After a daylong CPR certification course, Diana Sedler never expected to have her skills tested just hours later at a sushi restaurant
By John Hobbs
“Can someone call an ambulance?!”
The man’s desperate plea rang through an otherwise empty sushi restaurant in Sherman Oaks, Calif., where Diana Sedler DDS ’16, PERIO ’19 and her friends had been dining.
Startled, Sedler turned around to find a frightened man standing over a woman lying on the ground.
Without thinking twice, Sedler sprang to action and ran to the woman’s side.
“I tried right away to check for a pulse, check for breathing, but she wasn’t breathing, and there was no pulse,” Sedler says. “I asked the man if I could start CPR on the woman, and he said yes.”
With CPR fresh in her mind from an advanced cardiac support class she had taken that day (what luck!), Sedler provided chest compressions. The man puffed air into the woman’s lungs.
Together, they eventually brought the woman back from the brink. She had been unresponsive for nearly two minutes,
Grace under fire
“I really didn’t think about it in that situation,” says Sedler, whose friends remarked how quick and calm she had been. “I knew what I had to do. It was as if the protocol were there written in front of me.”
Like all Ostrow DDS students, Sedler had been certified and recertified (required every two years) in basic life support.
At the beginning of her fourth year, Sedler had also become certified in advanced life support. The continuing education course that Sedler had attended that day had been part of her licensure requirements for her periodontic residency at Ostrow.
“It was just such a coincidence that it all happened together, and I told the story over and over again and each time I wondered did it really happen,” Sedler says.
By the time, the woman regained consciousness, the paramedics had arrived.
“They hooked her up to the monitors and I saw her heart beat,” Sedler says. “It was just surreal to think that her heart was beating because of me.”