Vacationing nurse demonstrates need for AEDs

  1. A delay in Illinois Valley Community Hospital nurse Renee Olsen's travel schedule might have ended up saving the life of a man suffering from a heart attack Saturday in Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

    "Our flight was delayed, so we were leaving the waiting area to get a sandwich and the man collapsed," Olsen said.

    The man had stopped breathing and had no pulse. Olsen yelled for someone to bring one of the airport's automated external defibrillators.

    She said the man who brought the AED to her said he didn't even know what it was-he just remembered seeing AED on the airport wall and grabbed it.

    After one shock, the man's pulse restarted and he began breathing. Olsen said he was conscious, but didn't know what had just happened. He began chatting with her about how he was going to continue traveling that day.

    "I said 'No, no, I don't think so. I think you're going to be spending the night in the hospital,'" she said...

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  3. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from brian
    A delay in Illinois Valley Community Hospital nurse Renee Olsen's travel schedule might have ended up saving the life of a man suffering from a heart attack Saturday in Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

    "Our flight was delayed, so we were leaving the waiting area to get a sandwich and the man collapsed," Olsen said.

    The man had stopped breathing and had no pulse. Olsen yelled for someone to bring one of the airport's automated external defibrillators.

    She said the man who brought the AED to her said he didn't even know what it was-he just remembered seeing AED on the airport wall and grabbed it.

    After one shock, the man's pulse restarted and he began breathing. Olsen said he was conscious, but didn't know what had just happened. He began chatting with her about how he was going to continue traveling that day.

    "I said 'No, no, I don't think so. I think you're going to be spending the night in the hospital,'" she said...

    Full Story: http://www.newstrib.com/main.asp?Sec...bSectionID=334
    Hooray :hatparty: for a Huge-hearted samaritan. What a great experience.
  4. by   lpnstudentin2010
    that is just plain amazing
  5. by   Chad_KY_SRNA
    AEDs are wonderful! Last night there was a news story here in KY how the state was offering grant money to put AEDs on BLS EMS units, police cars, and fire engines in smaller communities. Zoll and Duracell give away free AEDs to school nurses. I just love the Duracell commercial where the boy who went into cardiac arrest and was defibrilated the year before at a basketball game graduates from high school.
  6. by   lpnstudentin2010
    I go to highschool and we have an AED in the school office which if you are qualified to use it, as I am, you can access it

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