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8th-grade cardiac arrest victim resuscitated through quick-thinking

8th-grade cardiac arrest victim resuscitated through quick-thinking

Taipei, June 8 (CNA) An eighth grader at Dacheng Junior High School in Puli, Nantou County, celebrated his birthday Monday after suffering a near-death experience caused by sudden cardiac arrest, with his mother thanking those who brought her son back to life with their immediate and correct resuscitation procedure. The teenager, identified only by his surname Chen to protect his privacy, was a healthy student passionate about dancing. He suddenly lost consciousness during class May 26, and had no pulse when the school nurse reached him. Without wasting any time, the nurse performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the student and was joined by the principal and other teachers, who continued the procedure until an ambulance arrived. The paramedics at once affixed an automated external defibrillator (AED) monitoring patch to Chen's chest, which diagnosed the boy with ventricle fibrillation (VF) and suggested an electric shock of 120 joules. "It was the successful CPR plus the AED procedure that saved Chen from death," said Chang Jeng-cheng (???), head of the intensive care unit of the Children's Hospital of China Medical University Hospital in Taichung, central Taiwan, during Monday's birthday party, which was held at the hospital. When a healthy teenager is hit by sudden cardiac arrest, VF should be listed as the first possible cause, Chang said, adding that AED should be used at once. Both CPR and AED are the most efficient ways to resuscitate a sudden cardiac arrest victim, the cardiology pediatrician said, suggesting that school teachers and staff should be trained in the emergency resuscitation skills. An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of VF and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and can deliver life-saving electrical defibrillation. (By Sophia Chen and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-27 14:42 GMT+08:00