Shelbyville Daily Union

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May 2, 2014

PCH employees honored for cardiac response

PANA, IL -- A group of employees at Pana Community Hospital’s Rehab/Wellness Center were recognized for heroic efforts to save a man with CPR and an AED during a special ceremony today. Selena Reed, Cindy Witt, Mollie Beyers, Bryce Fortner, Stacy Vail and Julie Wafford worked together to perform compressions, give breaths, employ an AED, and notify EMS and family members on March 17th when patient Bill Peitzmann collapsed while exercising in the fitness center. Mr. Peitzmann was transported to the emergency room and eventually sent to Springfield for a cardiac procedure, and is thankfully doing well today.

The employees at Pana Community Hospital Rehab/Wellness Center were able to successfully complete the links in what is known as the Emergency Cardiovascular Care “Chain of Survival”:

• Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system

• Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions

• Rapid defibrillation

• Effective advanced life support

• Integrated post-cardiac arrest care

“I want to thank our staff for their heroic and life-saving efforts when responding to Mr. Peitzmann’s cardiac event,” stated Trina Casner, President and CEO of Pana Community Hospital. “All of our clinical staff receives CPR and AED training that prepares them for emergency situations such as this. The importance of this training is demonstrated in our staff’s quick response and their ability to use their skills to save someone’s life.”

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when someone’s heart suddenly stops beating with minimal warning, resulting in collapse. When someone is in sudden cardiac arrest, he or she suddenly loses consciousness, normal breathing stops, and there are no signs of life. It happens about 30-40 times a day in the State of Illinois, and only about 4 percent of people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive.

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