Woman gets second chance at life | SummitDaily.com

Woman gets second chance at life


A 73-year-old woman visiting Breckenridge has family, friends, Red, White and Blue firefighters, Summit County Ambulance Service paramedics and Flight For Life to thank for giving her a second chance at life.The woman suffered a heart attack last week and family members, along with a physician on scene – the woman’s nephew – started CPR until Red, White and Blue firefighters arrived. Paramedic Jim Levi used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to deliver an electrical shock to the woman’s heart.After the shock was delivered and CPR was continued for about a minute the woman’s heart began beating again on its own. Summit County Ambulance paramedic Wes Hyde gave her heart medicines until she could be transported to a Flight For Life helicopter and flown to St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver.”Quick acting from a doctor on scene to call 911, as well as providing CPR until firefighters arrived with the AED, helped with the positive outcome on this call,” said Lt. Kim Scott of Red, White and Blue Fire Department. “It really was a group effort, with everyone from the Breckenridge Police Department to Summit County Ambulance working together to give this patient the best possible care.”AEDs are used to detect a person’s heart rhythm. If necessary, it administers an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm in patients of sudden cardiac arrest. When a person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, chances of survival decrease by 7 to 10 percent for each minute that passes without defibrillation. A patient’s best chance for survival is when they are revived within four minutes.Summit County Ambulance Service and the Red Cross offer CPR, AED and first aid classes to the public. For information, contact the Summit County Ambulance Service office at (970) 668-5777 or the Red Cross at (970) 262-0530.

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