An emergency response in Deer Lodge last week not only saved a life but
also showcased the skill and teamwork of the Powell EMS, Deer Lodge Police
Department and Deer Lodge Medical Center.
Powell EMS was dispatched for a 64-year-old male passing out around 7 a.m.
last Tuesday, according to EMS Director Rand Dickson. Deer Lodge police
had already arrived on the scene to find a man in cardiac arrest. They
began CPR and applied an AED (automated external defibrillator) to deliver
a shock to the patient. The man regained a pulse and began breathing.
Powell EMS arrived at that point and was assessing the patient when he
went into cardiac arrest for a second time. The medics defibrillated the
man, and he again regained a pulse and respirations.
The patient was transported to the Deer Lodge Medical Center, where the
emergency department provided expert care before the man was flown to Missoula.
Dickson emphasized that fantastic interagency teamwork – and the
skill of all involved ensured the patient arrived safely and with a pulse
''This is just one of many examples where our police, EMS and hospital
are working together to save lives,'' Dickson wrote.