Archive - Feb 7, 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - Feb 7, 2012 - SCA Article

Bystanders Use Airport's AED to Save a Life

DULUTH, MN - Bystanders used an automated external defibrillator and CPR to revive a woman who collapsed at Duluth International Airport on Sunday afternoon.

The woman was waiting to go through security when she collapsed. Bystanders, including a nurse, couldn't find a pulse or sign of breathing. A Transportation Security Administration supervisor ran to get one of the terminal's automated external defibrillators.

The nurse administered at least one shock and performed CPR until the woman became responsive.

When members of the full-time 148th Air National Guard Fire Department arrived on the scene, the victim was suffering a small seizure. The firefighters established an airway, gave her oxygen and stabilized her. After a few minutes, Duluth Fire Department personnel arrived to help until Gold Cross Ambulance came to transport the woman to Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center.

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