From the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association:
At approximately 6:15 P.M. on August 3, 2011 Harford County 911 received a report of a possible cardiac arrest due to a drowning at a residence in the 1300 block of Quaker Church Road in the Darlington area. Local law enforcement and units from the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company were dispatched, and on arrival they found a six year old female patient.
The young girl had been swimming while she and her parents were visiting at a family friends’ residence, when she was discovered unconscious and not breathing in the swimming pool. She was quickly removed from the pool by adult guests at the residence. While two of the adults began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the girl, another called 911 to summon assistance.
Upon arrival of personnel from the Darlington Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company and the Harford County Sheriff’s Office the patient was conscious and breathing. After evaluation by paramedics it was determined that she would be transported to the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Baltimore for further diagnosis and treatment of her condition by Maryland State Police Helicopter.
On July 25, 2011 at 11:15 A.M. Harford County 911 dispatched the Whiteford Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Company to a report of a patient in cardiac arrest at the PNC Bank, located in the 2400 block of Whiteford Rd. in Whiteford, MD.
EMS units arrived 2 minutes after being dispatched to find that bank employees were performing CPR on a 56 year old male customer that had suddenly collapsed inside the establishment. Whiteford Volunteer Fire and EMS personnel confirmed that the patient was not breathing and in full cardiac arrest. They then started Advanced Life Support measures, packaged and transported the patient to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.
During the transport, through the continuing ALS treatment being provided the patient was successfully resuscitated and regained consciousness prior to arriving at the hospital. The patient was quickly evaluated by ER staff and diagnosed with a treatable cardiac condition. At this time, after further interventions by hospital staff the patient has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
In both incidents, citizen initiated CPR played a vital role in saving a life. There is no substitute for the rapid application of properly performed CPR, as well as other emergency medical procedures, in the case of a medical emergency involving one of your friends, neighbors, or loved ones. The actions taken by bystanders while notifying 911 and prior to the arrival of emergency personnel can, as in these cases, determine that a positive outcome may be achieved for the patient.