Safety Measures at Suburban Imaging: CPR and AEDs
Feb 24, 2015
Suburban Imaging takes pride on providing a safe and comfortable environment for all patients. Staff are trained in safety procedures and prepared to respond in the event that a patient experiences anything from a minor allergic reaction from imaging contrast (dye) or has a serious medical emergency while at our facilities.
Two years ago, Kay Ludwig came to Suburban Imaging for an Ultrasound exam and went into sudden cardiac arrest. Staff sprang into action, began CPR and used an AED (automated external defibrillator) to restore her heart function until emergency medical personal arrived. “I am thankful to God that there was an AED and people there who knew how to use it otherwise I would not be alive today,” Ludwig said in an interview with ABC Newspapers.
Each Suburban Imaging clinic is equipped with a crash cart and an AED on site. Crash carts are stocked with medications and fluids, IV supplies, and other medical equipment. All equipment (AEDs, blood pressure cuffs, fire extinguishers, etc.) is checked routinely to ensure it is fully functional and up-to-date.
All staff involved in direct patient care – receptionists, technologists, tech assistants, and radiologists – are certified in Basic Life Support/CPR. Staff also have refresher training every two years and get re-certified. Several staff are also certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
A re-certification class was held a few weeks ago on-site at Suburban Imaging – Coon Rapids. “Today's Basic Life Support/CPR stresses the use of AEDs and the importance of how many more people survive cardiac arrest with the use of them,” said Melissa Hanson, an Ultrasound technologist at Suburban Imaging. “Although CPR technique is still a very important step to begin a life-saving effort, I’m glad to know that AEDs are available at Suburban Imaging and I know how to use one,” she said.