Duke Professor Saved by Four Students

(Left) The four Duke EMS students who resuscitated Professor George Grody (Right) from cardiac arrest include, from left to right: Kristen Bailey, Kirsten Bonawitz, Ritika Patil, and Kevin Labagnara.
(Left) The four Duke EMS students who resuscitated Professor George Grody (Right) from cardiac arrest include, from left to right: Kristen Bailey, Kirsten Bonawitz, Ritika Patil, and Kevin Labagnara.

A professor at Duke University was very fortunate to be nearby several Duke EMS Students when he suddenly fell unconscious and went into cardiac arrest during a Marketing Club meeting late one evening last week.
After club members realized their professor was not jokingly falling asleep during their meeting, they rushed to call for help in the library close by. Three students who are members of Duke EMS (a group of 30 students who provide basic life support on campus before professionals arrive) were studying in the library and rushed to aid prof George Grody by starting CPR.

A fourth member joined minutes later to assist in placing the AED on Grody. The defibrillator recommended a total of 3 shocks before Grody’s pulse finally return. Minutes later, Durham County Firefighters and EMS arrived to take over and continue advanced medical care.

For every minute of cardiac arrest without CPR, the chance of survival decreases between 7 to 10 percent according to the American Heart Association.

“The average response time for us to reach most buildings on campus is about 6 minutes,” Patil said. “The miracle was that we were in the library already.”

Another EMS Student, Kirsten Bonawitz said that it is critical that Duke staff be ready and available to respond to such situations, too. “We really need to have more AEDs installed in buildings and more staff trained on how to do CPR,” she said. “That would really help.” Read the original full story here.

As part of a well-designed AED program, you should be able to get an AED to a patient’s side within 3 minutes of the cardiac emergency onset. Learn more on AED placement here.

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