James Chesnutt, Orthopedics

February 2014 Golden Rose Recipient

James Chesnutt, Orthopedics

I wanted to share a wild medical experience I just had. I responded to a medical emergency tonight on the airplane. Turned out it was a cardiac arrest, and when I got to the patient in the back of the plane, he was pulseless. Another family doc had just established that he had no pulse. We flipped him onto his back across the seats and I started chest compressions while a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner put on the AED electrodes. After saving the patient we went over every second of the experience; intermittently high-fiving and fist bumping when we recounted a particular point. But all of the credit really goes to the FM doc because it was he who realized that the patient wasn't having a seizure. What he told me later was that a minute or two before the patient went pulseless; he had actually had what looked like a seizure to all around him...which caused his wife to call for help. And then he started shaking more significantly (Frequently, when folks think someone is having a seizure, they'll stand back to let the person seize). But James suspected that it could be a heart attack, and moved in quickly to assess. Had he not done that, our intervention would have been delayed and when it comes to this type of cardiac arrest and arrhythmia, seconds count. Literally, every second counts. James saved the patient's life, as far as I'm concerned. Amazing.

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