UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (CBSDC) — Employees of the Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning Commission saved the life of one of their own Thursday afternoon.
Shortly after noon, an adult male employee working at Watkins Regional Park in Kettering went into cardiac arrest. His coworkers quickly began performing CPR and used an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to aid the man until rescue personnel arrived on scene. The AED administered two shocks to the man.
Paramedics found the patient alert and conscious upon their arrival. He survived the heart attack and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.
“This incident demonstrates the necessity for community involvement in CPR training. This gentleman was afforded a much better chance of survival from his cardiac arrest due to the efforts of his co-worker who started CPR immediately,” said Fire/EMS Department Assistant Chief Dennis Wood. “Survival rates in sudden cardiac arrest drop drastically in cases where CPR is not started until after the arrival of EMS units. Recent changes to American Heart Association recommendations describe excellent improvements where bystanders initiate chest compressions only until EMS units can arrive. The addition of a facility automated external defibrillator again improves outcomes significantly.”