AutoPulse Used to Resuscitate Scotsman During Heart Surgery

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January 15, 2014 – A 51-year-old Scotsman is very, very lucky to be alive today. Shortly before Christmas, Brian Keeley left the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Glasgow with both a new heart and a new bride—and essentially a brand-new outlook on life.

Three months earlier, in July, the artist was flown by the helicopter emergency medical services to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank, Scotland, after he began experiencing severe chest pains while touring the Scottish islands. He was diagnosed with a major blockage in his main artery that required a series of emergency operations—a condition that is most always fatal.

During an operation to insert a stent, Keeley went into sudden cardiac arrest and the ZOLL AutoPulse® Non-invasive Cardiac Support Pump was used on him for nearly an hour to restore his circulation. The Golden Jubilee is only one of two hospitals in Scotland that have AutoPulse in the cath lab—lucky for Keeley.

In spite of this emergency treatment, Keeley’s condition continued to deteriorate, and he was placed on a ventricular assist device (VAD), which acts like mechanical heart. At this point, his only option was a heart transplant. But before he could be placed on the transplant list, he required kidney dialysis and other medical treatments to improve his condition.

Not knowing if he was going to make it, he married his girlfriend bedside in the intensive care unit. A donor heart for Keeley was found two weeks after he was placed on the emergency transplant list. Now, since his discharge, Keeley’s main goal is physiotherapy, building back his body strength after lying on his back for three months.

Use of the AutoPulse in the cath lab continues to gain momentum when it comes to helping to save the lives of patients who have a sudden cardiac arrest and require cath lab intervention. 

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