RT-1's Defibrillator put to good use
On Sunday the 20th of April the Rats Lifepak 1000 Defibrillator was used for the first time in "anger".
An elderly woman had run off the road near Darfield, presumably due to a cardiac issue. Bystanders coming across the accident found
Timing is of course critical in a cardiac arrest scene, the sooner the patient is defibrillated the better the chance of survival, from the time the call came to ambulance control to the time the Westwood's were able to defibrillate was 7 minutes (the ambulance arrived on scene 4 minutes later). The initial rhythm of the patient was VF and after one shock reverted to a sinus rhythm with eventual return of spontaneous circulation.
This is a great outcome. Although patient is still deemed to be seriously ill, she has been given the best chance at survival. Apart from experiencing a cardiac arrest the patient in many ways was very lucky, the bystanders on scene doing CPR included an ICU technician and a nurse and also lucky that a defibrillator was only minutes away.