Early CPR by Cameraman Saves Life
The video below captures how sudden an emergency can happen and provides a real-life example that early CPR works! Watch the story unfold as a CNN film crew sets up for a shot when the cameraman notices an unresponsive male in a vehicle. The victim walks away after nearly dying from a heroin overdose.
Early CPR Saves Lives
Remember, when a person is unresponsive, call 911 and check their breathing. Start CPR with compressions if the victim isn’t breathing normally or if you’re not sure if the victim is breathing. Early CPR keeps the brain alive until professional responders arrive to take over.
The case for naloxone auto-injectors
Watch the victim in the video go from sudden cardiac arrest to being able to walk to a gurney on his own after receiving naloxone from the paramedics. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a potent drug that quickly reverses the effects of an opioid (narcotic) such as heroin. In California, new regulations allow public safety personnel to carry naloxone auto-injectors. In the case of an overdose, it’s a true lifesaver. As a first responder, I’ve witnessed multiple heroin ODs go from needing assisted ventilations to sitting up and talking after a dose of Narcan. Unfortunately, I’ve seen more of them die because no one wanted to call 911 until it was too late. Narcan auto-injectors are available by prescription to the public.