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Community helps save a life with CPR (Photo) - 06/24/20

Grants Pass Fire Rescue along with American Medical Response responded to a reported person not breathing at 231 NE Terry Lane (WinCo). Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel found bystanders and WinCo employees administering CPR with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  CPR was performed for approximately 4 minutes, enough time for the brain to start dying had this action not taken place. 1 shock was administered by the AED before the arrival of EMS. Once on scene, EMS took over and successfully resuscitated the person within minutes. Paramedics and firefighters maintained spontaneous breathing and circulation during transport to the hospital.

This incident is of note because it is the ideal example of the desired combination of bystander CPR with AED, fast municipal firefighter and paramedic response, and definitive hospital intervention.

Grants Pass Fire Rescue thanks the heroic efforts of the bystanders who helped this person. We would like to remind everyone to learn CPR, AED use, and the cardiac chain of survival.

 

More information can be obtained at https://cpr.heart.org/en/resources/cpr-facts-and-stats/out-of-hospital-chain-of-survival

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