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Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Success Stories

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 2/17/11 10:34 AM

At en-Gauge, we are passionate about life safety, and we love to hear success stories about life safety devices that we monittor and track.  It is no surprise to us the number of success stores about Automated External Defibrillators that come accross our desks, but you may not know what a major role they play in saving lives

Here are a few of the stories so far from February.


Police Officers use AED to save man's life at YMCA in Framingham, MA

A man suffered what appears to be a heart attack while exercising at a YMCA.  Police officers responded to the 911 call and arrived before the ambulance.  In an article in the Metro West Daily News


The man was not breathing when the officers arrived, [Police spokesman] Brandolini said.automated-external-defibrillator


"They used an AED the YMCA provided for them, and they revived him before anyone else arrived," he said.


The man, whose name and age were not available, was taken to MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham. Doctors said the man may have suffered a heart attack. The man was conscious and talking when the officers later stopped by the hospital to check on him.


"The cardiologist said they did an outstanding job," said Brandolini. "He could have been a fatality. It appears they brought him back."


Georgia Police Officer Credited With Saving Man's Life With Defibrillator

As part a new program in DeKalb County, Georgie, all police officers went through training in the use of AED's and were certified in CPR.  One resident of Dunwoody is glad they did.  According to the Atlanta Journal Consitution:


Officer Dale Laskowski responded to a call on Mile Post Drive at about 5:45 p.m. on Feb. 3, according to police. When Laskowski arrived at the home, he noticed the man "was unresponsive and not breathing."


Laskowski then applied the pads of the Automated External Defibrillator and began assessing the man. When the officer determined there was no pulse, he administered CPR until the DeKalb County Fire Department arrived at the scene


It is always great to see local governments take a hand in improving life safety training and capability.


Hockey Trainer Saves Man's Life With Help of AED

Athletic Trainer Chris Walker was leaving the Comcast Arena after a recent game between the Everett Silverpops and Seattle Thunderbirds when he heard commotion coming from the community rink next door.  It is a good thing for 56-year-old recreational hockey player Barry Searles that he did.  Searles had suffered a heart attack and Walker jumped into action.

AED-Location-SignAccording to HeraldNet.com, a newspaper covering the Everett Region


Walker assessed Sarles’ condition, finding Sarles wasn’t breathing and had an irregular pulse. Walker called for the arena’s automatic external defibrillator (AED), which was promptly delivered by security staff member Jordan LaPier, and directed a bystander to call 911.

Walker had been trained in defibrillator use, but had never actually used one before.

“The AEDs are great because you don’t really have to do anything,” Walker said. “You turn them on and it starts to check right away. It analyzed for rhythm for him and said we needed to shock him. I told everybody to back up and hit the button to shock him.

“That’s the weird thing, the whole body jumps,” Walker added. “It’s just like it is on TV or the movies.”

After administering the shock, Walker repositioned Sarles in order to open an airway for the man to breathe. Walker and DeCrow then took turn administering CPR until the emergency medical services personnel arrived approximately five minutes later.

The EMTs shocked several more times before brining him to the hospital.  Walker was concerned that his efforts may have been in vain, but Searle made good progress once he arrived at the hospital for treatment. 

Chalk up another win for AED's


Bystander's Save Man with CPR and AED at Mall in Eureka, CA

Ordinary people can make all the difference in an emergency situation, and this was the case when a man collapsed in a mall in California.  According to the Times-Standard, a paper covering California's north coast, 


The efforts of two citizens helped crew members with the Eureka Fire Department save a life on Friday.

A single engine responded to the Bayshore Mall shortly after 8 a.m. to a report of a man collapsed on the ground unconscious, according to a press release. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters found two people performing CPR on the man and continued CPR with an automatic external defibrillator before an ambulance arrived.

The patient's pulse was restored on scene, according to the release, and on his way to the hospital he was breathing on his own and showed an increased level of consciousness.

These stories are more common than you can imagine.  It is clear how quickly AED's have become a vital part of a life safety program.  en-Gauge is the only company that tracks and monitors AED's electronically to ensure that they are available, charged and ready for use 24/7/365.  Contact us to learn how we can help you make sure your life safety devices are ready when you need them.

Topics: AED, Automatic External Defibrillator