John Logsdon Iowa
John Logsdon of Colo, IA is 69 years old. Last August, he had a STEMI (myocardial infarction or widow maker) heart attack. He had been driving to a local machine shop to deliver materials. When he got to the shop and started unloading his truck, he began sweating profusely and having a hard time breathing.
Prior to this, he had no signs of cardiac problems. In fact, he had just been to the Iowa Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines a month prior and had a good check-up.
When he started experiencing symptoms, the men at the machine shop called 911. Colo Fire and Rescue squad was dispatched and got to John in about 1 minute. The EMT’s loaded John into the ambulance and started care, which consisted of CPR, use of the defibrillator and obtaining a 12-Lead ECG-equipment to relay critical heart readings to the nearest hospital able to handle cardiac patients.
Colo Fire and Rescue transported John to Story County Regional Medical Center in Nevada, IA, arriving about 10 minutes later. Once there and using the data sent to the hospital from the ambulance, doctors decided he needed to be immediately air lifted to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines that would be able to treat his STEMI heart attack.
At Mercy, Dr. Iannone placed 2 stents in the coronary arteries of John’s heart. Today, John is doing very well, and he credits the speed and care of the Colo Fire and Rescue EMTs and the teams at Story County Regional Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines for saving his life. John’s story is why state-funding for Mission Lifeline is so important, because without the proper equipment and education, the system of care can’t work together seamlessly to provide live-saving care.