For Tim Snyder, everything had to happen just right for him to survive the cardiac arrest he experienced last February.
Fortunately, everything did.
His wife, Linda, and a neighbor were there to perform CPR until the ambulance arrived. And the paramedics and the PeaceHealth network were there to provide the rest of the care he needed to pull through.
After collapsing at home, Tim, a surgical technologist at Ketchikan General Hospital, was whisked to his workplace, only this time as a patient.
Doctors in the ED and intensive care unit worked to stabilize Tim’s condition and cool his core temperature to prevent brain damage. He was then flown to St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington for the next stage of care—a heart cath and a stent in his lower anterior descending artery.
“Throughout the whole process everyone jumped in and did their part. No one single group or person could have done it alone,” says Linda. The efforts to save her husband were “total teamwork.”
The electrophysiologist recommended an implantable defibrillator, but first confirmed that it wouldn’t interfere with Tim’s ability to get back to doing his job in the operating room.
Tim’s family was also considered an important part of his care team. “Throughout the entire time, the whole PeaceHealth group kept me informed and in the loop,” she says. “I knew he was in good hands.”
Now, back home, Tim downloads his defibrillator’s weekly readings to the heart specialists in Bellingham and once a month, his cardiologist makes the trip up to check on him and other cardiac patients in Ketchikan.
Tim and Linda are both thankful to PeaceHealth and local rescue workers for saving his life and his livelihood.