Squaw successfully defibrillates man | SierraSun.com

Squaw successfully defibrillates man

OLYMPIC VALLEY-A man resuscitated with an automated electronic defibrillator at Squaw Valley Ski Corp. Tuesday morning is alive at Washoe Medical Center in Reno.

According to Curtis Crooks, assistant ski patrol director at Squaw Valley, the patrol team got a call at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday about a “guest who crumpled in the Shirley Lake lift line.”

“He was pulseless and breathless when we got there,” Krooks said. “We brought an AED to the hill and shocked him. We were able to get a pulse. He was flown to Washoe Med. and his heart is doing just fine.”

Without the AED, Krooks doesn’t think the man would be alive today.

“What worked for this guy was the electricity,” Krooks said. “I don’t think he would have made it without it.”

The AED program at Squaw Valley is going into its third season and is the only one currently active at a ski resort on the North Shore.

Heavenly Valley on the South Shore is now in the process of implementing their own AED program as well.

“It’s just Heavenly and ourselves right now,” Krooks said. “You have to work in conjunction with a physician.”

The AED is a small, light weight device that ski patrollers can carry with them to any emergency medical scene, especially one involving an individual with heart problems.

The device is used to shock the heart and get it pumping again.

“About 90 percent of our ski patrollers can use this,” Krooks said.

“It’s really light, about the size of a lunch box.”

Krooks said the device has been used twice before since the program was implemented.

One time it was used on a trauma patient, and the other he couldn’t recall.

“Mainly, it (the AED) is most effective for a person with cardiac problems specifically,” Krooks said.

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