On Oct. 7, in Novi Sad, Serbia, a railway station employee conducted the city’s first layperson rescue using an automated external defibrillator (аутоматизовани екстерни дефибрилатор).
A 55-year-old man had collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest on the platform at the city train station. According to a statement from the office of the Novi Sad mayor, a doctor and a nurse at the scene began chest compressions. Then railway switchman Goran Petrašin arrived with the train station’s Powerheart G3 AED. The rescuers followed the AED’s audio instructions to attach the pads, and the defibrillator administered a shock.
A team from the Institute for Emergency Medical Novi Sad arrived shortly afterward and continued professional first aid. The patient was transported to the Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Sremska Kamenica where his condition was listed as stable.
In Eastern Europe, Serbia is a leader in the movement to deploy automated external defibrillators in communities to saves lives. Cardiac Science has been involved in the recent launch of a public access defibrillation (PAD) program (“My Heart Is in Your Hands”) in Novi Sad, Serbia’s second-largest city. Six defibrillators are currently available in the city. Locations include the train station, the beach, the sports and business center, and at city hall.
The ground-breaking rescue was covered by the Serbian news media:
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