Archive - Aug 29, 2011

Archive - Aug 29, 2011


Hygienist's CPR saves heart-attack victim after wreck

By Terry Evans
tevans [at] star-telegram [dot] com

Star-Telegram / Ron T. Ennis

Dental hygienist Julie Watson looks over debris outside the dental clinic where she works on Bryant Irvin Road. Watson is credited with saving the life of a heart-attack victim who slammed his car into the clinic.

FORT WORTH — A dental hygienist is credited with saving a heart-attack victim's life after the car he was driving slammed through the wall of the dentist's office where she works.

Julie Watson performed CPR and used an automatic defibrillator on the man after he was pulled from his vehicle and placed on the ground outside Dr. Gary Pointer's dental clinic on Bryant Irvin Road.

There's a large problem with 'presenting rhythm' statistics.

Here's the deal...

When you have a sudden cardiac arrest, your heart has already progressed from a perfusing rhythm to a non-perfusing rhythm.

i.e., your heart is not pumping blood to your brain, and you are clinically dead.

The tracking systems report the "initial rhythm" as whatever the rhythm was when the first person with an AED or Cardiac Monitor got their gear wired to the patient.

If the rhythm was "shockable" and the device was an AED, we know that it was one of two or more well-known rhythms.

If the rhythm was described in terms of the specific rhythm, the device used was a cardiac monitor.

The officially recorded presenting rhythm is reported as "shockable" if an AED fired a blast and as whatever the paramedic on scene saw if the EMTs were the first on the scene and attached a heart monitor.

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