Right place at the right time

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Talk about timing. A Keizer nurse’s quick efforts helped save a man’s life – and she just happened to be driving by when she saw him collapse at the corner Dearborn Avenue and River Road. “I turned to my right and saw a man standing at the bus stop there – he had a hold of it with both hands,” said Patty Rainsberry-Ricketts. “I watched as his knees bent and he felt flat back on the sidewalk.” She pulled across traffic and asked a nearby school bus bus driver to call 911. He was sprawled on the pavement, turning purple. He wasn’t breathing and had no pulse. She’s a pediatric nurse at Salem Hospital, but the basic life support training she received doesn’t fully prepare for performing CPR on a fully-grown adult. Rainsberry-Ricketts was used to doing the same for babies – with the littlest ones, you use just two fingers. “I knew I needed to break ribs. And man, you can hear that!” Rainsberry-Ricketts said. “I don’t even like it when people crack their neck, so after they broke you’re hearing that crunch, crunch, crunch.” A crowd of bystanders was gathering, and one person wanted to help – just not too much. “I asked her to do breaths, and she said, ‘No, I don’t want to do breaths,” Rainsberry-Ricketts said. “Then I...

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