Chain of Survival Success Story
Tim and Michelle Kerwin thought they were going to spend the night at their son's soccer game. Instead on the way to the game, their plans changed.
Tim is still alive today because of what the American Heart Association calls the Chain of Survival.
The 5 links in the adult out-of-hospital Chain of Survival are
A strong Chain of Survival can improve chances of survival and recovery for victims of cardiac arrest. That strong chain of survival is exactly what happened on that very Saturday evening; a rapid call to 911 at Bayside Communications by Tim's wife, two residents who are trained in CPR that stopped to help, rapid defibrillation by a Whitefish Bay Police Officer, basic and advanced emergency medical services by North Shore Fire/Rescue and post-cardiac arrest care at Ascension Columbia-St. Mary's. Click here for a Journal Sentinel article with more.
- Recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system
- Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions
- Rapid defibrillation
- Basic and advanced emergency medical services
- Advanced life support and post-cardiac arrest care
North Shore Fire/Rescue responders to this call were: Captain David Meyer, Lt. Ken Jankowski, Lt. Don Cofta, Firefighter/Paramedic Emmanuel Hess and Greg Gilles and Firefighters Joel Schneider, Adam Janotta and Kenneth Llamas.