Monday morning, Nov. 2, got off to a frightening start at the Tucson office of worldwide engineering firm Aker Solutions.
Employee Chuck Musarra collapsed in his cubicle on the fifth floor, a victim of cardiac arrest.
Fortunately, there was an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the office and Musarra’s colleagues knew how to use it. They sprang into action.
Emergency Medical Services were summoned via a 911 phone call by Julie Norminton and Stacy Miller.
Nelson Leidenz initiated CPR and was relieved by Viral Doshi while Rene Nocos retrieved the AED.
Marc Gomez, Bob Hayes and Dan Warter arrived at Chuck’s cubicle. Marc Gomez began deploying the AED. Bob Hayes and Dan Warter opened Chuck’s shirt and applied the AED pads to Chuck’s chest.
The AED began analyzing the heart rhythm and advised to stay clear and then proceeded to deliver the first shock. Bob Hayes resumed compressions and Dan Warter began working airway management. The AED again analyzed the heart rhythm and delivered the second shock. Again, Bob Hayes resumed compressions and Dan Warter was working on managing the airway.
Tuscon Fire Department emergency services team arrived and transported Musarra to the hospital, where he was conscious on arrival. He underwent triple bypass surgery later that day, and is now recovering.
His colleagues at Aker Solutions are thrilled with the news—and the knowledge that, working together, with CPR and an AED, they saved a friend’s life.
“We had three or four people working CPR at different times, and at least a couple with the AED, plus a couple for some cool, calm thinking that made a difference,” Worter told us. “It was a group effort.”