Elderly man found face down in pool

Tequesta Fire Rescue was dispatched on Saturday morning to Sandpoint Bay Drive. There was a report that an elderly man was face down in a swimming pool.

CPR was performed by bystanders prior to the arrival and advanced life support measures were performed by Tequesta Fire-Rescue personnel. The elderly man was transported in critical condition to Jupiter Medical Center.

Here is some good info from the Mayo Clinic

The American Heart Association recommends that everyone — untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike — begin CPR with chest compressions.

It’s far better to do something than to do nothing at all if you’re fearful that your knowledge or abilities aren’t 100 percent complete. Remember, the difference between your doing something and doing nothing could be someone’s life.

Here’s advice from the American Heart Association:

  • Untrained. If you’re not trained in CPR, then provide hands-only CPR. That means uninterrupted chest compressions of 100 to 120 a minute until paramedics arrive (described in more detail below). You don’t need to try rescue breathing.
  • Trained and ready to go. If you’re well-trained and confident in your ability, begin with chest compressions instead of first checking the airway and doing rescue breathing. Start CPR with 30 chest compressions before checking the airway and giving rescue breaths.
  • Trained but rusty. If you’ve previously received CPR training but you’re not confident in your abilities, then just do chest compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 a minute. (Details described below.)

The above advice applies to adults, children and infants needing CPR, but not newborns.

CPR can keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs until more definitive medical treatment can restore a normal heart rhythm.

When the heart stops, the lack of oxygenated blood can cause brain damage in only a few minutes. A person may die within eight to 10 minutes.


Palm Beach & Martin County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Call today and see if when the local CPR classes are.
West Palm Beach Office
Address: 1250 Northpoint Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Phone: (561) 833-7711Stuart Office
Address: 2750 South Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: (772) 287-2002

Boca Raton Office
Address: 5820 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33487
Phone: (561) 994-2060

Belle Glade Office
Address: 149 SE Avenue D, Belle Glade FL 33430
Phone: (561) 996-4291

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