went through their code blue.”

Manager Tom Pfeifer, and his trained staff first performed the newest recommended heart attack technique called “Heart Saver”.

“Paramedic service, they came here in 5-6 minutes. We had minimal time with you initially until they came.”

In those minutes Lee flat lined, which led to him being shocked by an automated external defibrillator.

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Water Park Staff Save 3 Year Old

Posted by cocreator on July 10, 2010
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Three-year-old Jaden Miller was enjoying a day with his parents at Rapids Water Park on July 4, in Riviera Beach, when, without any warning, his heart suddenly stopped.

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Jaden had just come down from the slide when the first signs appeared. “He’s was on my shoulder,” said his father. “I didn’t even know.”

“He grabbed his head like this,” the mother said, pulling at her hair. “You know, like when somebody’s having a stroke, and his eyes rolled back, and he just passed out.”

After suffering the excitement of the water ride, park officials “ran him to first aid,” explained Tina Hatcher, spokesperson for Rapids Water Park.

“They immediately started CPR. We have EMT on staff, so as soon as they started CPR, they had already gone to get the AED [Automated External Defibrillator] and shocked him.”

“They were trying to call his name, but he was unconscious,” said the boy’s mother. “He’s out of it. They couldn’t find any pulse, anything.”

“The AED was put on, and it shocked the heart back to normal,” said Dr. Ming-Lon Young, at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

Jaden was moved from St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm to Hollywood Memorial Hospital’s Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital where doctors implanted a pacemaker-like device that will shock his heart whenever he needs it. “So the patient’s very lucky to be alive,” said Young. “With treatment he can have a normal life, but he will need support.”

“He’s strong,” said his mother, Neffretti Miller. “He’s strong. He’s a good boy.”

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