The Right Place at the Right Time
When a man went into cardiac arrest at O2 Fitness in Chapel Hill, the expertise and quick thinking of three UNC Hospitals nurses helped bring him back to life.
Bob Zandt was jogging on the treadmill at O2 Fitness on a Wednesday morning in late April, when he began feeling fuzzy. He stepped off the treadmill and sat down on a weight bench to rest – that’s all he remembers from that morning at the gym.
Bob was in sudden cardiac arrest, a malfunction in the heart’s electrical system that causes an abnormal or irregular heart rhythm. With the heart no longer able to circulate blood effectively, the brain and other organs soon begin to fail. Without intervention, cardiac arrest can be fatal in minutes.
Fortunately, the staff of O2 Fitness and three UNC Hospitals nurses who happened to be at the gym acted quickly. Amanda Greer, a CRNA, Britney Karschner, a pediatric nurse who works part-time at O2 Fitness, and Vanessa Zito, a nurse with the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care, had never met before that morning, but their quick response and teamwork saved Bob’s life.
“Those three nurses made all the difference in the world,” said Bob. “It would have been a totally different outcome if they hadn’t taken immediate action. They knew what to do. I’m a living testimony to their skill.”
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