A hockey player who collapsed from cardiac arrest saved by CPR from bystanders. The quick action of bystanders and arena employees successfully resuscitated a 48-year old man who went into cardiac arrest while playing hockey at the Minto Sports Complex on King Edward Avenue.
Ordeal at the arena
The bystanders quickly started CPR after the man collapsed while others were directed by a paramedics communications officer to the nearest defibrillator which was inside the complex. An employee of the University of Ottawa sports complex used the device to administer a shock to the patient which restored a pulse.
He was treated at the scene by paramedics who provided medication and continued resuscitative treatment as he was transported to the healthcare facility. The outcome would be different without the quick action of bystanders. The patient was listed in critical condition when he arrived at the hospital.
People who suffer from cardiac arrest have a window of just minutes before which the damage to their systems is too much to recover from.
The “Chain of Survival” which requires quick intervention from bystanders and easy access to defibrillators is aimed at saving the lives of people who go into cardiac arrest.
The prompt delivery of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using a defibrillator can save a life.
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