A West Sayville woman's life was saved by quick response and rescucitation skills by Community Ambulance crew members who used a defribrillator and CPR manuevers to revive the elderly female.
The crew got an emergency call Monday night about 8:30 p.m. that a woman was having chest pains and upon arrival discovered she was not breathing.
The crew assessed the patient and determined she was in cardiac arrest and immediately initiated cardio pulmonary resuscitation and attached an automated external defibrillator (AED), and began physically assisting the patient’s ventilations, according to a press report issued by the ambulance company.
After one shock was administered, two advanced life support providers arrived at the scene and began their interventions. The response team included EMT-CC Christopher LoPreto, EMT-CC Stephanie Golub, EMT Eric Farrell, EMT Valerie White, EMT Paul Mastronardi, Probationary Member Nick Felton and Youth Squad Member Kimberly Miller.
"By this time, the patient has regained a palpable pulse, and CPR was discontinued. The crew prepared the patient for transport to the hospital, and continued to assist with her ventilations," states the release.
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The female was taken to North Shore LIJ Southside Hospital with a strong pulse as well as an audible blood pressure.
"She was also breathing on her own, and was responsive to voice commands before the crew left the emergency room," according to the ambulance report. The woman is expected to make a full recovery.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 88 percent of sudden cardiac arrests occur in the home. The ambulance company release stated it is important to note that the lifesaving action came not from medications and advanced life support maneuvers, but quality CPR and AED use and the company encourages residents to become trained in CPR and AED operation.
The Community Ambulance Company has been providing emergency medical services to the residents of Sayville, West Sayville, Bayport, Bohemia, and Oakdale for the past 61 years. In 2011 the company answered over 4,100 calls for assistance.