DCMH ED Team and Paramedics Help Save Off-Duty Officer at Local Gym - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on June 14, 2013

DCMH ED Team and Paramedics Help Save Off-Duty Officer at Local Gym

DREXEL HILL, Pa. – On February 24, 2013, off-duty Radnor police officer Anthony Radico went into cardiac arrest while working out at a local gym. Luckily, fellow gym member Amanda Beal was there to assist Radico and essentially save his life until Delaware County Memorial Hospital paramedics arrived.

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Members of the DCMH Emergency Department and Crozer-Keystone EMS North Division were recently recognized by Radnor Township for helping to save the life of Officer Anthony Radico. Photo courtesy of Pete Bannan, mainlinemedianews.com.
 
“To be honest, I really don’t remember anything. I’ve just been told what happened after the fact,” says Radico. “Amanda and the DCMH paramedics team literally saved my life. How do you thank someone for saving your life? I am so thankful that Amanda stepped in and performed CPR. If it weren’t for her, this story would be entirely different. After I was taken to the hospital, I was put into a medically induced coma. I woke up on March 1, which happened to be my birthday – not a bad birthday present.” Radico is still recovering by following a specific diet and engaging in exercises to help strengthen his heart. He plans to return back to work in August.

Amanda Beal, 23, a resident of Springfield and, at the time, an occupational therapy student at Thomas Jefferson University, was in the right place at the right time. “When I saw that Anthony was having trouble breathing and looked blue in the face, I went over and asked if he was alright. I told him to try to relax and breathe, and I kept checking his pulse,” Beal says. “At this point, I had called 911 and kept telling Anthony and his sister that Delaware County Memorial Hospital is right down the street and they would be arriving any minute. When I realized that Anthony’s pulse went from faint to non-existent, I went into survival mode and began CPR. "I never thought I'd ever actually have to perform CPR but I didn't hesitate for a second that day."

After seven minutes of CPR, Delaware Country Memorial Hospital paramedics arrived on scene and took over. “Helping Anthony was a team effort; I started and DCMH finished,” Beal continues. “I completed my level-two clinical internship at DCMH last July through September and can honestly say that much of what I learned during my time there helped prepare me for the events that occurred on February 24.”   

“Officer Radico suffered from cardiac arrest during his workout,” says Anne Ralph, nurse director of the Emergency Department at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. “We are unable to determine what brought on this incident, or if Officer Radico could have taken action to prevent himself from going into cardiac arrest.”

“My staff arrived on the scene to find a bystander performing CPR on Officer Radico; he was in a lethal cardiac rhythm,” says Tim Mengel, EMS chief/director of the North Division for Crozer-Keystone Health System. “Officer Radico was transported to DCMH after his heart rhythm was defibrillated to a more stable rhythm. In addition to the highly effective CPR he received before and after the arrival of paramedics and police, he was given medication to stabilize his heart rhythm, defibrillation, and post-resuscitation hypothermia – which is when the body is cooled through IVs and the body is packed in cold saline to help preserve brain cells and activity. Immediate, highly effective CPR has been proven over and over to sustain the viability of the heart until advanced care arrives.”

Radnor Township recognized the staffs of the Delaware Country Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and Crozer-Keystone EMS North Division on May 20, 2013 at the Board of Commissioners meeting. Superintendent of Police William Colarulo presented certificates to those present as a token of their appreciation of the team’s quick actions.

To learn more about Delaware County Memorial Hospital or the Crozer-Keystone Health System, visit www.crozerkeystone.org or call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258).

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