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Jim Alexander

Las Vegas security officer saves two lives in less than one year

U.S. Air Force retiree Jim Alexander works as a security officer at Stardust Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. In less than one year, Alexander saved the lives of two casino guests: one in September 1997 and another in August 1998. In each case, Alexander used the LIFEPAK 500 AED to restart the person’s heart.

As Alexander explains, “Our local medics get to our casinos quickly, but the buildings are so large and crowded sometimes it takes too long to actually reach the patient.” Instead, Alexander’s employer, Boyd Gaming Corp. installed AEDs in each of its seven casinos.

One shock is sometimes all it takes to restart a heart.

Alexander, one of many Boyd employees trained on the AEDs, recalls the latest incident, “We got a call that one of our guests had collapsed during a ballroom dancing contest. The man was unconscious and not breathing and bystanders had begun CPR; we immediately hooked him up to the AED, which analyzed his heart and recommended a shock. That was all it took. Before we knew it he was awake.”

“I should finish the story by saying he got up and finished the contest, but that would be a bit of an exaggeration,” Alexander jokes. “At least we got him feeling good enough to argue with the paramedics about going to the hospital.”

Read more about AEDs in the hospitality and resort industry (PDF File) in this article from Boyd Gaming Magazine.

“No one likes to think bad things will happen to them, but you never know….Having AEDs at our casinos has elevated the standard of what’s expected at other facilities.”

Jim Alexander, security officer and AED user

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