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Nurse Save Colleague in Elementary School

Posted by cocreator on June 14, 2014
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Quick action in just minutes is what saved the life of an Upstate man who suffered a heart attack on the job at a Union elementary school.


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With a smile and a thumbs-up, a photo of Samuel Moorman taken by the Union Daily News shows him recovering at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. It was a happy ending to what staff at Foster Park Elementary called a nightmare situation.

Co-workers found Moorman slumped over, surrounded by the boxes he had been stacking in a back shed. They ran to find the school nurse, Kelly Walton, who set the school’s safety plan in motion.

She said that one person called 911 while others watched the parking lot to direct EMS. Another ran to get the closest AED (automated external defibrillator) and Walton started CPR on Moorman.

“I don’t see myself as a hero at all,” said Walton. “I feel like the Lord puts us in situations where we can help people. Then it’s just in my training to be able to do what we do and hold our head steady and just use the skills that we’ve learned.”

District officials said that all schools got the AEDs as part of a grant back in 2004, but this is the first time any of them needed to be used.

Superintendent Kristi Woodall said that whatever money was spent, is now well worth it.

Moorman is now listed in fair condition, at the CCU at Spartanburg Regional.

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Colleagues Save Man at Work just Months after Training

Posted by cocreator on March 11, 2014
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Last August, Tim Watson thought it might be a good idea to have a CPR class taught at Kool-Stop, the high-tech Lake Oswego bicycle brake company where he works as vice president. He also bought an AED in December – a sort of ounce-of-prevention Christmas present to company employees.


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But little did Watson realize that by late January, training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation would save the life of a 16-year employee.

“We trained all employees in August because we thought it was a good thing to know,” Watson said. “But we never imagined we would have to use our skills so soon.”

Aleksandr Ovanesyants the Survivor; Randy Smith, Ovanesyants, Tim Watson  Richard Everett the Saviours

Aleksandr Ovanesyants the Survivor; Randy Smith, Ovanesyants, Tim Watson Richard Everett the Saviours

On Jan. 20, Kool-Stop employees found Aleksandr Ovanesyants, 55, of Beaverton lying on the floor. He had stopped breathing and had no pulse at all. Following their training, the employees attached the automated external defibrillator and waited for the machine to tell them what to do.

But because Ovanesyants’ heart had completely stopped, the AED did not advise the employees to administer a shock. So, employees began performing CPR, exactly as they had been taught, giving Ovanesyants rhythmic chest compressions while someone called for help. Arriving firefighters confirmed that his heart had stopped.

“When I walked in the door, I had real concerns that we would not be able to bring Aleksandr back,” said Battalion Chief Jim Doane of the Lake Oswego Fire Department. “Having what we call a ‘flat line’ when we get there are not good odds of survival.”

But after a little while, Ovanesyants suddenly began breathing again. He was rushed to the hospital and was discharged after several days, with a new lease on life.

On Feb. 19, the Lake Oswego Fire Department presented Kool-Stop employees with Community Service Awards for saving Ovaneysants’ life.

Ovaneysants’ wife, Marina, joked at the award presentation that she told her husband CPR training probably was not necessary.

“I was so wrong,” she said. “I want to tell everyone to learn CPR.”

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Colleagues Save Man at Work with Defibrillator Installed on Same Day

Posted by cocreator on March 07, 2014
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In some situations, timing is everything.


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The same morning Bonfiglioli, a Hebron manufacturing company, installed an automated external defibrillator (AED), it was used to save the life of an employee who went into cardiac arrest.

“Essentially I was told I basically died and the defibrillator saved my life,” said Jackie Bartley, just 41, of Burlington.

Steve Duncan, Frank Baker, Marlon Mauldin and Dan Casnellie the Saviours

Steve Duncan, Frank Baker, Marlon Mauldin and Dan Casnellie the Saviours

He was in a meeting Feb. 19 with two other managers when he started getting hot, and he could not understand his co-workers, he said.

Then he woke up with people around him.

A weak muscle in his heart caused him to go into cardiac arrest, he said.

When Bartley lost consciousness, several employees responded, calling 911, performing CPR, and using the defibrillator.

Frank Baker was in the meeting with Bartley. He called it a miracle.

Even more so because employees had not gone through training yet; that was Feb. 24.

“To learn in the training that you have a 40 percent chance of surviving or bringing someone back to life, that hit it home for me,” Baker said. “I was like wow. I didn’t think much of it when we plugged it in. We though oh, he’ll come back out of this.”

Bonfiglioli vice president of operations David Hall said, “We as a company understand that everything fell into place at the right time.”

He said an AED as something that’s “not required, but nice to have.” The company said that, from a safety perspective, it wanted to make sure it was available “in a just-in-case situation.”

“(It’s) definitely one of the best investments we’ve ever made in our company,” said Hall.

“They saved his life, they really did,” Hebron Fire Protection District Capt. Tony Scheben said.

“They had this on so fast, he had a heart beat again before we got there,” he said.

He gave kudos to the company for having the AED, training its employees and “not being afraid to use it.”

“I think it’s a great example of how the forward thinking of the company really benefited their employees,” said Scheben. “The need for early access to these within the first minute or two of cardiac arrest makes a difference. Having them on-site is valuable to the time … If that can be done long before we get there, the outcome is usually much better.”

Bartley says acquiring an AED is the best thing any company can do.

“It saved my life,” he said. “There’s no other way to put it. I would not be here today without that device.”

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Staff Save Music Teacher in School

Posted by cocreator on December 09, 2013
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Some fast-acting teachers at Redmond’s Overlake School saved the life of a colleague today, according to a news release from that city’s fire department.


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As recounted in the release, a 54-year-old music teacher collapsed during class and became unconscious.

Hearing calls for help, teachers in nearby classrooms — one of whom is an instructor in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) — hurried to help.

His colleagues “shocked” the 54-year-old and managed to re-establish a heartbeat, according to the release.

The man was showing signs of life when Medic One and the fire department arrived.

The man was taken to Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center, where he is said to be in stable condition, according to the release.

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Doctor & Colleague Save Waitress in Restaurant

Posted by cocreator on November 28, 2013
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Student Paige Hurley was enjoying her once-in-a-lifetime trip to Australia.

Paige Hurley the Survivor

Paige Hurley the Survivor

The seemingly healthy 22-year-old was working as a waitress to help fund her travels around the stunning country.

Paige, who is a third year student at Leeds University, was about an hour into her shift when disaster struck. The theatre and performance student suddenly collapsed in front of horrified customers.

Stunned diners could be seen on CCTV footage wondering what to do to help her. At first they thought she may have just tripped over but then the harsh reality of the situation dawned on them.

Paige was unconscious and her heart had stopped beating. It had gone into cardiac arrest.

Thankfully there was a doctor in the restaurant who knew exactly what to do to save her life. He showed Paige’s boss how to administer CPR and he started chest compressions to help massage her heart.

There was a lifesaving defibrillator located upstairs in the shopping centre where the restaurant was located. By following the electronic device’s simple steps the quick-thinking volunteers helped to restart Paige’s heart.

Paige, now 24, said: “If it hadn’t been for the doctor and the nearby defibrillator then I might have died.

“I was just so lucky that there were people there at the time who were able to take over and offer assistance to me.

“It just makes you realise that there is a lot of kindness in strangers.

“And the only reason that they knew where the defibrillator was is because there was a guy there who went to the gym upstairs.

“I will always be thankful for the defibrillator that was next door that started my heart again.”

Paige was diagnosed with a heart condition called Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia or CPVT. The condition is connected to the rhythm of the heart and tends to show itself if the heart speeds up.

Paige now has a defibrillator fitted to her heart to help make sure that her heart maintains a regular rhythm.

And the defibrillator helped to save her life for a second time after she collapsed on stage during a production at Leeds University.

The performance student didn’t realise that exercise and stage nerves could impact on her condition.

She said: “I was giving it welly and my heart sped up to nearly 180 beats per minute.

“The defibrillator kicked in and restarted my heart before it got serious.

“One of the girls helped me up. I just looked around and carried on.”

Following the incident last year all of Paige’s co-workers decided to learn lifesaving first aid.

Her old restaurant even gave her a copy of the CCTV footage that captured the incident before she left.

She said: “It was just strange to see. I was extremely lucky.

“I think because of what happened all the people I was working with all started to decide to be fully trained in first aid. I was then able to give a little bit of awareness and realised that you need to know the basics of first aid.

“I think that it is a responsibility that we all should take seriously. Once you learn the basics it is not that hard. You shouldn’t be scared of doing first aid and a lot of people have said they would be terrified to use a defibrillator.

“There’s is nothing to be terrified about because you could be helping to save someone’s life. We should all try to help each other.

“One day if it happened to you then you will expect that same kind of treatment from strangers just like I did.

“It is just so important to know what to do.”

Paige now looks for defibrillators around Leeds wherever she goes.

She also hopes that the lifesaving electronic devices will be fitted in schools across the country.

She said: “I know how important it is to know exactly where they are.

“If you are going to have one then everyone needs to know about it.”

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