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AED Saves the Day for Two Recent Visitors

by Public Relations | Published On: Oct 26, 2016 | Last Updated: 

Two visitors flying through Sky Harbor can thank the quick action of emergency responders, trained witnesses and Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for being alive following medical events.

Most recently, a 75-year-old man had collapsed in Terminal 4 on Oct.16 and became unconscious. A bystander who is a fire captain with Santa Clara Fire Department began CPR with the assistance of an American Airlines manager (and retired firefighter) near Gate B10.

Five Phoenix Police Department officers arrived on scene and at least one shock from the AED was applied to the patient, who regained consciousness. Phoenix Fire transported him to St. Luke’s Hospital.

On Aug. 29, a 79-year-old man also benefited from quick action by knowledgeable bystanders, emergency responders and an AED when he and his wife returned from an Alaskan cruise and he collapsed on the Terminal 4 south outer curb. Two reserve police officers nearby in baggage claim learned about the man and discovered he was not breathing. They requested assistance from Phoenix Fire and an AED, then responded to the scene to give CPR to the man. A nurse who was standing nearby gave them assistance.

An officer arrived on the scene with an AED and delivered two shocks to the patient while another officer assisted with chest compressions. The officers and nurse continued CPR. 

Phoenix Fire took over lifesaving efforts and transported the patient to St. Luke’s Hospital. The two officers visited him in the hospital where he commented that this was a memorable trip. 

These are the 49th and 50th lives saved at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport since the AED program began in 2001. There are more than 85 AEDs available at Phoenix Sky Harbor, Phoenix Deer Valley and Phoenix Goodyear airports. AEDs are also available in the PHX Sky Train® stations.

Employees are trained by members of the Phoenix Fire Department on the proper use of an AED as well as CPR. More than 2,000 Airport employees and volunteer Navigators have been trained to administer CPR and correctly use AEDs in the event of an emergency.