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August 28th was a day I will remember the rest of my life. We had two medical emergencies in which our folks had to administer First Aid/CPR. In both cases, our folks did and exceptional job and the treatment administered was effective in helping give the victims a chance they wouldn’t otherwise have gotten.
The first incident was in the morning at our Montour Quarry where a Manatt’s driver suffered a cardiac event. Unfortunately the man passed away Saturday afternoon. Our condolences are extended to his family and loved ones.
The second incident occurred at our CR South location at the end of the day. Our own Ray Taylor suffered, what was diagnosed as Sudden Cardiac Arrest. According to the American Heart Association (AHA) the survival rate for ‘out of hospital’ occurrences was only 11.4% in 2012 and 9.5% in 2013. As of this writing Ray is in CCU at St. Luke’s in Cedar Rapids and although his road to recovery is sure to be difficult, it is optimistically believed he will. The quick and appropriate actions taken by the crews at CR South bought Ray the time needed for emergency responders to arrive and provide the care needed and transport him to St. Luke’s where, in my opinion, their cardiac care capabilities are second to none. There were four trained individuals giving him CPR and a team of folks that made sure the area was safe for all and to show EMS where to find the victim. Can you imagine the time saved versus having a fire truck and ambulance trying to find their way into the pit to find Ray?
Ray’s family and loved ones have repeatedly expressed their appreciation for the folks that endeavored to give him that second chance. They have conveyed their desire to do something special for those guys; to which I have responded Ray’s recovery would be reward enough.
As a result of these two emergencies, I have learned a few things that I want to pass on to everyone that will help, should you or a loved one need emergent care. First, because CPR played such a vital role in both of these cases, I would like to pass on the following information from the AHA.
This June, in honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only® CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at heart.org/cpr. Once you have learned CPR, give 5 people you care about the power to save lives by equipping them to act quickly in a crisis.
Secondly, I want to praise you all for having filled out the Communications Form I passed out at the first of the year; you are receiving this e-mail because you provided that information. If you know of other employees that have yet to do that, please let them know. The form data is stored in the ‘Cloud’ where I can access it quickly and easily at any time. WQI has other means to keep that data, but since Ray’s incident happened after hours, I had no way to retrieve it. Since I didn’t have the emergency contact information that is part of the communications form, it was difficult to reach his family to let them know what had happened. I am sure all of us have people that want to know of an event such as this as timely as possible, so please help us do that.
The third thing I want to pass on is to include an ICE (in case of emergency) contact on your phone as emergency responders often look for that so they can contact loved ones. Also, most phones have an Emergency Call feature where contact data can be entered. It will allow a call to 911, even if the phone is locked and you can list emergency contacts as well. I have listed my wife, brother, and mother in my list, but everyone should list at least one person they feel is appropriate to receive that call.
A few more facts about 911 services and using your cell phone:
Although I believe it to be counter intuitive, 911 calls will not show up in your call log. You’re sometimes asked to provide details related to time and that tool isn’t available to you. Believe me when things like CPR are going on time has a way of being distorted.
All phones can call 911 whether or not they are ‘initialized’ or are not contracted with a carrier. It is a FCC regulation and a federal law requiring that as long as the phone has battery power to turn on it be capable of calling 911.
Calling 911 does not trigger your phone to transmit some sort of super signal that gets through when regular calls won’t. It does send out a different sort of transmission that is designed to connect you to a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) regardless of what towers your phone may have otherwise had permission to use. The signal is required to contain meaningful, accurate location information to help responders to find the correct location to provide assistance more quickly. If you have no service, you will not be able to talk but that information is being sent to the PSAP.
FCC tips for calling 911 (dispatcher if available will facilitate):
- Give your location
- Give your phone number so you can be called back if necessary
- Remember if the phone is not ‘initialized’ it has no number and you must call back
- Create the ICE contact on your phone
I hope you never have to call 911 emergency services, but if you do this information will help you.
John L Kulper