DENVER, Co. - When an exhibitor at the Colorado Convention Center collapsed Monday without a pulse near the Blue Bear Cafe, it was pretty lucky he was surrounded by thousands of emergency doctors in Denver for a convention, including Dr. Jared Shell, an emergency physician from Chattanooga.
Three doctors rushed to the man's aid and saved his life by restarting his heart, said Elaine Slater, a spokeswoman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, who was hosting the convention.
"When someone stops breathing and has no pulse, immediate action is essential to saving his life," said Dr. David Pigott, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and one of the three responding physicians.
"We did CPR in shifts until EMS arrived to take him to the hospital. A physician near us just happened to have a CPR mask in her bag," Pigott said.
Dr. Jerry Edwards, an emergency physician in Clearwater, Fla., also helped in the resuscitation.
The doctors used a portable defibrillator at the convention center and revived the man, whose name was not released.
"If you're going to collapse, the middle of an emergency physicians' convention is probably about the best place to do it. The best news is that we have heard the patient is doing well!" said Pigott.
ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine, Salter said.Story courtesy www.thedenverchannel.com