7:30 p.m., Nov. 22)
Gym club members use defibrilator to save man's life
Special to Orléans Online
gym club staff and an off-duty paraedic are being credited
for saving a man's life on Monday after he had collapsed
at the club from an apparent heart attack.
57 year-old male was lifting weights shortly after 9 a.m.
when witnesses saw him collapse to the floor. They approached
him and alerted staff at the facility. An off-duty paramedic
who was at the facility at that time also approached and
found the man without vital signs. CPR was started by
witnesses and facility staff retrieved a nearby AED (Automatic
shock was delivered by this device and the patients assessed
to have a strong pulse. Moments later paramedics arrived
as the man began to breathe on his own. A few minutes
after, he regained consciousness.
Upon arrival at the hospital, the man was conscious and
speaking to emergency room staff.
The Ottawa Paramedic Service credit the quick-thinking
staff and members at the facility for saving the man's
life. The incident is yet another example of the potential
outcome for cardiac arrest when an on-site AED is properly
used in conjunction with CPR.
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