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McHenry ICU nurses save a man’s life in Las Vegas

By David Weegar, RN IV
Intensive Care Unit at Centegra Hospital-McHenry

I want to share a story about the heroic actions two nurses from the Intensive Care Unit at Centegra Hospital-McHenry took. Alexis Wisniewski, RN III, and Katie Young, RN II, attended a wedding in Las Vegas in April.

While in the MGM hotel food court, our two nurses noticed a man in line collapse to the ground. They ran to the scene in their high heels and dresses and found an older man with labored breathing who was unresponsive.

The two, remembering their Centegra core value of passionately caring, immediately sprang into action. Alexis determined the man did not have a pulse and started chest compressions while Katie began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Alexis and Katie continued CPR as another patron obtained an AED. Once connected, the device indicated a shockable rhythm was found. The patient was defibrillated and began to regain consciousness.

Our two nurses stayed with the patient until the paramedics arrived. The paramedics reported that the EKG showed ST elevation (this indicates a heart attack), and he was transported to the local hospital.

The hotel graciously rewarded Wisniewski and Young by covering their resort fees and providing a generous food and drink voucher. Although the two of them told me that using their skills to save the man’s life was reward enough!