EMS World

OCT 2018

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PROFILES IN EMS 46 OCTOBER 2018 | EMSWORLD.com H e finds her sitting on the middle of the kitchen floor, glasses off, nauseous and disoriented. Inher- ently exhausted, nurse Anne Montera had been waging a battle against her chronic pain for decades. It can be easy to forget that the term battling an illness isn't just a euphemism—there is true physical and mental struggle. Chris, her husband and ally in her con- stant fight, is no stranger to picking up the pieces. It's the holidays, they've recently moved, and ever yone is operating under a lot of stress. Anne's carefully regulated pain regimen is suffering. He helps her to bed, removing her fentanyl patch and get- ting her medicine for her nausea. Making sure she's settled and comfor table, he leaves the room momentarily. When he returns the room is eerily quiet. "It just didn't feel right," he says. An experienced paramedic and CEO of the local EMS agency, Chris knows imme- diately what he's sensing. Only the dead obtain that absence of animation. Throw- ing on the light, he finds Anne cyanotic, with a few agonal respirations. He flips her over, opening her air way—then the medic inside him disappears, and the hus- band takes over. He screams her name, yelling for help from others in the house. They pull her to the floor. He feels for a pulse, finds nothing. Starting compres- sions, he sends their teenage daughter out to his response vehicle for the defi- brillator. 1 and 2 and 3 and 4… With the assistance of a family friend, they continue their resuscitation and call 9-1-1. Chris grows frustrated with the dis- patcher, who is using the CAD script to walk him through CPR. They know who he is—why don't they realize he knows what he's doing? 1 and 2 and 3 and 4… He turns his EMS radio on so he can lis- ten to the response and issue instructions such as gate codes and a description of his new residence. Ironically both he and Anne realized when they moved into the community that the gate could present access issues for emergency responders. Just a week earlier they were working on establishing an official process to ensure it would not delay help to people living there. 1 and 2 and 3 and 4… By Tracey Loscar, BA, NRP, FP-C Over the last two months we've shared the incredible story of EMS World Expo keynote speaker Anne Montera. Her tale continues here. NOT IN HER HEAD: PART 3—THE LETTER A Anne Montera survived her cardiac arrest—only to be labeled an addict Photo by Brie Reynolds Photography Featured speaker at EMS World Expo, Oct. 29–Nov. 2, 2018, Nashville, TN emsworldexpo.com "When an uninstructed multitude attempts to see with its eyes, it is exceedingly apt to be deceived." —Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

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