Posted by Bob Trenkamp on 11/14/2012

If you are one of the 376 airports in the U.S.A. and don't have a program like this, here are the instructions:

On October 17, a woman and her husband were on their way to the United Airlines ticket counter in Terminal 2 when the woman began experiencing difficulty breathing and collapsed. A United Customer Service Agent immediately began assisting and called out for anyone who knew CPR. A nurse practitioner was in the airport and rushed over. The United employee then called for assistance and found Airport Police Officer Eric Davis. Officer Davis immediately responded by grabbing an AED. Both the nurse practitioner and Officer Davis placed the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the woman and administered it. The woman then began breathing on her own, and all stayed with her until a rescue crew from the Phoenix Fire Department arrived on-scene. The woman was stabilized for transport to a local hospital.

“All three of these individuals did a great job and worked together to make this a successful outcome,” said Sergeant Jerry Hill of the Phoenix Police Department Airport Bureau. “Once again the AED proved to be an invaluable tool in helping to save a life.”

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport regularly trains employees and volunteers to administer CPR and correctly use AEDs in the event of an emergency. CPR Training is taught by Phoenix Fire Paramedics. More than 2,000 Airport employees and volunteer Navigators have been trained. There are also more than 85 AEDs available at Phoenix Sky Harbor, Phoenix Deer Valley and Phoenix Goodyear airports. There will even be AEDs on the PHX Sky Train™ and in the stations.

Published: October 22, 2012 by Sky Harbor airport