Jim Padgett, a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) for Blanchard Valley Health System, has been an associate for more than 15 years. When his work schedule suddenly changed, he found himself with a day off. He planned to complete some home improvement projects.
That morning, he ran some errands. While he was stopped at the red light on Tiffin Avenue, he saw a person fall to the ground. A woman rushed to the side of the fallen man. Jim knew something was wrong and immediately pulled his car into a parking lot so he could lend a helping hand.
“I approached the woman and asked if the man who had fallen needed help,” Jim explained. “She told me that he was not awake and appeared to have labored breathing.”
Jim felt for the man’s pulse, adjusted his own mask and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Jim followed the American Heart Association’s CPR guidelines of only doing chest compressions, which can protect both parties during a viral pandemic.
The fallen man went in and out of consciousness as Jim continued CPR for nearly seven minutes. He was getting extremely fatigued and was relieved to see the fire department and Hanco arrive on the scene. An automatic electronic defibrillator (AED) had to be used, then the patient was transported to the Emergency Department at Blanchard Valley Hospital.
Due to Jim’s quick thinking and assistance, the patient is on the road to recovery.
“You should always be prepared,” Jim explained. “I have an emergency bag that includes a mask, gloves and sanitizing wipes. I keep it under my seat for just this type of situation. Even when trying to help others, you also have to protect yourself. I strongly encourage everyone to carry these items with them because you never know when you may need them.”
Recently, a “Letter to the Editor” in The Courier praised Jim for his heroic efforts.
“In my mind, I did nothing special,” concluded Jim. “Working in a healthcare environment, we treat each person as we would a family member…with compassion, skill and extraordinary care.”