While dining out Sunday evening on the island, a woman collapsed in cardiac arrest. As a registered nurse with 20-plus years of ER experience, I responded.
My first question to management (after assuring that 911 was called), was to ask for an Automated External Defibrillator. The restaurant did not have one.
I am saddened that the availability of these lifesaving devices is still an issue. This is a device that costs about $1,500, and has been shown in robust clinical trials to save lives. When Galveston EMS arrived the heart rhythm they found was exactly what AED's are designed to address.
Most CPR classes now include AED use as part of their training. I want to encourage businesses that serve the public to make this investment. They do save lives. Kudos as well to the paramedics who responded. Outstanding performance on their part to treat this patient. We are grateful to have them.