March 15 2006 - DEVICE DONATED TO TYLER AIRPORT BY TMF HEART INSTITUTE SAVES WOMAN'S LIFE

Press Release - March 15, 2006
DEVICE DONATED TO TYLER AIRPORT BY TMF HEART INSTITUTE SAVES WOMAN'S LIFE


 

(news release provided by the City of Tyler)

Press Release
For Immediate Release
March 15, 2006


Device at Airport Helped Save Passenger’s Life

A passenger arriving at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport is alive today due to the quick actions of fellow passengers and a device provided by a local hospital for just such an emergency.

The passenger collapsed near the security check-point after arriving in Tyler at about 5 p.m. on Thursday. At that time, a group of physicians and medical personnel were being screened to board the same plane on which she arrived. Witnesses said the physicians found the woman had no pulse and she had stopped breathing. She appeared to be having a heart attack. Fortunately, the airport had an automated external defibrillator (AED) mounted on the wall nearby. The medical personnel acted quickly and used the AED to help the passenger. She is now doing well at a local hospital.

The AED at the airport was donated by the Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute. The internal computer of the AED analyzes a patient’s hearth rhythm, making it possible for individuals without medical training to deliver potentially lifesaving treatment with the press of a button.

“We are glad that Trinity Mother Frances is a part of the airport and the services we provide. TMFHS provided and installed the system at no charge to the airport,” Airport Manager Davis Dickson said. “Additionally, they perform periodic maintenance of the device and provide training for airport employees. I feel better knowing we have such a device on the premises and that one of our passengers is alive today because of it.”

TMFHS officials were excited that the donation of the AED to the airport saved a passenger’s life.

“The time between a cardiac event and the arrival of EMS personnel is very critical,” said Michael J. Vintges, vice president, cardiac services, Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute. “The AED can be there for the patient before EMS arrives. For the last 23 years Trinity Mother Frances Health System has strived to make the latest cardiac equipment and procedures available to our patients.”

In the commotion, no one was able to get the names of the doctors who assisted this patient. After they saved her life, they got on their plane.

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