There was a very close call at the Ottawa airport earlier this week and the Ottawa Paramedic Service says the incident shows what bystanders and law enforcement officers can do to save a life using CPR and a defibrillator.
On Tuesday evening (Feb 27th), the Ottawa Paramedic Service received a call for a male in cardiac arrest at the Ottawa International Airport. The 68 year old man was just getting off a plane when he collapsed to the ground. Witnesses immediately began CPR and were joined by American Airlines personnel, Ottawa Police Service Officers, Canada Border Services Agents and Airport Authority staff. They worked as a team and used a Public Access Defibrillator to deliver a shock to the patient. There are 17 such defibrillators at the airport.
When paramedics arrived, the patient had regained consciousness but did not recall the event. His only complaint was pain to his ribs from the CPR. Paramedics later transferred him to the Heart Institute for further treatment. He was in stable condition at that time. (Ottawa Paramedic Service news release)