The University Record, March 25, 2002

Quick thinking/equipment saves life

By Diane Brown
Facilities Management

Two University of Michigan police officers used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) March 20 to bring a man back to life. A 59-year-old Brighton man suffered a heart attack while playing racquetball at the North Campus Recreation Building (NCRB). Jeannette Stawski, director of Outdoor Adventures and assistant director of the recreational sports department, and Sara Hocking, a student NCRB supervisor and junior in kinesiology, performed CPR until the police officers arrived.

Officer John-Mark Branch activated the AED once, and the man’s heartbeat returned. Ann Arbor Fire Department and Huron Valley Ambulance personnel arrived, continued treatment and transported him to the U-M Emergency Department.

“The two health care providers who performed CPR were well prepared,” said Dr. Mark Meier, the victim’s U-M attending physician. “The police officer used the AED in a timely manner. The man was in cardiac arrest at the time. Without the AED, his chances of survival were quite low. They saved his life.”

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) acquired ten AEDs in mid-1999. Each patrol officer carries a kit in the car throughout shifts. This is the first successful application by a U-M officer.

Branch, a December 2001 graduate of the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy, has been with DPS since January 2000. He will complete his field training as a police officer in mid-April. Officer David Dupuis assisted Branch with the medical emergency. Dupuis, a 16-year DPS veteran, is Branch’s field training officer.