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Cardiac Arrest outside Delaware Stadium

posted Oct 6, 2014, 5:25 PM by Charles Mitchell
A 70 year old University of Delaware football fan suffered Sudden Cardiac Arrest outside the north end of Delaware Stadium on Saturday, October 4.  The medical emergency occurred at the conclusion of the game between the University of Delaware Blue Hens and the Sacred Heart University Pioneers.

The male patient complained of not feeling well, then collapsed into the arms of his son, who is a Firefighter / EMT with the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co of Newark and a career firefighter with the Wilmington Fire Department.  The patient's son initiated CPR, assisted by an Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co EMS bike team that had been patrolling the area.

An ambulance assigned to the game from the Delaware City Fire Co arrived.  The University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit ambulance and an Aetna (Newark Fire Department) ambulance responded from other parts of the stadium complex.  Two more roving EMS bike teams, one from Aetna H, H & L Co and one from the UD Emergency Care Unit followed.  A New Castle County Medic unit was in South Newark at the time of the incident and arrived 2 minutes after the initial EMS stadium units.

The patient was taken into the Delaware City ambulance where Advanced Life Support procedures were continued.  As the result of quick EMS intervention and care, the patient had a return of spontaneous circulation and respiration prior to arrival at the Christiana Hospital.

The American Heart Association says that sound training and life saving skills increase survival rate and the quality of life of patients suffering Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  The well coordinated effort by personnel from Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Co, the UD Emergency Care Unit ambulance, the Delaware City Fire Co and the New Castle County Paramedics resulted in a successful outcome for the patient.