RIVERSIDE – According to a statement from the Riverside Police Department, a 16-year-old basketball player who collapsed at a tournament held Saturday at Riverside Brookfield High School has died.
An off-duty doctor from CGH Medical Center in Sterling and an off-duty nurse at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn began performing CPR before police and paramedics arrived and found the boy in full cardiac arrest.
A press release from the Riverside fire and police departments reported that medical personnel were able to find a pulse as the boy was being taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where he was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit and listed in critical condition.
Police called the scene at the high school "extremely chaotic" and worked to clear space among hundreds of spectators so paramedics could work.
Riverside paramedics recently placed new defibrillators in service
A news release from the Riverside Fire Department on Tuesday reported that Riverside paramedics had just recently placed a new defibrillator and cardiac monitor into service on Friday. The monitor was first used by paramedics at the tournament on Saturday when the player collapsed.
The new defibrillators walk paramedics or bystanders through how to maximize CPR efforts, which the release said was critical to improved survival rates. The new defibrillators alert rescuers in real-time if chest compressions are too slow or too fast, without interrupting CPR efforts.
Riverside paramedic Keith Langele said he believed the new defibrillators played a role in giving the player the best chance after his collapse at the game.
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