Medics, AED Save Township Trustee - @ JEMS.com


Medics, AED Save Township Trustee

 

 
 
 

JEMS.com Staff | | Monday, January 14, 2008


LOVELAND, Ohio-- If you_re going to go into cardiac arrest, it_s best to do it with an AED and trainedEMS providers nearby.

On January 3, Loveland-Symmes Fire District (LSFD) officials were at the Symmes Township Hall inLoveland for a township meeting. At the conclusion of the meeting, Fire Chief Otto Huber, EMT-A, went to the back room with Symmes Trustee Ken Bryant to make copies. When Bryant handed Huber a copy, he suffered a heart attack.

˙He said, ÂOh no_ and crumbled to the floor,Ó Huber said. Bryant did not have a pulse and was not breathing. Huber and the other LSFD officials started assisting Bryant while a township administrator ran to a Medtronics AED just 50 feet away.

Huber said Assistant Chief Tom Turner, a paramedic, used the AED to get Bryant_s heart beating. ˙He administered two shocks and continuous CPR, and the patient regained a pulse and then within a couple minutes regained consciousness,Ó Huber said. ˙At that point, the paramedic unit and the first responding ladder company arrived and continued with ALS procedures.Ó

They then packaged and transported the patient toBethesdaHospital, where the emergency room physician said, ˙Had it not been for the defibrillator, the patient would not have survived,Ó Huber said.

Since the incident, Bryant has received a five-way bypass.

˙I think the lesson in this is that we need to, as a fire andEMS community, impress upon our powers to be and our communities that early defibrillation and having our public trained in CPR is the difference between life and death,Ó Huber said. ˙The more AEDs we can put in their hands and CPR training we can give, the more saves we will have.Ó

Huber says all public buildings inLoveland-SymmesTownship, including schools, have AEDs, as do many of the industrial buildings and large retail outlets. Engine companies check AED batteries quarterly as a part of the LSFD fire prevention program. Huber estimated 99% of the township_s AEDs are by Physio-Control, Inc.

For more on this story,click here.


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Cardiac and Circulation, Industry News, Provider Wellness and Safety, Medical Emergencies

 
What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Improving Survival from Cardiac Arrest Using ACD-CPR + ITD

Using active compression-decompression CPR with an ITD has been shown to improve 1-year survival from cardiac arrest by 33%.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Three Injured in Philadelphia Collapse

Parapet wall falls through roof of store.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

California Firefighters save Man on Flight

Patient was conscious and talking when United flight landed.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Over Half of Seattle Fire Stations Test Positive for MRSA

Surprisingly high results come from test kits based on earlier study.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Hands On February 2015

Here’s a look at this month’s product hands on.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Nightwatch Series Premiere Party

JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman attends the series premiere of A&E's new reality show, "Nightwatch."
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Ottawa Chemical Investigation

Chemicals and suspicious package are probed at two locations
More >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >