Stories: Downed Line and Life

A downed power line in Dallas, Texas puts a utility man into ventricular fibrillation.

This week’s story is told by James Moroney, who wrote the previous story.

I have a great Utility Customer in the Dallas, TX area.  He is a very strong believer in AEDs and wishes this there where a mandate for all Utility Trucks to purchase AEDs.  He and I have formed a very strong bond because I have sold him over 15 AEDs and provided him with the right material and resources to understand the importance.

He called me last week to let me know that just 25 miles from the utility company he works for there was a 29 year old gentleman who was employed by a different utility company out in the repairing a down power line. He had the understanding the power had been disabled and the power line was not active so he reached down to grab it and zap! his life was about to change forever.

The gentleman was shocked and sent his heart into VF.

His co-workers immediately began CPR it wasn’t long before they realized that wasn’t going to do anything so they grabbed for the AED and administered the pads to the chest where the vitals read a shock able rhythm and prompted the workers to hit the shock button.  Within seconds the young man’s heart was shocked back into a normal rhythm and he tried to get up and walk it off.  The ambulance crew showed up and took the man to the hospital and was kept over night for precautionary reasons; he was sent home the next day andwas back to work within 10 days.

This is just one of many stories that I hear however. It continues to amaze me that more people are not buying these devices.  I can’t think of a better feeling then heading up the purchase and educating your co-workers on the importance of AED’s and then have it save co-workers, yourself, or even a stranger.

AEDs are important!  Make sure your business and facilities are properly equipped and your staff is appropriately trained.

Do you have a story about being saved by or saving someone with the help of an AED?  Leave a reply and let us know or write a guest post!

Wishing you a long and healthy life!

Think Safe, making minutes matter.

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