(Bradenton, FL—January 11, 2019) Manatee Technical College practical nursing student Deliana Marte earned a Lifesaving Award this week from the Manatee County Department of Public Safety Emergency Medical Services.
When Marte, who is also a medical assistant at Ellenton Urgent Care, went to work one day, she didn’t anticipate needing to help paramedics save a man’s life.
She was administering an EKG when the patient suffered what is commonly known as a widow-maker heart attack. Marte administered compressions while paramedics defibrillated him and started an IV.
After hospitalization and further care, the patient made a full recovery. Only a small percentage of people survive this type of heart attack, and only with immediate care.
It was the first time Marte had administered CPR on a live patient. She will graduate in June and plans to become an RN.