Teacher’s Cardiac Arrest A Race Against The Clock

Surveillance cameras at Sylvania’s Maplewood Elementary captured the entire incident: 5th grade teacher Liz Meister escorting her students to a holiday assembly and suddenly falling to the ground.

“I was told I went into cardiac arrest — 75% blockage in the — they call it — widow maker,” she said.

Luckily for Liz, the fire station is right across the street. It took Sylvania paramedics just minutes to arrive. And minutes made all the difference. “When we talk about heart attacks, heart disease, time is muscle, so we need to get to you as soon as possible and start treatment as soon as possible,” explained Marcus Sautter, Sylvania Fire Department.

Arriving in one of Lucas County’s advanced life support squads, the first responders were able to start life-saving procedures on Liz right at the scene, instead of waiting until she got to the hospital. By the time she arrived at ProMedica Toledo Hospital, Liz had already been shocked, received an IV, was intubated and was given medicine to heal. Information was also sent to the hospital so they were ready to send her to the cath lab at arrival.

Years later, Liz’s experience is still teaching important lessons about how to react and the impact of Lucas County’s Advanced Life Support Squad. View the video above to learn more.