Physician disregards infection possibilities to resuscitate man

Physician disregards infection possibilities to resuscitate man

TAIPEI - A physician recently resuscitated a man whom paramedics refused to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on, fearing infection, due to the amount of blood in the man's mouth.

Dr. Wang Cheng-kun (王正坤), head of the Tainan Medical Association, recently attended a basketball game hosted by a university in Taipei, in which a middle-aged player collapsed on court due to a heart attack. Three paramedics who were also present at the game proceeded to perform chest compressions on the man.

Because the man had broken his teeth upon collapsing, there was a large amount of bleeding in his month. The paramedics, fearing infection, refrained from performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Wang said that he also feared infection but decided that it was nonetheless imperative to save the man and proceeded to perform the necessary procedure, given that the man's pupils were dilated and that his face had turned dark.

Wang said that when he blew breath into the man, he heard popping sounds coming from his lungs.

As the physician performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, others administered defibrillation and chest compressions. Afterward, the man was sent to a nearby hospital for surgery and awoke the next morning.

Wang later learned that the man was a hepatitis virus carrier and went to the hospital to receive an injection and run a blood test.

The physician said that he didn't intend to make himself seem heroic by describing the event.

Referring to previously reported incidents, Wang added that he does not understand why people would use violence against nurses and doctors in hospitals, given that the latter are tasked with saving lives.

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