EMS rapid response and training help save two lives in January

EMSCôte Saint-Luc, February 13, 2013 — Quick action from Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) first responders in January helped two people survive cardiac arrest—two incidents that highlight the skills and professionalism of the volunteer service.

On January 17, 2013, the Côte Saint-Luc EMS crew responded to a call for someone reported to be having convulsions. They  found a 30-something female in cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart develops an arrhythmia that causes it to stop beating. They delivered one electrical shock with their defibrillator and administered CPR before the Urgences-santé arrived on scene. The Urgences-santé crew delivered more shocks while en route to hospital. The patient was conscious in hospital and it is believed the patient will will suffer no long term effects from the incident. She was released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

On January 23, a 70-something male collapsed outside a food shop on Westminster. The primary Côte Saint-Luc EMS crew was busy on a pediatric trauma call, so another first responder was dispatched. When he arrived, the patient had no pulse. He delivered one electrical shock with a defibrillator and Urgences-santé arrived shortly thereafter. The patient regained a pulse and was breathing on his own. He was transported to hospital and has since been released to convalesce at home.

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for the public safety portfolio, thanked the first responders for providing exceptional services to the residents Côte Saint-Luc and visitors.

"Their quick action and sharp skills mean the difference between life and death," Councillor Nashen said.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS is a volunteer service that provides emergency response services to residents of Côte Saint-Luc, and has since 1990. More than 95 volunteers offer superior quality pre-hospital emergency medical care to the residents of and visitors to Côte Saint-Luc. Côte Saint-Luc EMS responds to more than 3,000 emergency calls each year,  arriving on scene in the critical first minutes of an emergency and often making the difference between life and death.


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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org, 514-485-8905.

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