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DATE: July 6, 2017                                                                                  PIO NUMBER: 17-7-3




WHEN: 2 p.m., Thursday, July 6

WHERE: Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Weston Station #81

17350 Royal Palm Blvd., Weston


May 25, 2017 was the day Frank Diaz beat the odds. Less than six percent of sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack) victims stricken outside of a hospital survive. Diaz’ survival was due, in part, to the fact that he was in the right place at the right time. Thursday, the Diaz family will have the chance to thank the Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Weston firefighter/paramedics who helped their husband and father beat the odds.


Diaz, 48, collapsed that day in May while at an appointment. His heart stopped beating and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was quickly started. Crews from BSFR Station 81 answered the call and were able to resuscitate Diaz and restore a heartbeat. He was transported to Cleveland Clinic Florida in critical condition.       


His successful outcome was possible because of several fast-occurring events that came into play. It’s called the Chain of Survival. Simply put, that means that when someone has sudden cardiac arrest, in which the heart stops beating and they stop breathing, things have to happen very fast. Immediate recognition of the heart attack and activation of the 9-1-1 system, early bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation (either with an Automated External Defibrillator – AED, or by EMS) are the first critical components of the chain. The chain is completed by early advanced life support care by paramedics on the scene and getting the patient to the hospital for definitive treatment.


Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue has implemented several new initiatives to increase heart attack survival. The first is pit crew CPR. This approach designates each EMS crew member with a specific duty and role, much like the precision, racecar pit crew concept. The crew works in unison to deliver lifesaving CPR and administer advanced life support care. Second, the BSFR protocols (medications and treatment) for heart attacks have been revised based on proven science and best practices that have recently evolved in the world of emergency cardiac care. Education and community involvement, including Bystander CPR and Hands-Only CPR training are an important part of the success of this initiative. About 395,000 heart attacks occur annually in the U.S. outside of the hospital setting, and bystander CPR has been shown to improve survival rates.


                                                                                            This report by:                                                                                      

                                                                                                          Mike Jachles/PIO

                                                                                                             07/06/17 0800


DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 75 and exit at Royal Palm Boulevard. Go west to the fire station, just past Weston City Hall on the left.                                                                                                                         


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