Detroit paramedic has heart attack while giving CPR to man having heart attack

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Detroit paramedic has heart attack while giving CPR to man having heart attack
Posted on: 6:37 am, August 20, 2013, by Sarah J. Clark



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(CNN) — Talk about dedication to the job.

Detroit paramedic Joseph Hardman is being hailed as a hero for performing CPR on a patient having a heart attack — even as he began to have one himself.

One doctor said the odds of this happening are “one in a million.”

“A sudden explosion-type feeling in my chest” is how Hardman, 47, described the incident.

Hardman’s partner drove him and the patient to the local hospital. Both men had identical stents put in to remove blockages, and both are recovering.

Hardman knows how lucky he was to already be on his way to an ER, telling reporters, “If I hadn’t been in the position I was in, I would have been deceased.”

“I would have to say one in a million is about appropriate” a hospital doctor said. “I haven’t ever seen it and I haven’t heard of it.”

Hardman has been working as a paramedic in Detroit for 15 years, and says he has no prior medical history of heart problems.

The blockage was found in a key artery that is often referred to by cardiologists as the “widow maker.”

Doctors say he likely faces months of rehab before he’ll be able to return to work.
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It happens....There was a guy who dropped dead at work around here about 2 years ago.
They now have a smoking bench outside the base in honor of him..
 

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One doctor said the odds of this happening are “one in a million.”
Exactly 1 in a million? If this isn't a precise statistical analysis, it doesn't need to be in the story.

It happens....There was a guy who dropped dead at work around here about 2 years ago.
They now have a smoking bench outside the base in honor of him..
Do you have a better or worse chance of survival if something happens to you on the job?

On one hand, you're in an ambulance with another guy trained to save you. Everything you need is right there. However, one of the two paramedics in the area (yourself) is incapacitated, and there's the possibility the other is preoccupied. This post probably belongs in the ponderings thread.
 

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Exactly 1 in a million? If this isn't a precise statistical analysis, it doesn't need to be in the story.



Do you have a better or worse chance of survival if something happens to you on the job?

On one hand, you're in an ambulance with another guy trained to save you. Everything you need is right there. However, one of the two paramedics in the area (yourself) is incapacitated, and there's the possibility the other is preoccupied. This post probably belongs in the ponderings thread.
most codes...we try to have 3 people working in the back of the bus..then of course, there are radios....
Protocols call for 5 people to work a code....but try fitting 5 people in the back of a moving ambulance working on a patient.
This is pretty vanilla.
 
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Sooo lazy
 

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because if they have a heart attack or stroke out at work, they're already in an ambulance
Not a lot we can do for strokes (at least where I work) just O-2 and transport with a healthy injection of diesel.
 
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Why? It's a decent movie.
I know it's a decent movie, but I have a lot of stuff to watch. So it just adds more to that never-ending list of stuff to watch.
 

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This is mind bending. Like having a tattoo of a butt with a butt-shaped tattoo placed on your butt.
 

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Unfortunately he survived and has to keep living in Detroit. My condolences sir.