Alicia Bravo is an emergency medicine nurse here at Hennepin Healthcare. Healthy and athletic, Alicia was training for a triathlon swimming across a lake, her dad and sister boating alongside.
Suddenly, Alicia stopped cold and mouthed the word ‘help’. Still unresponsive after being thrown a flotation device, her sister dove in and brought her to the boat. Her father began CPR all the way to the dock. Continuing CPR, along with Alicia’s husband, the EMTs arrived and took over from there. They continued CPR with a device called LUCAS, which administers chest compressions. Ironically, the LUCAS device was purchased with money raised from a fundraiser race the previous year of which Alicia was a part of. (more…)