Survival Stories

At 5:16 a.m. a page went out for FitchRona 44 (closest ALS) and City of Madison Engine 7 for a cardiac arrest in the city. Dispatchers informed the crew that the patient’s wife was doing compressions. Engine 7 arrived within 4 minutes of dispatch and immediately began CCR, upon EMS arrival perfect compressions were taking place at 100 per minute. Multiple shocks and multiple medications were given to the patient. Patient began moving his mouth and gasping. Pupils reactive to light! Transport was initiated. Patient continues to gasp and attempt to breathe on his own. Upon arrival at the ER patient’s rhythm remained in narrow sinus at a rate of 80-90 beats per minute.

43 minutes of shockable rhythms, 1 hour of compressions!

March 6th, 2008 - Jim