Lo­cal team hon­ored for sav­ing man’s life

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STEVENSVILLE — The dra­matic and well-or­ches­trated res­cue of a 73-year-old man in car­diac ar­rest on the Bay Bridge in the mid­dle of thou­sands of race con­tes­tants earned the Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices the Mary­land Star of Life Award. Also earn­ing

in­di­vid­ual awards for that act were Queen Anne’s County EMT/PSDII Justin Parsons; Dorch­ester County EMT Charles Lay­field and Para­medic Ed­ward Dean; Charles County Para­medic Don Gi­ampetroni; Pre­ston VFD EMT Emma North; and Anne Arun­del County FD EMT/FF Har­vard Ho­hensee. The award is given each year by the Mary­land In­sti­tute for Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices Sys­tems.

Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices Di­rec­tor Scott Haas’ nom­i­na­tion let­ter tells the story. “On Sun­day, Novem­ber 8, 2015, the se­cond an­nual 10K Across the Bay was held; bring­ing over 21,000 par­tic­i­pants across the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Bridge. This high-pro­file and well at­tended event swells the pop­u­la­tion of Queen Anne’s County by over 50 per­cent. In or­der to pro­vide ef­fec­tive EMS re­sources, Queen Anne’s County DES en­lists the help of neigh­bor­ing EMS agen­cies, to­tal­ing over 65 per­son­nel rep­re­sent­ing eight coun­ties. These agen­cies sup­ply trans­port units, gators, bike teams and EMS per­son­nel to en­sure a con­tin­u­ous EMS pres­ence along the en­tire course.

“Af­ter a seem­ingly un­event­ful first half of the event, ra­dio traf­fic erupted with a re­port of a man fall­ing near mile marker 34.7. By­standers wit­nessed a man collapse and no­ticed he was mo­tion­less. A num­ber of civil­ian by­standers, as well as off duty EMT Har­vard Ho­hensee, rolled the man onto his back and dis­cov­ered his was ap­neic (not breath­ing) and pulse less. They ini­ti­ated CPR and alerted the crew from Dorch­ester County EMS. Para­medic Ed­ward Dean and EMT Charles Lay­field were stand­ing be­side their unit when they heard a com­mo­tion and wit­nessed per­son­nel per­form­ing CPR on the col­lapsed vic­tim, just feet away from their para­medic unit. They ap­plied their mon­i­tor and ad­min­is­tered a de­fib­ril­la­tion. The pa­tient was quickly loaded into the para­medic unit and ALS care was con­tin­ued.”

“Ra­dio traf­fic was in­tense and Pub­lic Safety Dis­patcher Justin Parsons co­or­di­nated the re­sponse of ad­di­tional units to as­sist Dorch­ester County’s Para­medic Unit,” said Haas. “Para­medic Don Glam­petroni of Charles County was nearby and as­sisted with pa­tient care as the se­cond ALS provider. Due to the large vol­ume of run­ners on the bridge, the para­medic unit was slow to make their way to the East­ern Shore. The bridge was ex­tremely con­gested and it was im­pos­si­ble to get ad­di­tional re­sources up to the para­medic unit. How­ever, wait­ing for them was Emma North of the Pre­ston Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany. Emma was staffing a gator (util­ity ve­hi­cle) near the base of the bridge, and joined the Dorch­ester crew as a driver, free­ing up EMT Lay­field to as­sist his part­ner in the back of the unit.”

Haas said the crew was then able to head across the west­bound bridge, trans­port­ing to Anne Arun­del Med­i­cal Cen­ter. They re­ported the pa­tient had a re­turn of spon­ta­neous cir­cu­la­tion.

Parsons and the Com­mand Staff of the Queen Anne’s County Com­mand Post worked with nu­mer­ous agen­cies to as­sist with this in­ci­dent. This in­cluded work­ing with the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice to lo­cate the pa­tient’s wife and have her trans­ported the hos­pi­tal. Staff from AAMC were at the com­mand post and made no­ti­fi­ca­tions to the hos­pi­tal in prepa­ra­tion the man’s con­tin­u­a­tion of care. The com­mand staff then turned their at­ten­tion to re­lo­cat­ing EMS re­sources to en­sure con­tin­ued cov­er­age of the race.

“It is im­por­tant to note,” said Haas, “The units and per­son­nel in­volved in this suc­cess­ful re­sus­ci­ta­tion had never worked with one an­other. Per­son­nel re­mained calm, pro­fes­sional and worked ex­ceed­ingly well to pro­vide re­mark­able pa­tient care. This case ex­em­pli­fies the chain of sur­vival, in­cor­po­rat­ing by­stander CPR, early de­fib­ril­la­tion, and early ad­vanced care re­sult­ing in a suc­cess­ful de­fib­ril­la­tion.”

“We or­ga­nized an out­stand­ing group of EMS providers from neigh­bor­ing ju­ris­dic­tions,” said Haas. “These in­di­vid­u­als not only pro­vided amaz­ing sup­port to this event, but ex­em­pli­fied the best in pre­hos­pi­tal care. Fol­low up with AAMC in­di­cated this pa­tient sur­vived to dis­charge with­out neu­ro­log­i­cal deficit. Per­son­nel from four dif­fer­ent coun­ties, hav­ing never worked with one an­other, came to­gether, and truly saved a life.”


From left, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of MIEMSS Dr. Kevin Sea­man, QA Emer­gency Plan­ner David Rivett, Lt. Kevin Bren­ner, Para­medic Don Gi­ampetroni, EMT Charles Lay­field, Para­medic Ed­ward Dean, EMS Board Mem­ber Dr. Dany Wester­band, QA DES As­sis­tant Chief Scott Wheat­ley, EMT/FF Har­vard Ho­hensee, QA Com­mis­sioner Mark An­der­son and Deputy Chief of Staff for Gover­nor Larry Ho­gan’s of­fice Roy McGrath.

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