Kahuku clinic pair help aid school’s AD

Many spring into ac­tion dur­ing a driver’s car­diac-ar­rest emer­gency

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL & BUSINESS - By Leila Fu­ji­mori lfu­ji­mori@starad­ver­tiser.com

Aden­tist and den­tal as­sis­tant staffing the health clinic at Kahuku High School Wed­nes­day morn­ing per­formed car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion on the school’s ath­letic di­rec­tor af­ter she re­port­edly went into car­diac ar­rest and crashed her car in the school park­ing lot.

Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Gil­lian Ya­m­a­gata re­port­edly lost con­scious­ness as her car slowly trav­eled into the park­ing lot, col­lided with an­other car and plowed through a fence at the school. She was taken in crit­i­cal con­di­tion to a hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to city Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices spokes­woman Shayne En­right.

Dr. Don Sand, den­tist and di­rec­tor of the den­tal depart­ment at the Ko‘olauloa Health Cen­ter, which runs Kahuku’s Red Raider Health Cen­ter, called the pair — Dr. Joe Mayer, a den­tist, and den­tal as­sis­tant Josie Ma­iava — he­roes.

Mayer said in re­sponse: “Just as rais­ing a child takes a vil­lage, the same is true in med­i­cal emer­gen­cies. From the per­son who ran into the med­i­cal clinic to the per­son who broke the win­dow out and climbed in and un­locked the doors … to the per­son who di­aled 911 that got the paramedics there, there’s so much credit to go around.”

MAYER said a large man, roughly 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-4, found a co­conut, “told me to get out of the way, which I obliged, and he hurled that thing through the back win­dow and shat­tered it.”

“Other peo­ple were start­ing to knock out more of the glass,” said Mayer, who was con­cerned that the man might cut him­self be­cause “he was a big guy, but he was de­ter­mined.”

He said the fire sta­tion is just a few hun­dred feet away, and the Fire Depart­ment re­sponded quickly.

En­right said paramedics ar­rived at the school at 8:35 a.m. and treated a 57-year-old woman, who had gone into car­diac ar­rest. En­right said the woman ap­par­ently ex­pe­ri­enced a med­i­cal emer­gency, had her foot on the gas and crashed into an­other car.

She said by­s­tanders had be­gun CPR when paramedics ar­rived.

“It’s be­cause they started CPR so early, they gave her a chance,” En­right said. “They dra­mat­i­cally in­creased her chance of sur­vival.”

Re­spond­ing fire­fight­ers used a por­ta­ble de­fib­ril­la­tor to treat the woman, she said.

Mayer said the state Board of Med­i­cal Ex­am­in­ers re­quires den­tists and den­tal as­sis­tants to be CPR-cer­ti­fied, not just go through train­ing.

“The more peo­ple who know CPR, the bet­ter the chances are of sur­viv­ing,” he said. “If you get there within four min­utes, you can move oxy­gen to the brain.”

Mayer vis­ited Ya­m­a­gata Wed­nes­day night at Wahi­awa Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, but de­clined to say how she was do­ing.

“We won’t know that un­til 48 hours from now,” he said.




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