I must take some space here to report on the recent survival of a resident in Sudden Cardiac Arrest. This is where the “victim” collapses, is not responsive, and is not breathing. It is one of those “Golden Hour” situations where survival requires that all systems come together and mesh flawlessly.
Here are some of the pieces that came together to make this particular “Golden Hour” possible:
First – The husband knew the 2-step CPR method for Sudden Cardiac Arrest: 1: Call 911 (a portable speakerphone is a plus) and 2: Start deep, fast chest compressions ASAP. (Dispatch will help once they are on the line, so don’t worry about how many or rescue breaths – just pump.)
Second – “CPR in Progress” automatically kicked the 911 System into highest gear. While rigs were rolling, 911 Dispatchers coached the husband and attempted to contact neighbors until Emergency Responders arrived at the home.
Third – Emergency Responders performed their life-saving skills flawlessly (including the Automated External Defibrillator) before and during transport. They delivered her to advanced cardiac care in far better condition than they found her.
Fourth – Because EKG results were transmitted en route, the ambulance was directed to bypass Centralia and go to St. Pete’s where a Cardiac Response Team was ready and waiting to work their magic upon arrival.
The end result is our neighbor is home with some stints and 4 broken ribs (!) but no heart or brain damage. It was definitely a close call that I wouldn’t want see repeated. Expect to hear about upcoming CPR and AED trainings for our community…
Moving on to less adrenalin-pumping activities around Town: The biggest thing on the calendar is Saturday’s Sock Hop in the Auditorium. It starts at 2 p.m. and will end with the Town Potluck at 5 p.m. I know Steve, Sherry and the Line Dancers have a big show planned - don’t miss it! The Tip Jar will be donated to the Café flooring fund.
Sunday brings another Ice Cream Social at 6 p.m. and Card Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Come out and enjoy the treats and bring enough change (4 nickels, 4 dimes, 4 quarters and $1=$2.60) to play Card Bingo.