Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Clackamas Fire Honors Individuals Involved in the Chain of Survival


News Release from Clackamas Fire Dist. #1
Posted on FlashAlert: April 26th, 2017 11:13 AM
REMINDER: Clackamas Fire District #1 will hold its Chain of Survival Celebration and challenge coin presentation on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Providence Willamette Falls Community Center, 519 15th St., Oregon City, OR 97045. Open to any media to attend.

Each year, approximately 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital setting in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 90 percent of these events prove fatal, and the chance of survival decreases by 10 percent with every passing minute without CPR. When community members are willing and able to provide CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are readily available, the chances of a patient surviving a cardiac arrest event increases. Clackamas Fire's celebration recognizes those in the chain of survival who participated in saving the life of a cardiac arrest victim who was resuscitated and survived neurologically intact.

Clackamas Fire will honor nine cardiac arrest "saves" made up of 85 individuals involved in their chain of survival. The chain of survival participants includes bystanders who performed CPR prior to emergency crew arrival, Clackamas County 911 dispatchers who encouraged and coached bystander CPR, Clackamas Fire crews; and partnering agencies involved in the resuscitations includes, American Medical Response, Portland Fire & Rescue, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and the Oregon City Police Department.

Each individual will be presented with a special challenge coin. This coin is only given to those individuals who participated in the resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim who was successfully resuscitated in the field and survived neurologically intact. "This coin, literally, represents bringing someone back to life," said Division Chief Conway.

There will be seven cardiac arrest survivors and their spouses among the list of attendees, which is by invitation only and the media is welcome to attend. The survivors and rescuers will have the opportunity to meet each other for the first time.
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