A motor vehicle collision (MVC) on a snowy rural highway or a remote farm accident. A hostile scene, unsafe for ambulance personnel to enter. A violent and out-of-control individual who may be sick, intoxicated, or in autistic crisis. A call to a private residence for a cardiac arrest or a call to a nursing home for a person who has shortness of breath. Who responds? Law Enforcement Officers (LEO’s) are often first on the scene to a wide range of 911 calls, particularly in communities where they are designated First Responders. They respond to medical and behavioral emergencies in public and private settings, from residences, nursing homes, and schools to crime scenes and other challenging and potentially hostile environments that may be too hazardous for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to immediately access. Special training is needed and EMS Education at HCMC has responded with a unique program, Tactical Emergency Medicine Peace Officer (TEMPO)™, specifically designed for law enforcement personnel.
When Dr. Carl Dean entered the Twin Cities Marathon, he wasn’t expecting to come in first place, but hoped to at least have a decent time. That changed when he caught up to a runner who had collapsed.
“I heard someone say, ‘I can’t feel a pulse.’ So I went over to the collapsed runner and with the help of another runner who had stopped, we started chest compressions,” explained Dr. Dean. “It was clear that this guy was in trouble.”
After performing two rounds of CPR, someone arrived with an AED and EMS professionals took over. The patient was revived, so Dr. Dean resumed the race. When asked if he finished, he said, “Yes, but my time was awful.”
But others might agree that his timing was perfect. Well done, Dr. Dean!