Stan was walking into work on April 22, 2019. The last thing he remembers is setting his backpack down on the ground. He woke up later at St. Elizabeth Edgewood and was told he had a massive heart attack.
“I wouldn’t be alive today if I didn’t work for Fidelity Investments, and if St. Elizabeth Edgewood wasn’t nearby,” says Stan Eyman.
Live-saving CPR and AED Use
Stan collapsed in front of the Fidelity building in Covington. Linda Strong was on front desk security that morning when she was alerted to Stan’s collapse. She called on her radio for help, and Sami Peterson joined her responding to Stan on the front sidewalk and administered an automated external defibrillator (AED) immediately.
An AED is a battery-operated, portable device that checks for a heartbeat and sends a shock to the heart to restore a normal heart rhythm. AEDs are used in sudden cardiac arrest when the heart suddenly stops beating.
Additional Fidelity security employees responded and six co-workers provided Stan cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and administered shocks using an AED. After 14 minutes of CPR and four shocks delivered by the AED, Stan’s heartbeat resumed and he began breathing on his own. Then, the ambulance arrived to take Stan to St. Elizabeth.
Surviving Cardiac Arrest
“A rare reaction to medication caused my heart attack,” says Stan. “Although I am not your typical heart patient, I still needed the same life-saving measures.”
When Stan woke up in the hospital, his wife explained to him he went into sudden cardiac arrest and needed surgery to open a blocked artery. Six days later, Stan was released from the hospital.
Stanley credits the quick action of his co-workers and Fidelity’s commitment to preventing death from cardiac arrests through training and proper life-saving equipment in the workplace.
The American Heart Association estimates more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year. Almost 90 percent of those people will die because they did not get help in time—survival depends on getting CPR quickly. An AED also can increase the chances of survival by 60 percent.
A Commitment to Preventing Unnecessary Deaths
“Our program to bring life-saving training and equipment to the Fidelity workplace began about 25 years ago,” says Jesse Campbell, Fidelity Vice President of Global Security and Investigations. “When Emergency Medical Technicians first began carrying AEDs as standard equipment, our leaders wanted that technology available to our employees.”
Fidelity has 100% of their security staff trained in CPR and AED’s by their own in-house instructors through a partnership with the American Red Cross. Classes are held for Fidelity employees every month in locations across the country.
“CPR is just maintenance in a cardiac event,” explains Jesse. “Without the AEDs, we still might not revive anyone.”
Fidelity feels AEDs should be available in all companies like they are in schools, airports and malls. Today, every medical response bag carried by the security team at Fidelity is equipped with an AED. Units are also placed in common areas for employees to use. They feel they are as important as fire extinguishers, located throughout buildings. In addition, many of their staff are certified Emergency Medical Technicians.
“Over the years, we have saved 11 lives as a result of our program,” says Jesse.
Fidelity and St. Elizabeth share a common goal—to reduce cardiac deaths. St. Elizabeth Healthcare has pledged to work with the community to reduce heart-related deaths in the Northern Kentucky region by 25 percent by the end of 2025 as a part of our commitment to lead Northern Kentucky in becoming one of the healthiest communities in America.
Save a Life: Do CPR
According to the American Heart Association, more than 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside a hospital each year and 90 percent of them die.
The St. Elizabeth AHA Training Center offers a variety of courses designed to prepare students to perform CPR and use an AED in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Our classes are instructor-led, training is conducted in a classroom setting and features group interaction and hands-on coaching and feedback from an AHA Instructor.