FWISD Coaches Save Athletes Life

 FWISD Coaches Save Athletes Life

Quick thinking and use of AED key to surviving cardiac arrest


October 13, 2009  (Fort Worth, Texas)  Quick thinking and the availability of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) saved the life of a Fort Worth high school student last month.


Just a few minutes into running laps during baseball practice, the student collapsed on the track at Trimble Technical High School – he was unconscious and not breathing.


Coach Tyson Wormsbaker immediately started CPR while Coach Mike Garza called another to bring the AED and then call 9-1-1 for an ambulance. Within moments the coaches had secured the student’s airway, administered CPR and when Coach Jason Braud arrived with the AED they used it to resuscitate the student. By the time MedStar’s ambulance crew arrived the student was breathing on his own and was transported to an area hospital.


In recognition of their quick thinking and use of CPR and the AED, MedStar will present the coaches with a MedStar Community Hero Award at tonight’s Fort Worth ISD board meeting.


Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) combined with bystander use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) more than doubles the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest compared with using CPR alone, according to the American Heart Association.


The student continues to make a healthy recovery.


Fort Worth ISD Board of Education Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Board  Complex, 2903 Shotts St., Fort Worth



About the MedStar Community Hero Award

Given in recognition of individuals who have contributed to the well-being of our community through their support of emergency medical services.


These “community heroes” courageously rendered aid in an emergency situation by providing timely, accurate and life-sustaining assistance to emergency medical crews.


Nominated by MedStar Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Medical Dispatchers, Community Hero awards are bestowed on an ongoing basis.


MedStar is the exclusive emergency and non-emergency ambulance service provider to 15 Tarrant County cities including Blue Mound, Burleson, Edgecliff Village, Forest Hill, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Haslet, Lakeside, Lake Worth, River Oaks, Saginaw, Samson Park, Westover Hills, Westworth Village, and White Settlement. Established in 1986, MedStar provides advanced life support ambulance service to 421 square miles and more than 860,000 residents in Tarrant County. MedStar responds to about 100,000 emergency calls a year with a fleet of 47 ambulances.


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