Edward Hospital’s EMS (Emergency Medical Services) “Run of the Quarter” for July-Sept. 2019 has been awarded to the Naperville Fire Dept.
On Sept. 9, Naperville Fire Department Medic 9 and Engine 9 responded to a call of a man at Nike Park who was unconscious, unresponsive and gasping for air.
While the Fire Department was on its way, bystanders performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the patient, who was playing tennis for about 10 minutes before the incident.
Upon arrival, Medic 9’s crew began cardiac monitoring and confirmed the patient was experiencing an abnormal heart rhythm. The crew used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to shock the patient, followed by manual CPR and then use of the Autopulse Resuscitation System that provides high-quality automated CPR.
The crew found it necessary to use the AED to shock the patient two more times before he began to breathe on his own at which time they stopped using Autopulse, but assisted the patient’s breathing with bag-valve-mask ventilation.
During the call, the crew was in regular contact with and was transmitting cardiac data to the Edward Hospital Emergency Department (ED). The patient was transported to the Edward ED for further treatment. Doctors later performed Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting on three blocked coronary arteries and placed an intra-aortic balloon pump to help the patient’s heart pump blood.
The patient was released from Edward Hospital one week later to continue cardiac rehabilitation.
In the “Run of the Quarter” program, the Edward EMS team reviews ambulance runs by pre-hospital providers and selects one to be recognized every three months based on the following criteria:
- Excellent communication from the field that resulted in the timely delivery of pertinent clinical information to the Edward ED staff
- Clear and thorough documentation
- Superior clinical assessment skills that resulted in accurate recognition of a clinical situation
- Behavior exceeding the call of duty in the field
- Superior partnership and teamwork with Edward Hospital