Saturday, June 5, 2021
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Why We Walk
2021 Oregon & SW Washington Heart and Stroke Walk Digital Experience
Just Walk It Off
I walk because I have lived out everyone's nightmare in a Physical Therapy clinic- a patient experiencing cardiac arrest.
It was the Friday before the superbowl in the winter of 2014. It was a busy Friday afternoon at our Beaverton clinic and next up on my schedule was a return patient who had just had his knee replaced. It was odd to see him in the waiting room sweating in January so I brought him back to a treatment room and started our evaluation early. As I was taking vitals and screening him for a DVT he reported difficulty breathing and then lost consciousness. After lowering him to the ground I was fortunate enough to have staff assist in calling 911 and prep the patient for an AED while I performed CPR. Thankfully, TAI had implemented a policy to carry AED's in clinics shortly before this occurred. The AED was able to bring the patient back to consciousness and paramedics arrived shortly after. This patient experienced four more bouts of cardiac arrest before arriving at a local hospital. Three weeks later this patient returned to the clinic and finished out his rehabilitation.
I am forever grateful for Michele Owens, PTA at Beaverton, for her clutch assistance with this situation as well as Zach Jones, PT and Shareholder at Beaverton, for pushing hard to put AED's in our clinics.
Below is an excerpt from a letter given to me from this patient on 4/3/15.
"While there is no way I could ever adequately thank you for your role in saving my life, I hope you and everybody else involved realize the significance of the actions taken that day. Different people under different circumstances and the outcome could have easily gone the other way. I hope Zach will pass a message of thanks up the line so those at the top know the defibrillator they saw fit to invest in has proven its worth as have the employees at their Beaverton location. You are my heros!"