CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 06, 1991
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Seattle: Ron Allen) Emergency response systems for cardiac arrest examined; scenes shown; statistics on cardiac arrest cited. Details given of American Heart Association report critical of emergency response systems. Steps necessary for saving a victim of cardiac arrest outlined on screen. Cardiac arrest death of basketball player Hank Gathers during a game last year recalled; scenes shown. Importance of timely use of defibrillator emphasized; Heart Association's Emergency Cardiac Care Committee member Dr. Douglas Weaver reported saying that the first emergency rescue team at a scene only has a defibrillator half the time or less. [WEAVER - says with CPR alone chances of survival are almost zero.] [Seattle fire department Lieutenant Thomas WALSH - says all engine companies carry automatic defibrillators.] Cardiac arrest survival rate in Seattle compared to rest of country. [Cardiac arrest victim and his wife George and Kim BRACE - comment on his rescue.]
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