Farmington Hills, Mich. (March 26, 2009)---Sharon Edwards, R.N., of Livonia, works at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich. The hospital’s Safety Board chose her for one of its 2009 Safety Excellence Award for saving the life of Laura Barton.
Barton and Edwards work together in Botsford’s Progressive Care Unit (PCU). Barton is a unit secretary.
While dining together at an area restaurant, the nurse noticed her friend exhibiting symptoms of choking, including being unable to breathe. Edwards snapped into immediate action, performing the Heimlich maneuver. The abdominal thrusts exerted pressure on the bottom of Barton’s diaphragm, which compressed her lungs and exerted pressure on the blockage in her trachea. The move successfully expelled the bite of food.
“Choking is serious. Prolonged or complete choking results in asphyxiation, which leads to hypoxia (turning blue) and is potentially fatal,” explains Marge Hasler, R.N., Botsford’s vice-president and chief nursing officer and chair of the hospital’s Safety Board. “Sharon’s rapid and correct application of treatment probably meant the difference between living and dying for Laura.”
Botsford Hospital, an independent 330-bed community teaching hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2007 Governor’s Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.
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