Learn to save a life

Published 9:20 am Thursday, June 22, 2017

Davie County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is responsible for providing pre-hospital care to the residents and visitors of Davie County.

The department employs 40 full-time and 30 part-time paramedics and EMTs that help staff five advanced life support ambulances, 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Three stations are located in the county.

Davie EMS is nationally recognized as a leader in cardiac care and received the American Heart Association Mission Lifeline Award in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

“Davie County EMS is working very hard to increase survival rates of those suffering from cardiac arrest in our county,” said Bryan Byrd, director. “Efforts to provide community education on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest enable citizens to play an important role in increasing survival rates.”

If you suspect someone is suffering from cardiac arrest, remember these three easy steps which can ultimately save someone’s life:

No. 1: Check. Is the person unresponsive? Do they respond to your voice or when you shake them?

No. 2: Call 911. If you don’t know how to do CPR, they will tell you over the phone. The dispatcher will stay on the line with you until EMS arrives.

No. 3: Compress. Place the heel of your hands in the center of the chest and push hard and fast. Do this until help arrives or you are no longer able to do compressions.