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#268839 - 04/07/14 03:59 AM Rescuers perform CPR for hours
dougwalkabout Offline
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This story is wonderful - almost hard to believe.

Volunteers on the spot, and then S&R crews, performed CPR on a (presumably) hypothermic woman for hours. And she survived!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-co...death-1.2591379

Wow. Just wow. Nicely done, people.

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#268840 - 04/07/14 10:27 AM Re: Rescuers perform CPR for hours [Re: dougwalkabout]
Phaedrus Offline
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Wow! That's really amazing. We toss the word "hero" around a lot but it really applies here- all involved in saving her are heroes.
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#268841 - 04/07/14 11:45 AM Re: Rescuers perform CPR for hours [Re: dougwalkabout]
hikermor Offline
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Great,inspiring story to start the week! You are not dead until you are warm and dead....
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#268842 - 04/07/14 02:44 PM Re: Rescuers perform CPR for hours [Re: dougwalkabout]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Wow!

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#268843 - 04/07/14 05:57 PM Re: Rescuers perform CPR for hours [Re: dougwalkabout]
Glock-A-Roo Offline
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Registered: 04/16/03
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Amazing story, thank you very much for posting it.

Originally Posted By: from the story
...She somehow got lost and disoriented, and wandered through trees and down a ridge, where she dropped her backpack along on a narrow trail and ended up falling feet-first into a tree well, about 10 or more metres off the trail.


This looks like further support for the concept of keeping critical gear on your person in case you lose your pack.

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#268845 - 04/07/14 06:11 PM Re: Rescuers perform CPR for hours [Re: dougwalkabout]
Russ Online   content
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The link in the article takes you to another article on Tree Wells . That article is a good read.

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#268850 - 04/07/14 10:20 PM Re: Rescuers perform CPR for hours [Re: dougwalkabout]
Teslinhiker Offline
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Registered: 12/14/09
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This story is receiving a lot of media coverage here and rightfully so. This young woman is very fortunate that her rescuers never gave up even after hours of CPR and really impresses upon the fact that sometimes, it is never too late to try and save a life...no matter how far away proper medical help and resources are.

The use of the Camelbak tube as a suction device is nothing short of brilliant.

I am sure that a lot of good will come out of this and possibly rewrite or enhance SOP's for not only SAR teams but also for hospital ER rooms.

All the rescuers; from the people immediately on the ground to the chopper crew to the hospital doctors and nurses are to be commended for pulling off the impossible that ultimately saved this young woman's life.
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#268855 - 04/08/14 01:41 AM Re: Rescuers perform CPR for hours [Re: Teslinhiker]
MDinana Offline
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Registered: 03/08/07
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Loc: Deep south... Carolina
They're not dead 'til they're warm and dead.

Amazing that it happened to an adult. Usually it's kids.

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#268864 - 04/08/14 04:18 PM Re: Rescuers perform CPR for hours [Re: Teslinhiker]
Glock-A-Roo Offline
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Originally Posted By: Teslinhiker
The use of the Camelbak tube as a suction device is nothing short of brilliant.


I read that and took note, but what I want to know is how they applied suction to the tube, without risking personal contamination. The Camelbak bladder would be no use in applying suction.

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#268865 - 04/08/14 05:20 PM Re: Rescuers perform CPR for hours [Re: Glock-A-Roo]
Arney Offline
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Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 2485
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: Glock-A-Roo
I read that and took note, but what I want to know is how they applied suction to the tube, without risking personal contamination. The Camelbak bladder would be no use in applying suction.

Amazing save! The stars really aligned for this one.

Regarding the suction question, I would assume that that they would only suction fluid partway into the tube from down in the airway and then remove the tube to blow out the fluid. I didn't see any mention of a CPR shield, so the rescuers were already exposing themselves. I'm curious if the retired paramedic made any mention of that risk.

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