Right place, right time

By Jen Bookhout
Haysville Sun Times – April 10, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – May 6, 2014

Sedgwick County firefighters that were inspecting the new fire station in Haysville helped save a life before the station was even operational.

A group of firefighters, some on duty and some off duty, were at the new station to inspect the grounds and moving things in when a city employee collapsed in front of the building in apparent cardiac arrest.

“If someone needed help, regardless if they were on duty or off duty they would still go help them,” Sedgwick County Medical Officer Donald Paget said of the firefighters.

It was initially speculated that the man had been working on a light pole where there were some loose wires; however, this was determined to be inaccurate. The man was reported to have been speaking with ambulance personnel before arriving at the hospital, Paget said.

In the last two years, the Sedgwick County Fire Department implemented the Cardio Cerebral Resuscitation (CCR) Pit Crew protocol for cardiac arrest responses, Paget explained. This approach focuses on performing compressions and using defibrillation to get the heart beating again.

In this approach, first responders do not actively ventilate patients for the first six minutes during cardiac arrest, whereas previous protocols required that first responder begin ventilation procedures much earlier.

“Since we implemented the new protocol, we’ve see a significant uptick in survival rates of cardiac arrest responses,” Paget said.

The increased survival rates refer to patients who experienced cardiac arrest, were revived using the CCR Pit Crew protocol and later left the hospital to live normal lives, Paget explained. When responding to cardiac arrest calls, first responders use metronomes to keep the correct rhythm for compressions, trading positions with team members every two minutes, he said.

“Research around the world shows this method has better outcomes than the way we used to do CPR,” Paget said.

The newly built fire station is now open and operational. The grand opening will be April 28 at 10 a.m.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster