CareOne At Wayne Respiratory Therapist Saves Life At Wayne Costco
A recent shopping run to Costco at Wayne Towne Center proved to be anything but routine for Flynn, 44, of Paterson, who works at CareOne in Wayne. While shopping on Tuesday around 4 p.m. she began to hear a lot of commotion and people anxiously yelling, “Is there a doctor here or a nurse?” Flynn saw a large crowd gathered around a middle-aged man who had collapsed onto the floor near the food court. Realizing the situation, she jumped into action, at a time when every second counts.
“When I knelt down by the man, he had no pulse and was definitely not breathing,” Flynn said.
She quickly began chest compressions at which time, Chris Bush, a store supervisor, jumped in asking Flynn if she needed help. A call to 911 had been made and according to Flynn, Wayne Police arrived on scene about 10 minutes later. Within that time, Flynn’s actions were vital to the survival of the victim.
Flynn continued with chest compressions for about 10 minutes, at which time she asked Bush if there was an automated external defibrillator (AED) or a mask for manual resuscitation in the store. Bush quickly grabbed the AED and while Flynn put it on the man, Bush continued with the chest compressions, stated Flynn.
“The AED machine didn’t request that a shock was needed so we continued with CPR,” said Flynn.
By this time the police arrived with oxygen and their own manual resuscitator, said Flynn. The victim’s pulse was light at this point and they stopped the chest compressions and Flynn then began protracting his airway passage by tilting and lifting his chin. They continued to put the manual resuscitator on him checked for a pulse.
“When I felt his pulse come back I was happy but the breathing was quite labored so I knew he was not out of the woods yet. So we continued with the head tilt,” Flynn explained.
By this time the Wayne Emergency First Aid Squad and paramedics from St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center had arrived. The victim came around for a few seconds but passed out again. Flynn said she kept protecting his airway, at which point he opened his eyes and started to talk.
“He was definitely gone when we got to him, but at least when we left him with the paramedics, he was alert and smiling. We did everything we could. I would love to know if he is OK now. She (Marisol) did a great thing. I’m just glad everything is good,” Bush said.
The reaction from the customers and employees who had gathered around the vicinity was emotional as they all began cheering upon seeing him come to, Flynn said, smiling. The incident marked the first life she saved outside of her job.
“Quick response is what helped, as every second counts in a dire situation such as this,” she added. “And the Costco lady employee who helped me was incredible.”
Flynn added that she would like to hear how the gentleman is doing and would welcome the opportunity to meet him so she can wish him well. If anyone knows how to get in touch with him, they can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.