Ambulatory Surgery Honors Nurse for Lifesaving Off-Duty Response

Pictured (l to r) Mary Smith, RN, manager, perioperative services; Robin Betts, RN, Stephan Cohn, MD.

Pictured (l to r) Mary Smith, RN, manager, perioperative services; Robin Betts, RN, Stephan Cohn, MD.

Last month, Robin Betts’, RN, CNOR, reluctant trip to the gym following a four-month hiatus, was a lifesaving coincidence for a fellow gym member.

As she was wrapping up her workout, Betts noticed that a man had suddenly collapsed following a racket ball game. The veteran nurse hurried over to assist.

The man was unresponsive and Betts couldn’t detect a pulse. Aghast that she was now in an emergency situation, Betts sprang to action requesting a defibrillator as she began to administer CPR.

Moments later the defibrillator arrived and a quick analysis confirmed that a shock was needed. As a crowd formed, Betts called clear and administered a shock. With the help of the man’s friend, she continued CPR. Just as the paramedics arrived, the man regained consciousness. Betts later learned that the man had undergone a quadruple bypass.

When Stephan Cohn, MD, assistant professor of anesthesia and critical care, heard about Betts’ heroic actions, he decided they couldn’t go unnoticed. He arranged a celebration complete with a “Superhero” cake for the lifesaver.

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