SPOILER ALERT: In a recent tense episode of Grey’s Anatomy, an earthquake shakes Seattle and the hospital receives a call from an 11-year-old girl named Ruby whose mom is hurt—and who can’t get ahold of 911 because the line is busy from the quake. Because she’s on a cell phone in a remote cabin outside the city, they’re having trouble tracking where she is, which leaves Amelia, Owen, and Webber to instruct the young girl how to perform CPR through the phone.
Earlier this month, 45-year-old Bill Hoppenrath collapsed at Coon Rapids Ice Center in Minnesota, where he is a member of a private hockey club. At the final minutes of a game, Hoppenrath suddenly experienced shortness of breath, feeling dizzy, and as he turned to pass the puck, fell to the ice. Fortunately, several of the members of the hockey club were off-duty or retired police officers, firefighters and paramedics trained in CPR and AEDs.
Ever heard someone say that “AEDs can cause more harm than good”? To the average person who has never worked with, or even heard of an AED, it may seem overwhelming to talk about using a medical device on another person. To an EMS worker, it is a common experience that needs no explanation. However, if survival rates for cardiac arrest are to improve, the public needs to be aware that their actions of using an AED can only help increase chances of survival.