Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Howard Snitzer was revived after 96 minutes without a heartbeat - 23rd Aug 2011

A man was revived after his heart had stopped beating for an incredible 96 minutes.

Emergency room doctors said the Minnesota man was dead.

But first responders who gave CPR on the scene decided not to give up because of technology that allowed them to see their efforts were working.

Howard Snitzer collapsed in front of a Minnesota grocery store one cold night in January.For more than an hour and a half, he had no pulse.

Emergency room doctors said there was nothing more they could do.

But one of the flight nurses who had come with the emergency helicopter had been trained in capnography, a technology, used by anesthesiologists to monitor a patient's breathing during surgery.

Capnography measures how much carbon dioxide is being expelled with each breath.

Snitzer's carbon dioxide levels suggested that blood was flowing to vital organs like the heart and brain, and the nurse thought he still had a chance. Read More