Donations go to placing life saving AEDs in our community.
Hello everyone. I am an EMT in Santa Clara, CA. I have been an EMT for 3 years. I work for a small stand-by company not an ambulance company. Any EMT can tell you that after you finish your classes that using an AED is not something we do often, but it is a skill that we learn and keep up to date on. This past weekend there was a major run in San Francisco, CA were I was on the medical team. I was placed at the finish line. The medical director put me in charge of the AED, which meant that I wore it the whole time and stood at the finish line. I remember someone from the run telling me what an important job I had. Two hours into the race there was a male racer coming in towards the finish line that just fell to the floor. Within 30 seconds of him falling a nurse and I were on him. As the nurse checked for a pulse and didn't find one I opened the AED and hooked him up to it. After 4 shocks and several rounds of chest compressions the medical team and I were able to get back a pulse. Loaded him up into the ambulance to get him to the hospital. Being able to help possibly save a life is an amazing experience. Without the valuable training I learned I would not have been able to help this runner. Anyone can learn how to save a live. You don't have to be an EMT. Simply taking a CPR class will teach you how to use an AED correctly that could allow you to save a life. - Jeanette D.