How to Save a Life

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Melissa Hopkins

Melissa Hopkins

Less than a year after Melissa Hopkins took CLIMB's Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider training, her shift as an outpatient nurse at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center took a turn. A man who'd been complaining of abdominal pain was finishing up an ultra sound scan and became faint. By the time the technician called Hopkins, the man was not breathing and did not have a pulse.

Immediately, Hopkins called for the "code cart" and began performing CPR. She did two sets of compressions and eventually used the automatic external defibrillator to shock him. After two shocks, he began gasping for air. Less than a minute later, the EMTs arrive and took over care.  "While this is everyday stuff for many emergency medical folks, it is not common for nurses like me in outpatient settings," Hopkins said, praising the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Program. "I was completely amazed that the procedures were nearly instinctual for me….The patient survived this ordeal because of the incredible training I received from you and your instructors."