The folks at CM Tucker Lumber in Pageland, S.C., made an investment in an automated external defibrillator (AED) program 11 years ago. Back in November, that decision paid off handsomely when employees used one of the company’s new Powerheart® G5 AEDs to save a co-worker’s life.
Bobby Rollings, a grader at the lumber company, was headed into the break room with co-workers on Nov. 30 when he suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and collapsed.
Two people began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Then supervisors trained in CPR and AED use arrived.
“Within 20 seconds of him hitting the ground, he was receiving compressions,” Mark Tucker, operations manager at CM Tucker, said. “The AED from our main office was there within a minute.”
Tucker quickly attached the AED’s pads to Rollings’ chest. After analyzing the heartbeat, the AED gave a Rollings a shock. Then its voice prompts instructed the rescuers as they resumed CPR.
The G5 administered a second shock just as the EMS team arrived. Tucker said the EMTs were able to focus on clearing Rollings’ airway while the Powerheart G5 continued to analyze his heart.
When the EMTs attached the AED they’d brought, it delivered a third shock. The combination of CPR and AED shocks succeed in reviving Rollings.
“He was talking when they left with him in the ambulance,” Tucker said.
Celebration after the rescue
Rollings was flown to a medical center cardiac unit in Pineville, S.C., where he was operated on and received two stents. He was able to return home just three days after the incident.
A week after his cardiac arrest, Rollings was able to attend an awards ceremony at CM Tucker recognizing the life-saving actions of his co-workers.
“If it weren’t for these people in this room, I wouldn’t be here,” Rollings said at the ceremony. “I say from the bottom of my little heart – it ain’t as big as it used to be – ‘thank you.’ My little girl and my little boy thank you all.”
He is scheduled to return to work Dec. 19.
Pleased with the AED investment
Mark Tucker says he was delighted with the capabilities of the Powerheart G5 device.
“I was not expecting the AED to walk me through doing compressions,” he said. “I was sure thankful for that ‘press, press, press’.”
Attaching the pads to Rollings’ chest was easy because they were interchangeable and could be placed on either side of the chest, he added.
“The Powerheart worked really, really well for us,” he said. “The local EMS told us that if we hadn’t had our AED shock him the first two times — well, by the time theirs arrived we were 8 minutes into the event and it could have been too late.”
Rollings’ rescue was the first time in 11 years that CM Tucker has had to use one of their AEDs. The company has two of the devices on site, and has now ordered a third.
“After Bobby, we realized it made the cost of the AED worth every single penny,” Mark Tucker told the Pageland Progressive newspaper.
For more information about the Powerheart G5 AED please contact Cardiac Science AED specialist Kyle Pflugner.