PORTLAND, Oregon - On Sunday morning during the Portland Marathon a man participating in the marathon collapsed on the racecourse at approximately mile 15 near N. Wayland Ave. and N. Willamette Blvd. A bystander quickly evaluated the patient and determined CPR was appropriate and began chest compressions. A crew from Metro West Ambulance, who was stationed along the racecourse for medical standby, responded and found the patient in cardiac arrest. They began Advanced Life Support protocols. Crews from Portland Fire and Rescue and American Medical Response were also dispatched to assist the efforts. Due to the quick response of the bystander and trained EMS crews, the patient was revived at the scene and transported by AMR to Emanuel hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
Clearly life-threatening for the patient, the events demonstrate the importance of bystander CPR, and coordinated EMS response. In this instance, each link in the "chain of survival" was strong and supported the patient's survival for each subsequent link, and ultimately a positive, rather than tragic, outcome.
If you do not know CPR, please consider getting trained. Contact your local public safety agency or the American Heart Association or American Red Cross for more information today. You too may save a life one day!
For more information on this event please contact Les Smith or Molly Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 971-303-5990.