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CPR Save by Community Ambulance Company

By LIZ WHITE, Correspondent | January 16, 2022 | NEW YORK

Story No. 012722100

SAYVILLE, NY - On Monday, December 20, 2021, Community Ambulance Company was activated for an adult male in Cardiac Arrest in Bayport, NY. That male was given a second chance at life thanks to our members.

The adult male was at home with his wife when he suddenly collapsed. The man’s wife witnessed the event and called 9-1-1. FRES identified the patient to be in cardiac arrest and provided the wife with CPR instructions over the phone.

Community Ambulance Paramedic Adam DiGregorio arrived and provided advanced life support, including multiple manual defibrillations for refractory ventricular fibrillation, endotracheal intubation, and IV/IO medication administration. An ambulance crew arrived with Bayport Fire Department and assisted with additional basic life support skills including blood glucometry, mechanical CPR, and post-intubation airway management.

Suffolk County Police Officers assisted with providing manual ventilations via BVM, rearranging furniture to provide additional access to the patient, and lifting/moving/carrying the patient outside to the stretcher. Return of Spontaneous Circulation was achieved and the patient began inadequately breathing on his own. Prior to leaving the residence, the patient was sedated and stabilized with ventilatory assistance while transported to the hospital.

We are delighted to report that the patient was discharged home approximately 10 days later, neurologically intact. The fast action and combination of these interventions allowed the patient to have a full recovery.

On Sunday, January 16, 2022, our crew was visited by the patient and his wife to share stories and appreciation. All involved played an important role in this pre-hospital save including: Paramedic Adam DiGregorio, EMT John Santora, EMT Jordan Echevarria, EMT Hailey Neumeyer, Driver Robert Webster, Life Member Dennis Kelly, Firefighter Brandon DeMulder, Firefighter Ryan Tomassone, PO Paul Castilli, PO Robert Femia, PO Zachary Lane, and FRES EMD Gregory Miglino.

The Community Ambulance Company of Sayville has been providing emergency medical services to the residents of Bayport, Bohemia, Oakdale, Sayville and West Sayville for over 70 years. Community Ambulance Company answered over 5,200 calls for assistance in 2021. Our members constantly train for alarms like this, as you never know when you may be able to save another’s life. If you are interested in learning how to perform CPR, use an AED, other lifesaving skills, or you are interested in joining our team, please contact us at (631) 567-2586. No medical experience is necessary, and all training is provided. You can also find more information and apply for membership by visiting our website at www.communityamb.org.  

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.