Friday, January 09, 2009
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[January 09, 2009]  Two of ALMH's own employees recently got to see firsthand how prompt responses and automated external defibrillators can save lives.

InsuranceDebbie Ramlow from respiratory therapy and Karen Hobler from obstetrics were merely spectators at the Lincoln High School basketball holiday tournament. They had traveled to Collinsville to show support for the Railers the weekend after Christmas.

A referee called timeout and immediately fell to the floor. Ramlow's family urged her to help. She got to the floor, where she met up with Ann Olson, a nurse from Memorial Medical Center, who started compressions since the patient didn't have a pulse. Scott Ritchhart from Lincoln applied pressure to a bleeding wound on the referee's head, and Ramlow began managing his airway.

"There was a lot of yelling going on to get the AED," she recalls. "After the AED arrived, there was a lot of chaos about how to put on the patches. I admit I had to use my 'timeout' skills and tell everyone to get to the basics and let the fireman put them on. Karen Hobler was behind me the entire time with a lot of support. "

The AED worked; the referee soon had a pulse and regained consciousness.

"Everyone just jumped in. It's what we do," Hobler says.

"The whole story is strong support of having AEDs in public places and letting the public know they are easy to use and do save lives.

"I'm glad that the ref ended up surviving. The whole crowd was extremely elated when he left the court, via stretcher, and held a hand up to the crowd," she added. "In fact, he received a standing ovation."

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]

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