Friday, August 03, 2007

Got Chills?

I received an e-mail this evening from a co-worker. It is a vivid reminder of how amazing it is to work around healthcare professionals. This particular person is an RN who works as an Educator for our company, she has been out of the clinical nursing role for several years...

Deon shared an amazing story this week and gave me permission to share it with you - this is an encounter she experienced on a flight Tuesday night. She was flying home to Phoenix after being at a client visit in New York: "For the second time, I have an exciting flight story to share: On my return flight from NY tonight (which was delayed into JFK related to an emergency on their flight)- we had another medical emergency on my flight out of JFK. They asked for anyone with healthcare experience - and no one answered. Finally, I put on my call light… and ended up assisting a woman who eventually lost consciousness. With the help of a flight attendant, two strong volunteers, and a pediatric nurse we were able to carry her to the back of the plane, lay her out on the floor, elevate her feet, and begin oxygen. Things still didn't feel right… so I asked if they had emergency supplies like a defibrillator and IV supplies. Naturally, we hit a rough patch of turbulence as things turned from bad to worse and she stopped breathing. We were able to provide supplemental oxygen via an ambu bag, I was able to get an IV started and we pushed a liter of fluids. I was still nervous (and she still didn't have a palpable blood pressure) and wanted to be prepared, so we cut her blouse and bra off and placed the defibrillator pads on her chest. I spoke with the pilot and asked that he radio for a doctor that could give medication orders if we needed to push cardiac medications, but by the time we collectively decided to make an emergency diversion, we were only 20 minutes outside of Phoenix. And then her heart stopped. With our help, the AED shocked her…. We got a heartbeat back, she was able to breathe on her own… and by the time the EMTs arrived on the tarmac she was actually conscious again."

4 comments:

MaineMomKC5 said...

Yes, I also got chills reading that!

~Seth & Nancy~ said...

that's amazing...sounds like God put your co-worker in just the right place at just the right time! (instead of putting you on that flight! :-)

T5M said...

Yes, another story about this same person:

- this is the second time she's saved someone's life while traveling for HD. The 1st time we were flying from SAT home to PHX and the Barista at Starbucks in the SAT airport had a seizure. She was in the backroom . . .it started with panic attack and she wouldn't let her co-worker call 911 as she didn't have insurance. . .the woman quickly declined and started to seize, D caught a glimpse of her through the open stock room door and jumped into action. She got her breathing again, offered her some HCing options and we still made our flight (barely) :-)

TheKeyRing said...

My goodness, what an adventure. I cannot decide if it would make me fly more or less to have been in those situations. Less because it would be so stressful, more because what a feeling it must be to know two lives have been saved by one person being there at just the right time.