MAYWOOD, IL – Chad Morsch was about to enter a Walmart store in Darien, Ill. when he saw an unconscious man lying on the ground just outside the entrance.
Mr. Morsch immediately put to use his training in advanced cardiac life support. He began doing chest compressions, while another bystander performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Mr. Morsch is Loyola University Health System Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist.
When paramedics from the Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District arrived, they determined the man was in full cardiac arrest. The paramedics shocked the man with a defibrillator and took him to a local hospital.
By the time the man arrived at the emergency department, he was alert and speaking, and had normal mental status.
The Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District has presented Mr. Morsch and the other bystander with a Civilian Commendation.
“Without the rapid intervention of the civilians in providing immediate, effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the outcome would have been much different,” the commendation says. “It’s a comfort to all in knowing that there are those who would stop to help another human being in a time of need.”
Mr. Morsch, who works in Loyola’s Department of Radiology, conducts nuclear stress tests on heart patients. A nuclear stress test typically involves taking two sets of images of the heart, one while the patient is at rest, and one when the heart has been stressed by exercise or medication. Mr. Morsch is trained in advanced cardiac life support in the event a patient goes into cardiac arrest while exercising.