The Jackson Township First Aid Squad responded to a serious single-car motor vehicle accident on Toms River Road near Savannah Road on March 13 at approximately 10:20 pm. One patient was extricated from his vehicle and transported to St. Vladimir's Church, where he was transferred to the New Jersey State Police SouthStar helicopter and taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center (Helene Fuld) in Trenton.
The Jackson Township First Aid Squad recorded its first CPR "save" of 2014 on March 9, when they responded, along with Jackson Township Police and MONOC Paramedics, to a residence in the area of Stump Tavern Road. The Squad was dispatched at approximately 12:50 am, and arrived to find the patient lying in a hallway in cardiac arrest. CPR was initiated by the crew, and when paramedics arrived the patient was given numerous medications in an attempt to restore her heart rhythm. Her pulse returned and she was transported to Community Medical Center, where she remained in critical but stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit as of Monday morning.
According to the American Heart Association, 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home. Less than eight percent of those who suffer cardiac arrest outside of the hospital survive. The prompt action of the Squad members has given their patient a chance to beat these odds.
The Jackson Township First Aid Squad is an all-volunteer, donation funded emergency medical services organization that provides ambulance service to the Township of Jackson, New Jersey between the hours of 6 pm and 5 am every day of the year. If you are interested in learning CPR and other medical skills, please consider joining us, or making a donation.