Cardiac arrests happen more often that you think and they can happen to anyone at any time.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually and 88-percent occur at home.
Over the past 6-months, emergency personnel in Rothschild have successfully performed four “Cardiac Saves,” where unresponsive patients were administered Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in the field and successfully treated at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston.
Emergency Department Staff from Ministry Saint Clare’s gathered with the Rothschild Fire Department on Wednesday August 28, to recognize 24 individuals from six area agencies for their role in these successful cardiac saves.
“This event is designed to recognize the professionalism of the personnel involved as well as reinforce the importance of CPR and the difference it can make when seconds matter most,” said Michael Clark, M.D., EMS Medical Director at Ministry Saint Clare’s.
For one of the survivors, 58-year old Karl Spaulding of Plover, May 7 started as another day on the job as an electrician. That day was different however as he was called to a job in Rothschild which is outside his normal work area of Stevens Point or Plover. It was while working on a hot day that he began to feel the symptoms of a heart attack. Colleagues called 911 and while he was being loaded into the ambulance, he went into cardiac arrest. “I am grateful to be a part of this recognition event and to meet the dedicated people who had the training and expertise to save my life,” said Spaulding.
Clark says that four cardiac arrests in a six month period for a department is rather high, but even more amazing is the fact that two of the events happened simultaneously in July which is almost unheard of.
“Effective CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival,” said Clark. “Sadly, less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive and we should take great pride in our community for the efforts of those recognized in this event.”
“Unfortunately, outcomes are not always this good and it’s great to be able to celebrate with these survivors and their families,” said Christine Veseley, 1st EMS Lieutenant with the Rothschild Fire Department.
Individuals recognized for the successful Cardiac Save on March 11, 2013 include:
Emily Dobeck , Rothschild Fire Department, William Isham, Rothschild Fire Department, Mary LaPorte, Rothschild Fire Department, Paul Tackes, Rothschild Fire Department, Glen Engebretson, Rothschild Fire Department, Shane Will, Rothschild Fire Department; Bryson Cruise, Ministry Spirit Medical Transport; Darren Honkanen, Rothschild Police Department, Trevor Ostrowski, Rothschild Police Department, Kevin Ostrowski, Rothschild Police Department; Terry Peterson, Everest Metro Police Department; Cody Krieg, Marathon County Sherriff’s Department.
Individuals recognized for the successful Cardiac Save on May 7, 2013 include:
Emily Dobeck, Rothschild Fire Department, Christine Veseley, Rothschild Fire Department; Bryson Cruise, Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation.
Individuals recognized for the successful Cardiac Saves on July 13, 2013 include:
Laura Berry, Rothschild Fire Department, Lori Connors, Rothschild Fire Department, Scott Pupp, Aspirus Medevac, , Bonnie Anderson, Aspirus Medevac, Kyle Jolin, Rothschild Police Department, Jeff Zwicky, Rothschild Police Department; Jacob Pribnow, Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation. Thomas Mahar, Rothschild Fire Department.