Two years ago, the volunteer emergency medical services in Seven Lakes, North Carolina, invested in two Powerheart G3 automated external defibrillators (AEDs). On Wednesday, one of those AEDs was involved in the rescue of man who collapsed with cardiac arrest while playing tennis at a country club.
“He’d been playing tennis at the club when he went down, and they’d called 911 immediately,” said Bob Haan, an EMT dispatched by 911. Bystanders administered CPR for five minutes while waiting for an AED — a strategy Haan said was key to the man’s survival.
A deputy sheriff on the scene began chest compressions, and then local paramedics arrived with a monitoring defibrillator. The paramedics took charge of the patient, who required two additional shocks but was breathing by the time the ambulance left for the hospital.
“When we got to the ER he was breathing and had a pulse, though we were assisting respiration,” Haan said. “At that point, the hospital took over.”
Haan reported yesterday that the man was in good condition at the hospital and would be undergoing surgery to get an implantable defibrillator.
The Seven Lakes volunteer EMS purchased its AEDs through a grant administered by the University of North Carolina.