Hennepin paramedic's life was saved by the CPR he teaches

  • Article by: Jeff Strickler , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 20, 2013 - 3:49 PM

He teaches it, preaches it, then needed it. A paramedic who has taught CPR for decades tells how he wound up on the opposite end of his life-saving job.

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hungry4newsMar. 20, 13 8:12 PM

Great story. I'm glad the ending was as happy as it was.. I am surprised that any first responder would continue to do CPR for over a hour. I assume once at HCMC the docs instructed them that their efforts weren't futile.

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jackpinesavMar. 21, 13 9:24 AM

Very good article. Just took a CPR class while wintering in Arizona. Learned that heart attack and cardiac arrest are DIFFERENT. That is why this gentleman recovered; the CPR kept oxygenated blood going to his organs that long until they got him going again.

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deneencMar. 21, 13 4:28 PM

It is estimated that over 50% all MDs in Minnesota received at least part of their training at HCMC, in addition to training students in pharmacy, nursing, lab, imaging, and therapies to name just a few. They provide level one trauma care to the entire state, If state tax dollars for hospitals should be given out, let it be HCMC who receives less than 5% of their revenues from county tax dollars.

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elle2008Mar. 21, 13 8:28 PM

Great outcome to a scary situation. So glad you are still with us! Now slow down!

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