The Importance of By-stander CPR: Off-duty CMC/DHK Nurse Saves Heart Attack Victim at Local Restaurant

July 7th, 2015

Jeannine Lucius, a Registered Nurse at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene's Intensive Care Unit, performed CPR on a local resident in the kitchen at a Keene restaurant.

Lucius was off-duty and having breakfast with her 4-year-old daughter and a friend at The Pub restaurant in Keene, NH on the morning of June 10, 2015 when a member of the waitstaff asked if there was a paramedic, nurse, or doctor in the building.  Lucius responded and was brought to the kitchen where she found a man unconscious on the floor and began performing CPR until the paramedics arrived.  Lucius' actions and the chain of events which occurred saved the life of the 53-year-old man.  Read the full story in the Keene Sentinel.

The American Heart Association (AHA) indicates that "4 out of 5 cardiac arrests happen at home, and that effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival.  Statistically speaking, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone you know." 

Hands-Only CPR (CPR with just chest compressions) has been proven to be as effective as CPR with breaths in treating adult cardiac arrest victims and has been recommended by the AHA.

CPR Classes are available locally in the Keene area:

For more information, contact Kristen Bernier at (603) 354-6921.