A Textbook Case of the “Chain of Survival”

Doug Chrisman at the CIA

In a textbook case of the “Chain of Survival” — 9-1-1 was called, CPR started, and the AED used within just a few minutes of Doug Chrisman’s collapse.

It was early one Monday morning, and Doug, a student at the Culinary Institute of America, was busy skimming the stock in preparation for that day’s class. The stock didn’t make it. Doug did. His classmates saw the freshman from Missouri collapse, and one of them ran to get the nurse. The chef called the Safety Office and an AED was immediately brought to the scene. Doug was unresponsive and his pulse had disappeared, his face was turning blue — they only had minutes before he would die.

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