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On February 6, 2017, two emergency calls involving unresponsive patients were received within 1 hour of each other and early intervention with Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), helped to save the lives of both victims.
The first cardiac victim went into arrest at a local fitness facility and the second victim went into cardiac arrest at the Lombard Police Department. The second victim was an officer from a neighboring community that was working with Lombard Police. Both cardiac patients were saved due to the swift actions of bystanders initiating CPR and the use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator.) Responding paramedics utilized the AED device on the first victim upon arrival, and the second victim was assisted by officers that had been trained to use the AED system. Lombard Firefighter/Paramedics used advanced cardiac life support measures including aggressive drug therapy, airway support, and heart monitoring. Both patients were transported to local hospitals.
“It is because of our training and our use of these AED’s that two lives were saved. Our AED’s are user friendly, light weight, bi-lingual and are designed to work well in the field,” said Deputy Police Chief Roy Newton. “Sometimes we’re on the scene before our firefighters and EMT’s. Seconds count when it comes to a cardiac event and if we can begin lifesaving efforts prior to the fire department arrival, we can save a life!”
According to the Lombard Fire Department Emergency Medical Officer Lt Frank Gallione, “It’s very unusual to have two cardiac arrest calls in this short of a time frame on the same day and with such positive outcomes. These situations illustrate the benefit of early intervention with CPR and an AED.”
“We had two lives saved. One by the Fire Department and one by Police Officers,” said Chair of the Public Safety & Transportation and Trustee Dan Whittington at a recent Village Board Meeting. “This proves that the AED machines are beneficial to our community. I’m very thankful for our first responders in saving the lives of these two individuals.”
The American Heart Association acknowledges that immediate access to defibrillation is the single biggest factor in increased survivability after a sudden cardiac event. For more information please contact Lombard Asst. Fire Chief Jerry Howell at (630)620-5736.