Deputy Responds to Medical Emergency of a Female with No Pulse CPR & Narcan Administered Probably Saving Her Life
A Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a medical of an adult female who was unconscious and believed to have overdosed. The Deputy arrived and administered Narcan while assisting the citizen who reported the incident with CPR. Two doses of Narcan was administered to reverse the possible overdose of Heroin as they continued CPR. The female eventually regained consciousness, sat up, and answered questions prior to being transported to the hospital by medical personnel for additional observation and care.
On September 16, 2020, at approximately 1:35 a.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Taylor Smith responded to a medical call near W. Jedi Lane and W. Trails Road. The male caller stated a female was unconscious due to a possible overdose, and he started CPR.
Deputy Smith arrived and observed the male performing chest compressions. During a quick evaluation, Deputy Smith could not locate a pulse for the female, and she wasn’t breathing. Deputy Smith continued chest compressions and cleared the female’s airway of matter she vomited.
Believing the female overdosed on Heroin, Deputy Smith administered one dose of Narcan and continued chest compressions. Still not finding a pulse, Deputy Smith provided a second dose of Narcan, cleared the female’s airway, and continued chest compressions with the caller’s help.
After approximately five minutes, the female vomited and began to take deep gurgling breaths, but remained unresponsive. While clearing her airway, medical personnel arrived and continued to provide life-saving aid. A short time later, the female regained consciousness, sat up, and was talking.
The male caller explained he had just met the female and offered her a ride. While driving to the Airway Heights area, she explained she had just used Heroin and didn’t feel well. She slumped over and appeared to pass out. He pulled the car over to the side of the road and called 911. He told the 911 operator the female wasn’t breathing. The 911 operator instructed him to remove her from the car and start CPR, which he continued until Deputy Smith arrived.
The female was transported to the hospital for additional treatment and observation. At last report, she was in stable condition, and it appeared she would recover from this near-death experience.