Without a Pulse for 68 Minutes

Without a Pulse for 68 Minutes

Lauren Diffendarfer

by Lauren Diffendarfer

Medical Educator

posted on May 17, 2015, at 9:53 pm


SURVIVING 68 MINUTES WITHOUT A PULSE IS RARE, but surviving without any brain damage is almost unheard of.

As a paramedic, Wayne Schneider is entirely aware of how fortunate he is to not only be alive, but to be fully functioning. With nearly 300,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the United States alone every year, roughly 92% die, leaving a majority of the surviving 8% with some sort of permanent brain damage.

brainLuckily for Wayne, his heart attack occurred while in the company of his paramedic partner of 22 years, Greg Booth. As a result, proper steps were taken, which allowed Wayne to receive high-quality CPR. Fortunately, Booth had nearby access to an Impedance Threshold Device, a device that improves blood flow to the vital organs.

Schneider knows how lucky he is to be alive today, and wants his story used as an example for the need to change the standard of cardiac arrest response.

“I know the odds of cardiac arrest, and statistically speaking, I should not be here today. I got a second chance, and I am living proof that with high-quality CPR and innovations, cardiac arrest is not a death sentence. I want my story to help change the paradigm of cardiac arrest response. Don’t give up – we can save lives we never thought we could save before.”

Proper training and techniques necessary for performing Basic Life Support can be learned through simply taking the fundamental life saving sources available on this website. By working together, we can help you save the lives of others.

About Lauren

Lauren works as the Medical Educator for the Disque Foundation and has worked closely with us since 2014. She is a full-time student pursuing a BS in Biology at Indiana University as a recipient of the Chick Evans Caddy Scholarship and hopes to attend medical school to become a physician in the future. She is certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and she is also a certified Basic Life Support Instructor for the American Heart Association. She stays heavily involved with health care in and out of her local community, helping plan and coordinate Disque Foundation events, teaching lifesaving skills to the communities and organizations that we serve and volunteering at her hometown hospital in the Birthing Unit.


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