Here’s What Happens When You Collapse in Front of a Hospital

A woman collapsed near Jefferson Hospital recently—and it ended up being her lucky day.

A word to the wise: If you’re going to suffer a cardiac episode ever, anywhere, try to make sure it happens in front of a hospital. (You know, to the extent to which you’re able to plan such a thing.) That’s just what happened to a woman recently, who collapsed on the sidewalk on Chestnut Street near Jefferson Hospital. A post on the hospitals’ blog this morning details how several of its doctors happened to be in the right place at the right time, ultimately saving her life.

An excerpt:

On a recent lunchtime walk on Chestnut Street, Jacqueline Kraft, MD, an Internal Medicineintern, saw that a woman had collapsed on the sidewalk. She immediately initiatedCPR and called for help. She was assisted by Internal Medicine residents Jhoan Ledesma, MD, and Hasan Bayat, MD.

Next on the scene were twoInfectious Disease Fellows – Chris Miller, MD, and Jay Sellers, MD.

“Chris and I were walking down Chestnut Street and saw [the others] performing CPR on the sidewalk,” says Dr. Sellers. “We went over to help and I grabbed the AED [Automated External Defibrillator] at the Gibbon Building guard desk. We attached it to the patient and delivered a shock on the scene.”

Read the whole story here.