Archive - Oct 24, 2011

Archive - Oct 24, 2011

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EMT student assists on life-saving emergency call

[from the Franklin News-Post]
Monday, October 24, 2011
By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Staff Writer

A Franklin County High School Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student recently had a life-changing experience when she played a role in saving the life of a heart-attack victim.

Brittany Cook, 16, was at the Franklin County Department of Public Safety office in a study session with instructor Eric Newman when he received a "patient down" call.

Cook went with Newman to the scene of the emergency, where Dr. Charles Lane, medical director; Sherry Lane, a registered nurse and EMT; Tom Firebaugh, an EMT; and Ron Gearheart, Michael Pruitt and John Scott, paramedics, were performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the patient.

Several minutes into the resuscitation attempt, the patient regained a pulse and started breathing on his own, according to Newman. The patient was then transported to the hospital for treatment and later released, Newman said.

AED Petition Now Alliance Together with Clear Channel Outdoor Launches SCA Awareness Initiative

“To commemorate National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, Clear Channel Outdoor, Jacksonville, Florida Division, will display billboards with pictures of kids from across the nation whose lives were claimed by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA )” said Becky Cohn, Vice President of AED Petition Now Alliance. The billboard message reveals the incredible statistic that we lose 16 kids each day (5,760 annually) to SCA. Just as incredible, many people are unaware that, when an automated external defibrillator (AED) is applied to a SCA victim within the first minute after collapse, chances of survival are as high as 90% according to American Heart Association. Chances decrease 7-10% for every minute thereafter...with the average emergency response time being 10-12 minutes. This is why it’s vital that AEDs be available in schools and public recreation facilities. 

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