In this week’s edition of the Archbold Buckeye, Rosemary Fisher, a nurse practitioner, describes how she and a man– a cardiologist– saved another man’s life with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The victim, a 52 year-old marathon runner named Ron, suffered cardiac arrest after just over a mile of a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) race. Fisher and the heart specialist were nearby when Ron collapsed.
While Fisher and the doctor were saving Ron’s life, two other persons approached and wanted to assist. They were willing to help, but didn’t know how.
There lies the problem– not enough people know how to give CPR.
It didn’t take a nurse practitioner and a cardiologist to save Ron’s life. Any person, with the right training, could have kept Ron alive until a rescue squad arrived.
Learning CPR doesn’t take long, and can be done for free or at a nominal cost. The Archbold-German Township Fire Department offers training, as does the Fulton County Health Center, American Red Cross, and other organizations.
The day after Ron’s life was saved, he was able to sit up in his hospital bed and enjoy breakfast with his family. Without life-saving CPR, his family would have been making funeral arrangements.
Cardiac arrest can happen almost anywhere, at anytime. CPR gives a person a chance to continue living.
Fisher said in 24 years as a nurse, she had never administered CPR outside of a hospital setting.
Once you receive CPR training, you may never use it. But if you face a situation where someone may die if they don’t get CPR, it’s the most important skill you’ve ever learned.