38-year-old Woman Revived with AutoPulse

 Swimming pool

May 17, 2013 - Australian Clare Carney, a former junior world champion triathlete, suffered cardiac arrest while swimming at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Center. A fellow swimmer noticed her sinking to the bottom of the pool, pulled her up to the side of the pool, and with the help of the lifeguard began CPR. Within six minutes, the paramedics arrived and took turns performing CPR for 35 minutes. She was intubated and shocked without response. They decided to transport her to a nearby hospital using the ZOLL AutoPulse® to deliver consistent, high-quality chest compressions. 

"With a lot of cardiac arrests like this, you would stop treating them at the scene if they did not respond and call it at the scene," paramedic Phil Smith said. But he knew the Alfred Hospital was minutes away and given her age and peak condition, he decided to transport her. While en route, the LifeBand® of the AutoPulse squeezed the entire chest in order to provide near-normal blood flow. Emergency physicians were amazed that Clare achieved ROSC (return of spontaneous circulation) upon arrival at the Emergency Department. 

Clare woke up three days later in the ICU and was amazed to hear of all the people involved in the chain of her survival. She was able to return to the pool fitted with a pacemaker defibrillator to pay tribute to her rescuers. 

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