When a person suffers a cardiac arrest and falls to the ground, the person’s heart is usually not stopped, it is “fibrillating”. In other words, the lower chambers are beating so fast that they are not letting the heart fill and very little blood goes to the body.
The best way to convert this heart back to a normal beat is to shock (defibrillate) the heart as quickly as possible. For each minute that a heart is not shocked in this condition, there is a 10% chance that the patient will not make it. Medical personnel have been shocking people back to life for decades. It is the only single modality that has been too shown to save live lives in the prehospital setting.
More than 350,000 adult Americans die each year of sudden cardiac arrest. The event is unpredictable and can occur in patients with no history of cardiac disease or cardiac symptoms. The necessary response is rapid application of electrical shock.
In 1991, the Emergency Cardiac Care committee of the American Heart Association concluded that…”all emergency personnel should be trained and permitted to operate an appropirately maintained defibrillator, if their professional activities require that they respond to persons experiencing cardiac arrest.” AMT was shocking arrest victims; however, the PFD was unable to do this until they purchased their own defibrillators with the Foreign Firefighters Fund in 1996. Thus, they became a Basic-D unit. The Peoria Fired Department should have been permited to shock victims of caridac arrest for years and not have to wait for AMT to show up and administer the shock when the PFD was at the scene first.
Did the project medical director, Dr. Hevesy, ask the PFD to acquire these units? Did he talk to the City of Peoria to purchase these units for the PFD? Did he ever say or do anything to obstruct the PFD from becoming a defibrillation unit? Was he trying to protect AMT as being the only pre hospital service in Peoria that could shock the patient in a full cardiac arrest? What did Dr. Hevesy think about the AHA’s conclusion established in 1991 derived from research from the previous decade?
I took care of many cardiac arrest victims in the ER at OSF for 13 years. Many were brain dead. Were they shocked soon enough in Peoria?
- Introduction--Peoria's Medical Mafia
- Keith's Letter
- Conversations with Keith Steffen
- Keith Steffen and the Apostolic Christian Communit...
- Conversations with George
- Conflict of Interest
- OSF-AMT Relationship
- Emergency Room Overcrowding
- OSF Emergency Room Patient Satsifaction
- Fear at OSF
- Conversation with Sister Canisia
- Conversations in Church
- Sister Judith Ann
- Conversations With Chris
- Ethics Committee at OSF
- Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Heal...
- Patricia Gibson and Monsignor Rohlfs
- Picketing OSF
- Bishop Jenky Haitian Hearts Meeting---February, 20...
- Bishop Jenky's Threat
- Catholic Diocese Abandons Haitian Hearts
- Tom Carroll's Letter to Bishop Jenky---September, ...
- Bishop Jenky Rejects Catholic Tribunal Court
- Bishop Jenky's Response to Tribunal---November 17,...
- Paul Kramer--Executive Director Children's Hospita...
- OSF Cuts Haitian Hearts Funding--July, 2002
- Slow Down Surgery--Part I
- Slow Down Surgery--Part II
- Letter Regarding Delay of Surgery---November, 2002...
- Perfume, Pets, and Pediatrics
- Linda Arnold--OSF Foundation
- Letter to Illinois Attorney General---January 15, ...
- Willie's Pacemaker
- Jackson is Dying
- Joe Piccione---Ethics vs. Practice
- Diane's Letter to Joe Piccione and Patricia Gibson...
- Pleading OSF for Jackson's Life
- Letter to Sister, Keith, and Paul re: Jackson Jean...
- Jackson Jean-Baptiste Forum Article
- Jackson's Letter to Sister Judith Ann
- Washing Jackson's Feet
- Jackson Jean-Baptiste's Obituary
- Children's Hospital of Illinois Advisory Board
- Jackson Jean-Baptiste and Keith Steffen
- Jackson Shouldn't Have Died
- Emergency Medical Systems Failure in Peoria
- Peoria Journal Star Articles
- Firehouse Forum
- Cardiac Arrest
- Basic Drugs
- More Fear
- Trust in Physicians
- Questions for George, Rick, and Andrew
- On the Take
- Open Letter to Peoria Medical Society---January 6,...
- Questions About Matrix Consulting Group
- The Matrix Report
- Should Peoria Fire Department Sell Its Only Amubla...
- Let Peoria Fire Department Operate its Ambulance
- 19 Minutes Is Too Long
- Ambulance Monopoly Unhealthy for City
- Peoria City Council--August 9, 2005
- Peoria's Greed
- Peoria City Council---February 7, 2006
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