New emergency protocol helps save lives

New emergency protocol helps save lives

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by ANN SHERIDAN / NBC Charlotte Staff

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Posted on February 7, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 7 at 8:01 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--  Bob Seitz owes everything to MEDIC.  The former Bank of America analyst shouldn’t be alive.

“Oh yeah, a heart attack.  I died seven to nine times,” he said.

But Seitz’s heart attack happened at the right time, the right place.

“Anything you can imagine went right that day,” she said MEDIC Susan Pollich.

She and her medic team  were armed with new training called Focused Cardiac Arrest when they responded to Seitz at the TransAmerica Building.

“It used to be you'd get a call that is a cardiac arrest and you'd think they're dead,”  said Pollich.

But in 2012 MEDIC trained paramedics using Focused Cardiac Arrest.  The protocol outlines four specific roles and calls for a lead to oversee it all.

“It used to be chaotic, it really did."

The new numbers are impressive.  Nationally, a patient has a 30 percent chance of surviving a heart attack.  But in 2012, MEDIC reports that 50 percent of the patients they responded to survived.

Pollich wants the numbers to grow even more.
 
“That was my first reunion.  I want more,” she said.
 

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