When someone brings this story to light, another person would probably argue it’s false for that duration can only indicate that the body is already growing cold with no movement of blood to the brain and other parts of the body. The point is that Howard Snitzer not only made history but can also be said to have cheated death. The device used to put him in a stable condition with no pulse as physicians worked with him has also gained a lot of reputation for its work during that time. Capnograph, is the name of this amazing device, whose work is to measure the amount of carbon dioxide released in every breath is useful as doctors can understand the amount of blood moving to vital organs even though the heart is not pumping. The results that would work to indicate the benefits of using this device largely depends on the responders that come to the scene to help embark on the resuscitation process.
Responders and Their Experience
Chronograph was first used by a nurse who put a lot of efforts to reinstate a 54 year old man who had collapsed from cardiac arrest. This is the same approach that responders used to understand whether their efforts were working on bringing back to life, Howard Snizter, one of the few men to have succumbed and overcome death! These responders worked hard by taking turns to work on Snitzer and this was long after the doctor called it in and said that Mr. Howard was indeed dead. So were these responders experimenting or were they determined to do the impossible? Well, no matter what their plans were, it worked out and brought back to life, the man who was presumed dead. According to an anesthesiologist, a lot of lessons were learnt from this experience. Generally, men tend to give up on someone so fast even when the possibilities may still be out there to save his life.
Capnograph to the test
The availability of the object or the tool to measure the said carbon dioxide and calculate the amount of blood travelling to the other parts of the body can be credited in this endeavor, however, more than that, the greatest outcome is subject to the efforts showed by those two responders on the scene. The anesthesiologist worked to help get the Howard Snitzer heart back into the pulse position. Though the capnographs are designed to be used in operating rooms, and this is actually where they would be found in most cases, they are slowly getting adopted in other cases to help save lives as in the case of a man who was presumed dead for up to 96 minutes by the emergency room doctors. In certain similar incidents, the patients would succumb to brain damage but this was not the case with this man! Whether it’s the use of a capnograph or basic life saving CPR skills, life is precious enough never to give up trying to save it.