Ordinary People doing Extraordinary Things
Emergencies are never planned and when they happen, it surprises people. Here are the stories of some of our students who were confronted with a medical emergency and stepped up to affect the outcome in a positive way.
Here are their stories:
“Incident: Elderly male passed out on sidewalk.
Hit head and had a laceration to scalp.
I assessed the situation and checked the patient to make sure he was ok
He was not breathing and I immediately asked some one to help me with CPR and another to call for help(911)
Unfortunately, no one wanted help with the CPR which I later found out was because they were concerned about the blood
I used the face mask that I got from my CPR training to do the breathing and compressions for the pt. It was a little difficult for the compressions b/c I had a back injury I was recovering from at the time but it worked out ok.
Help arrived and they took over care of the pt. He was shocked a couple of times and had a heart beat by the time the ambulance took him away.”
That is my moment of heroism that I am hoping made a great deal of difference for the pt. (M.S.)
“Jon, I just wanted to reach out and thank you for your service you do with us aboard our yacht. On my run this morning I passed my first “unresponsive” victim. There were 2 people on scene already, but whereas I may have kept running on the past, today, uncomfortably mind you, stopped. It was scary for me. She (thank God) had a pulse and my initial fear of (am I to actually have to perform CPR?! I have no mask, am I ready!!! Fearful questions to self were immediately put to rest momentarily)… But still unresponsive I called 911, put her in the position to keep airway open, and Jon, it was just eerie. It was clear she passed out the night before based on her appearance, so substances were likely, but still…wow. It all gives me a huge appreciation for the service you provide. Thank you, Jon. Have yourself a happy and healthy weekend!!!!” (K)
“I am the captain of a 100’ yacht and was walking down a NYC street when I noticed a man on the ground who was having CPR done on him by two bystanders. While the person breathing the man was doing a good job, the compression guy was only doing 5 compressions and then stopping. I thought about my training which was 30 compressions and 2 breaths and asked the guy doing the compressions if I could take over. We kept up 30 compressions and 2 breaths until EMS arrived.” (JC)
A trainer at a local community center saved his daughter’s life by doing the Heimlich Maneuver on her just 48 hours after being trained by us. She was choking on a small toy and the abdominal thrust we taught him enabled him to have her cough it up. It didn’t come up and out and she ended up swallowing it, but that is another story.
A dentist and his assistant were working on a patient’s teeth and the patient ended up inhaling the appliance. They used the Heimlich Maneuver to remove it from the patient’s airway. (E.C.)
A well-known upper West Side (NYC) deli relayed the following: “I was informed of a person who was unconscious outside our store in a car. There was an MD there and an EMT, both of whom were passing by. I took our AED off the wall and made it available for use. It analyzed the patient and said “no shock advised”, continue CPR. I was able to do this because of my Core CPR training.”
The receptionist in a well-known dental office took the Core CPR/AED course with others in her office and told us the following: “One night my husband got up from the table without saying anything and went into the bathroom. I thought that something might be wrong and followed him in there, only to find that he was choking and couldn’t breathe, cough or make a sound. I did the Heimlich on him and removed the obstruction. Thank God he didn’t lock the bathroom door.”
I am a coach at a school. I noticed an unconscious person on the PATH train and performed CPR on him until 911 arrived. (CF)
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