Mill Creek man revived after sudden cardiac arrest

MILL CREEK, DELAWARE (1/11/2016) A man who suffered sudden cardiac arrest was revived by police and emergency medical personnel, authorities said.

The incident happened Saturday morning in the 600 block of Dandenog Drive, off Mill Creek Road.

New Castle County police and paramedics responded to a 911 call from the man’s spouse at 9:16 a.m.

Two police officers arrived within two minutes and found the man not breathing and without a pulse, said paramedics Lt. Michael A. McColley.

They began CPR and another officer arrived with an automatic external defibrillator, which was used to shock the man. They continued care until emergency medical technicians from Mill Creek Fire Company arrived.

The AED indicated another shock was needed, McColley said, which was administered by the EMTs.

When paramedics arrived, the man was still without a pulse and not breathing, and they began advanced cardiac arrest care.

“He was shocked by the paramedics several more times during transport and had a return of pulses and respiratory effort during transport to Christiana Hospital,” McColley said.

“Post cardiac arrest care was initiated by the paramedics to give the patient the best chance at a recovery with good neurological outcome. The patient was delivered to the emergency department with pulses present and respiratory effort on his own,” McColley said.