St. David’s North Austin Medical Center Recognizes Survivors of Deadliest Heart Attack

♪ [music] ♪ – [Dr. Wozniak] So, here at North Austin
Medical Center, it’s a very special day today because we get to celebrate the
survivors of heart attacks that have… we have taken care of here. ♪ [music] ♪ – [Justin] Two years ago, May 30th, 2017,
I was in this hospital. September 18th, 2018, baby Jordan was born
right here in this hospital. – [Dr. Escott] For me, the
the cardiac arrest survivors really represents one of the most
significant victories in our battle, daily battles, against death. – [Daniel] It’s awesome.
Anytime when we can actually see a positive outcome and getting a chance to
know what we do matters is such an awesome thing to be able to be a part of
and be able to witness. ♪ [music] ♪ – I was dead. I stopped breathing.
The instructor, she knew CPR so she started doing CPR on me. – His heart stopped and thank God there
was immediate CPR administered and that was the difference between
Justin living or dying. – The bystanders who identified
that he was in cardiac arrest, recognizing that it happened,
starting CPR immediately, getting the AED that was available,
and notifying 911 were critical steps. – Justin’s story is a gold standard of
what should happen if we are all knowledgeable and empowered with knowing
what to do when these situations happen. – When we don’t see that happen,
our chance of survival in our city and county system is about 7.5%,
compared to 54% when those things do happen
in a timely fashion. – It’s amazing that I’m standing
right here to tell my story. – If we, as a community,
can learn from what happened here, use that as a call to action to say it’s
time that Austin becomes a major player in bystander CPR,
which it is not. It’s very simple to do
but it’s so important. – The Take10 program is a public access
program that actually allows us to bring and teach CPR in a very quick fashion.
It teaches people how to do chest-compression-only CPR and also
how to operate and use an AED. – From the EMS perspective,
from the public health perspective, the best investment that we can make
is on education and prevention. And I’m proud to see that St. David’s
spends a great deal of effort educating people about the signs
and symptoms of heart attack, about the risk factors for heart disease,
and in the teaching of CPR so that, if the event does happen,
we have a much better chance of saving that person. – There’s nothing more rewarding than that
and so to have this day for us to stop our busy lives and to focus and celebrate this
is very meaningful. It’s very inspiring. It sustains us through the hard times.
One of my favorite days of the year. ♪ [music] ♪

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