Paramedics revive two cardiac arrest victims just hours apart -

Paramedics revive two cardiac arrest victims just hours apart

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. ( - Three paramedics took two emergency calls for cardiac arrests just hours apart - using new protocols, they they revived both victims.

“The chances of the same crew being called for two cardiac arrests in a single shift is extremely slim, but for both to have successful outcomes is absolutely unheard of.  Sunday was a once-in-a-career experience – one that the three of us will never forget," said Heather Briggs, one of two paramedics.

Paramedics Heather Briggs and Kelly Maull got the first call just before 9 a.m. Sunday. Paramedic Battalion Chief Sara Stewart joined the duo. While they assessed their patient for reported seizure activity, he went into cardiac arrest.  The team immediately started cardio-cerebral resuscitation, and within minutes, the patient regained a pulse and was responsive.

Just hours later, the trio got another call – a witnessed cardiac arrest in a nearby subdivision.  Briggs, Maull and Stewart made it to James Lampe, 46, in two minutes.  Lampe’s wife, Lana, is a registered nurse and started CPR while the crew was en route.  The paramedics provided care on the scene, and on the way to the hospital, Lampe started breathing on his own, regained a pulse, and could follow commands.

St. Charles County Ambulance District (SCCAD) Paramedics have used a new approach to cardiac arrest management called cardio-cerebral resuscitation (CCR) since June. SCCAD reached a 39 percent survival rate by implementing this back-to-basics approach; the national survival rate average for cardiac arrests is less than 10 percent.

SCCAD hopes to see survival rates improve further with Lifesaver CPR, a free training initiative aimed at getting people comfortable doing chest compressions until paramedics arrive. 

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