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.