This video depicts a dramatic real life Sudden Cardiac Arrest caught on an office security camera. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is when a victim's heart literally stops beating without warning and instantaneously goes into life-ending fibrillation. Without prompt rescue by highly skilled CPR providers Wes Rogers would not have survived. With incredibly rapid response and excellent training, Portland's 911 - EMS system worked flawlessly to perform a near perfect high performance CPR rescue and literally bring this man back from the brink of death. But even in the modern medical era, this quality of rescue performance is not the norm. Especially when EMS is more than 4 minutes away.
Every 60-90 seconds in the United States another person dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Only 1% of victims typically survive without serious consequences to their health and family's future. Knowing what to do in the first few minutes is critical to a victim's survival.
What if no one had witnessed Wes Roger's collapse and called 911 immediately?
What if the Fire or EMS rescue was more than a few blocks away?
What if the victim were collapsed alone, or in a locked bathroom, or if he had been driving while this happened and was subsequently involved in a car crash?
The results could have been tragically different without immediate effective bystander intervention and care.
Please support your local community 911 EMS system and vote for all new tax support and upgrades for police and first aid rescue systems in your area. Everything we do to create rapid response has significant implications in everyone's health and safety.
Sign up for Smart 911 today if it's available in your location.
Take a local CPR class and get trained in the immediate use of an AED - Automated External Defibrillator.
Know where to find the nearest AED at any moment.
Farley J. Kautz