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THE UPS & DOWNS OF EMS
A CRITICAL ASSIST
Wake County (N.C.) paramedics Greg Rodevick and Rich
Eldridge staged themselves and their equipment at Raleigh’s
PNC Arena on Saturday, Dec. 2, with a simple plan of having a
Chick-fil-A sandwich and standing
by courtside if needed for EMS cov-
erage at the North Carolina State
Wolfpack men’s basketball game
as they hosted the South Carolina
Things changed quickly. Not long
into the game, they were called over
for a player with an apparent knee
injury. As they approached, they
were determining whether to have
their stretcher brought over, but they
were interrupted by commotion over
at the SC State bench.
The two paramedics were quickly diverted from the knee injury
to what was obviously a critical emergency—SC State Senior Guard
Tyvoris Solomon had collapsed and appeared to be unconscious.
What may have appeared on the surface to be chaos at the bench
was actually an outstanding example of what should happen anytime
someone collapses and becomes unresponsive.
SC State Athletic Trainer Tyler Long immediately kneeled down
beside Solomon to provide hard,
fast, uninterrupted chest compressions on the lifeless basketball player
who had just stopped breathing.
NC State keeps an automated
external defibrillator (AED) at the
bench, and staff from SC State had
retrieved it and applied the pads to
Rodevick and Eldridge quickly
began coordinating care. A shock
was delivered, but a pulse wasn’t
immediately detectable afterward,
so compressions were continued.
Within a few moments, a pulse was detected as they switched
over to the Wake County EMS cardiac monitor. Soon after, return
of spontaneous circulation was achieved and Solomon was awake and
talking with the crew and team.
In the meantime, Wake County EMS unit
18 had arrived, and care was transferred to Justin Miracle, John Porter and Brandon Kaupa
for transport to University of North Carolina’s Rex Healthcare’s N.C. Heart and Vascular Hospital Hospital. They were assisted by
District Chief Benji Currie.
Rodevick and Eldridge remained in place
to cover the game when it resumed, but after
the game they stopped by the hospital to speak
SC State Head Coach Murray Garvin
stayed by Solomon’s side throughout the entire
incident. He remained at the hospital as members the Wake County EMS crews visited.
Solomon and Garvin were very thankful for
how so many people came together so quickly
when it counted.
We give a thumbs up to Long for immediately recognizing the signs of cardiac arrest and
providing high-quality chest compressions. We
also praise the providers from Wake County
EMS for conducting a perfect resuscitation—
which was the result of preparation and cooperation on the part of both Wake County EMS
and SC State Bulldogs staff. JEMS
Wake County (N.C.) EMS paramedics Greg Rodevick and Rich Eldridge (foreground) and District Chief Benji Currie
visit South Carolina State Senior Guard Tyvoris Solomon in his hospital room after the basketball player was successfully resuscitated after he collapsed during a game. Athletic trainer Tyler Long (right) provided high-quality
CPR immediately after Solomon colllapsed.
The two paramedics
were quickly diverted
from the knee injury to
what was obviously a