The medical material that saved the life of a Cádiz FC fan

Certain health elements allowed the professionals present to save the life of a person in the Cádiz stadium. This is the equipment that was used in this critical situation with a happy ending.

Last update: September 19, 2022

Not long ago, a situation that took place in a Spanish football stadium caught the attention of many people. A Cádiz FC fan had a heart attack in the stands and a nurse who was on the scene saved his life.

In addition to this initial cardiorespiratory resuscitation, the use of specific healthcare elements was necessary. Next, we will detail all the tools that were used in the protocol.

RCP: the maneuver that saved the Cádiz fan

First of all, it should be noted that the human resources that were key to keeping a pulse on the 68-year-old man who had a heart attack during the match between Cádiz FC and FC Barcelona.

CPR is a resuscitation technique that is implemented when a person suffers a cardiorespiratory arrest or when their heart stops beating. To do this, cardiac compressions are used to preserve blood circulation in the body until medical help arrives. CPR techniques vary depending on the patient’s health status, as well as his age.

The role of the defibrillator in a heart attack

If a defibrillator is used in the minutes after a heart attack, the patient’s chance of survival is greatly increased. This was what happened with the Cádiz fan.

In the stadium there was a defibrillator monitor that quickly reached the hands of a health assistant; Fortunately, the device was close to the affected person. In addition, the image of Conan Ledesma, goalkeeper of the local team, became very famous, approaching another device that FC Barcelona gave in case it was necessary.

The defibrillator is essential in case of a cardiorespiratory emergency.

The defibrillator has the function of reactivating the beats of a person by an electric shock. Its use, although it is simple, should be applied only under certain circumstances, and that is why these types of elements must be handled by professional health personnel.



Airway and circulatory access bags

It is called airway backpack a one that allows to store and transport all the implements that could be necessary in a cardiac or respiratory emergency. These are particular instruments and drugs of the specific medical equipment for urgencies and emergencies in pre-hospital care.

Specifically, we talk about oxygen masks and tubes, for example. Also included in these backpacks are medicines that could be useful to supply people in an emergency in a public place, before taking them to a health center.

Material for peripheral venous access

Sergio Salgado, one of the nurses from the 601 service who went to the stadium in the face of the Cádiz fan’s emergency, said that there was no material for peripheral venous access at the site. What was he referring to?

Venous accesses are those procedures with which a vein communicates with the outside. They constitute a way to perform advanced life support. In cases such as a heart attack, a venous access can be used to deliver a drug through it.

The person assisted in the stands of the Cádiz stadium was sedated with drugs “for technical and clinical reasons”Salgado said. However, this was done with the material that the emergency professionals who arrived at the stadium brought with them; not with material there present.



stretcher, ambulance and other tools

Finally, the action of the aforementioned tools was complemented by other elements, such as a kit for COVID patients (although this was not the case) and a tablet PC for monitoring the patient’s clinical condition in detail.

In addition, to facilitate the transfer to the hospital, a stretcher was necessary, which a player and an assistant transported from the field of play. The participation of the ambulance was key; it has the necessary equipment to maintain stability until reaching a health facility.

The ambulance must have what is necessary to maintain the stability of the patient while he is transferred to the hospital.

Prevention can save lives, like the Cádiz fan

Although what happened in the stands of the Cádiz stadium was not without controversy regarding the handling of the situation by those involved, the importance of knowing how to act in an emergency of this type is evident.

The Cádiz FC fan was able to survive the heart attack thanks to the intervention of the nurse who performed CPR on the scene and also by the subsequent arrival of emergency personnel. These provided the necessary health material to stabilize it, according to his account.

In conclusion, two essential aspects stand out. On the one hand, the knowledge of CPR techniques, essential to save a life at any time. And on the other, the prevention of having basic health equipment, something that no institution should ignore.

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