Visit to Madison, Dane County Saves Man's Life?

Friday, March 2, 2012 - 3:33am

An Ohio man in Madison this week on business had the bad luck to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest while he was here, but the very good fortune to be the beneficiary of a system where everything worked that day.

The man was visiting a Mortenson Construction site on the UW campus Wednesday when he collapsed in an office area on the site. Workers from Mortenson and Hallmark Drywall who witnessed the collapse immediately moved to respond. One called the Dane County 911 Communications Center. Another reached for the AED on the wall. Others began chest compressions. Still others moved into place to guide City of Madison firefighters and paramedics to the location of the patient, which was set back and concealed from its address on University Avenue.

911 call taker Laurie Frederickson continued with calm instructions until firefighters and medics arrived moments later.

Medic 9 did a rapid assessment of the scene, treating the patient and transporting him to UW Hospital within minutes of their arrival. Engine Company 4 met with the crew on site to talk them through the incident and reassure them that they had done all the right things.

The workers on site told firefighters that they trained regularly for incidents and that the training had "really paid off" on this occasion.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) prevents sharing specific patient details of anyone treated by the MFD. Today's report however, puts the man in good condition, preparing to be released from the hospital, making it clear that on this day, in this city, and in the hands of people who knew what to do, a 64-year-old man from Ohio got his best possible chance to return to his home and his life.


  • Lori Wirth(608) 266-5947