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Preparation pays off, saves lives

In life, being prepared can pay off in miraculous and unexpected ways.  Few understand this concept better than NGHF Board member Tommy Bagwell. Tommy has spent his life preparing – and his meticulous attention to detail has paid off.

Tommy Bagwell

Tommy Bagwell

Tommy is the founder and CEO of a successful business, family man and philanthropist. When he sets his mind to something, he does it all the way. So, when Tommy was asked to join the Board at NGHF, he learned about the real possibility that he – or one of his employees – could experience cardiac arrest outside of the hospital.

Each year, about 365,000 people experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, and only about 8 percent survive. With these stats in mind, Tommy purchased several automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and ensured his staff was trained on Hands-only CPR and what to do in the event someone has sudden cardiac arrest. Once again, his preparation paid off.

On April 6, 2016, a staff member loading a truck in Cuthbert, Georgia, collapsed. Other staff immediately sprang to action and followed the emergency plan to the letter. They began chest compressions and called 911. Another staff member retrieved the AED and brought it to the scene. Minutes later, the ambulance arrived.

Because the staff was prepared, didn’t panic and followed the plan, the victim survived an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.  Nationally, 92 percent  of people who experience cardiac arrest out of the hospital die. However, knowing what to do and acting quickly can dramatically increase survival chances and save a life.  It only takes one.

If you or your group would like to learn hands-only CPR and what to do in the event a loved experiences a cardiac arrest, please contact us.