Quick action from bystanders help save the life of a La Crosse man this August. This is a great story about why knowing CPR and having access to an AED is so important.
“Then they stopped the band and asked from the stage whether any medical personnel were in the audience and people came flying, literally,” Schieber said.
Dr. Joshua Sebranek, a nephew of Larry Sebranek, the namesake of the annual festival on the family farm, was among them.
“He was unresponsive and did not have a palpable pulse,” said Sebranek, who just happens to be head of the division for cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.
Other people had started CPR, and Sebranek asked whether an automated external defibrillator was available.
There wasn’t at the time, but Vernon County Deputy Larry Howell arrived within minutes with one of the 20 defibrillators his department had bought just last year in case of such emergencies.
Sebranek used the AED four times between mandatory two-minute intervals of CPR to shock Dahl’s heart.