Re: A Life saved !__+
James Brown (aa473@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Fri, 2 Apr 1993 08:04:42 -0500
> As I posted to the list some time ago, our troop had just completed
> a second three hours of CPR training in the past year. Well, last
> meeting I found out that one of OUR scouts just put his training
> into practice. His FATHER had a heart attack at home! The scout
> called the paramedics and started CPR. His dad was still in full
> cardiac arrest when the paramedics arrived, but his dad is NOW
> recovering OK in the hospital, because a scout used his FIRST AID
> CPR training to keep his own Father alive! WOW! His name is
> Mike Curtis, and the troop has requested applications for a
> Life saving award. I guess you don't have to have the FULL Red
> Cross training and a card to perform successfully CPR afterall.
> Mike's training was good enough to save his Father's live.
> Don Izard, scouter
I have never taken such great pleasure in the chance to say "I
told you so"!!!!!! GREAT THATS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT.
Since Don and I took part of our chat on this off list let me
share some of what we were discussing.
The need for nonprofessionals to be confident and willing to
start CPR while waiting for advanced life support is the KEY
to successful Advanced Life Support (what the medics and Hospital
ER Code teams do). Basic life support as in this case rarely
revive the patient. However without it to by the time the
advanced team arrives all efforts fail.
Every scout troop should have at least one of the new inexpensive
mannequin and someone on staff with an instructor rating. Basic
code drills should be a regular (not weekly but often) feature of
meetings (skill games, patrol competitions etc) Not just something
the boys are exposed to once so they can quickly pick up first aid
and life saving merit badges before their one year certification
PS Don please pass on a message to Mike for me. I sure many folks
have congratulated him and just maybe he starting to wonder what
the big deal is anyway. Based on my experience as a paramedic HE
performed a miracle. Through out the whole history of the human race
the stopping of the heart has been the recognized "sign" of death.
Because of his quick action under stress his father who was dead
is alive. If Mike someday makes Eagle it will be the second biggest
accomplishment of his youth. jhb
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City