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EMS leaders, providers respond to Buffalo Bills player’s collapse, on-field treatment

Social media discussions have included CPR best practices, information on cardiac care and expressions of pride in the industry

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Buffalo Bills players and staffers prayed for Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin, whose heart stopped during the game Monday night. EMS providers treated him on the field.

Photo/Joshua A. Bickel/Associated Press

By Leila Merrill
EMS1

CINCINNATI — Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin remains at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in critical care Tuesday, a day after his heart stopped during a game, the Bills said via Twitter.

Since the 24-year-old safety went into cardiac arrest and collapsed, EMS experts have been weighing in on EMS providers’ on-field response.

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Buffalo Bills players and staffers prayed for Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin, whose heart stopped during the game Monday night. EMS providers treated him on the field.

Photo/Joshua A. Bickel/Associated Press

Here is a collection of social media responses.

Resuscitation best practices

Some discussed prehospital resuscitation best practices.

https://twitter.com/MrJameWheaton/status/1610130909449289728 https://twitter.com/comilla_s/status/1610271099333513217 https://twitter.com/JonMassCasualty/status/1610330198209359872 https://www.facebook.com/jnmccloughan/posts/pfbid02khxBFBmUF5PMCULqBN7aqKATNUVrkSCvWXDj1gaVfGJ6Gd3RW4yFkXZw4fAv7ACpl

Cardiac care education

Some explained cardiac arrest and its treatment to members of the public scrolling for information.

https://twitter.com/HeartNews/status/1610154779770064896 https://twitter.com/BenjaminAbella/status/1610116451813429258 https://twitter.com/BenjaminAbella/status/1610156874091073540

Bystander CPR

To some, this has been a prime moment to discuss the importance of bystander CPR, which improves survival rates.

https://twitter.com/EMT0530/status/1610267526143041538 https://www.facebook.com/pakmedic/posts/pfbid0zzkQFgzNuuFtLHGxPi68DgxTj8UQPU48C22UcDxe2ehYoydesFiMdEyPccmqGeBxl

EMS pride

This has been a time of pride, too, for the way those on the field performed after Hamlin went down.

https://twitter.com/ktcollopy/status/1610272847842140160 https://twitter.com/HeartOTXHeartMD/status/1610102396470071301 https://twitter.com/SteveBenko/status/1610175062421676038 https://twitter.com/RiyazManjiyani/status/1610113640341938179

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