REDDING, Conn. -- Redding first responders revived someone who stopped breathing and had no pulse at the Joel Barlow High School tennis courts earlier this month.
The Redding 911 Communication Center received a call at 5:09 p.m. on May 8 that a person was experiencing a medical emergency at the school's tennis courts. When emergency units were responding, it was reported that the patient had stopped breathing and a pulse could not be found.
Bystanders provided CPR with guidance from the emergency dispatchers, and Joel Barlow staff administered the school's automated external defibrillator. After a successful application, a shock was delivered and compressions were continued.
First responders from the Redding Fire & EMS Co. #1, West Redding Fire Department and the Redding Police Department arrived at 5:11 p.m. to provide medical treatment. Two additional shocks were delivered before an ambulance arrived, at which point a mechanical CPR device was applied to provide compressions. Advanced life support measures were established when a paramedic from the Western Connecticut Health Network arrived.
While en route to Danbury Hospital, advanced cardiac life support protocols were followed and the patient regained a heartbeat, spontaneous respirations and a measurable blood pressure. The patient was admitted to the hospital for care, and released several days later.
"It must be noted that without the early initiation of CPR, application and usage of an AED by Joel Barlow staff, and prompt response by Emergency Medical Service resources that this positive patient outcome could have been much different," Fire Chief Sean McKenney said in a statement. "The collaborative effort displayed by all entities involved defines the true essence of the Town of Redding."