October 12, 2010 is a day the staff at FMH Rose Hill won’t soon forget. It was a typical day at first, with patients coming in for laboratory draws, imaging services and rehabilitation appointments. Then, in the midst of the busy waiting room, a man collapsed.
When emergency responders arrived, they took over CPR and defibrillated him again before they were able to find a pulse.
Lt. Thomas Nuse recognized the patient would be a good candidate for a new drug called Etomidate, which keeps patients from fighting the breating tube inserted during CPR. This was the first documented use of the drug in Frederick County.
After consulting with staff at Frederick Memorial Hospital, emergency responders also implemented a new hypothermia protocol for the first time, giving the man cold IV fluids to preserve brain function while blood flow was less than ideal. In a little more than 30 minutes, the man was transported to FMH where the Cardiac Catheterization team took over his treatment.
Quick thinking, action, teamwork and newly-approved treatments all came together to save this patient’s life.