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Temple's Chief of Cardiology Commends Police Officer's Life-Saving Intervention
A man working in New Jersey was nearly killed when he was shocked by high-voltage transmission lines. Using CPR, a quick thinking Police Officer was able to get the worker's heart beating again before emergency response personnel arrived on the scene. Due to the severity of his injuries, the man was eventually taken to Temple University Hospital for treatment.
The Press of Atlantic City recently interviewed Daniel Edmundowicz, MD, MS, FACC, Chief of Cardiology at Temple University Hospital, about the man's near death-experience. Dr. Edmundowicz discussed how the heart and body is affected by this type of electrical shock, and why the actions taken by the Police Officer in this situation may have saved the man's life.
"So when the police pull up on scene, because the heart is just shaking and fibrillating, there is not going to be a pulse. They start compressing on the chest and supplying oxygen and that might have been enough to reset the rhythm and regain normal electrical activity. Fortunately, it sounds like he was not without oxygen for a long period of time and that he was able to come back," Dr. Edmundowicz said.
To read the entire article featured in The Press of Atlantic City, click here.
Date Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
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