David Gliniecki is thankful for the Cardiac Arrest Survival Team
David Gliniecki While working out at Adventure 212 Fitness in Stevens Point, David Gliniecki, a 62-year-old retired teacher, lost consciousness and collapsed. His heart had stopped. Fortunately, the health club management team had not only installed an automated external defibrillator (AED) device, but the employer had also provided AED training for its employees.
When Gliniecki collapsed, the employees, a cardiac care nurse, and CPR instructor who happened to be at the facility, went to work. Together, they restarted Gliniecki's heart before the paramedics arrived on the scene. Without their efforts, David Gliniecki may not be alive today.
"I'd probably have died if help wasn't right there, despite how fast the EMS arrived," said Gliniecki. "A doctor took a look at my chart and said, ‘So you're the lucky one.'"
Gliniecki was very lucky. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the overall survival rate of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest hovers around 10 percent. However, if a heart attack victim receives CPR care from a bystander, the survival rate increases dramatically.
Unfortunately, just over half of respondents to an AHA survey were familiar with CPR and realistically, only about 40 percent of cardiac arrest victims actually receive some sort of CPR care from a bystander.
Today, Adventure 212 Fitness and David Gliniecki are members of the Cardiac Arrest Survival Team (CAST). CAST is a group of medical professionals, first responders, and concerned community members who want to increase the survival rate of Portage County residents struck by sudden cardiac arrest. Gliniecki joined as a community member and cardiac arrest survivor. "I want to help those who helped me, and help others survive," Gliniecki said.