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Rothschild emergency services save four patients from cardiac arrest this year


WESTON, Wis. (WSAU) - Doctors and officials from Saint Clare's hospital in Weston are praising firefighters, police and residents in Rothschild for saving lives.

Over the past six months, emergency personnel in Rothschild have successfully performed four “Cardiac Saves,” where patients suffering a heart attack or cardiac arrest were successfully rescued using CPR. Dr. Michael Clark says that's an amazing act. "All those people got a pulse back, and they all left the hospital with the samye neurologic function as they came in with."

Clark says most people don't survive heart attacks outside of a hospital. "Typically we see one or two of these cardiac saves in a hospital in a year, so to have 4 of them in six months from one department in not a common occurrence."

“Effective CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival,” said Clark. “Sadly, less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive and we should take great pride in our community for the efforts of those recognized in this event.”

The hospital officially recognized emergency services in Rothschild this week with a special event, and thanked the 24 people who helped save those lives over the past six months.