SCA Strikes During Paramedic Class

SCA Strikes During Paramedic Class

January 22, 2007 – NEW YORK – Jeffrey Sanger, 39, was preparing for his paramedic training class at the Emergency Medical Service Training Center in Fort Totten, Queens last Friday, when he began to have chest pains and become pale and sweaty. Like many heart attack victims, he protested that he was okay. Then he collapsed in full cardiac arrest.

It turned into a perfect teaching moment. Paramedic instructors immediately gave Sanger cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and then used a defibrillator to shock his heart back to life. His breathing and heartbeat were restored within minutes and he was talking to his rescuers. He was later in stable condition at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

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