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August 12, 1974

Medical News

JAMA. 1974;229(7):745-757. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230450001001

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Medic I means fast help in emergency  The last thing Eldon Holmes, a 53-year-old Seattle salesman, remembers about the morning of Feb 29, 1972, is that he was sitting at the breakfast table drinking coffee. His wife was in the bathroom when she heard a terrible crash.Mrs. Holmes ran into the living room where she found her husband sprawled on the floor, his face turning purple. She grabbed a wet towel for his face then realized he was unconscious and rushed to the telephone.Her call to 911, Seattle's emergency number, was received at 7:14 A.M. Two minutes later a Fire Department aid car arrived at Mr. Holmes' high-rise apartment building near downtown. Within another minute, Medic I, one of the city's three intensive coronary care units, was on the scene. The four firemen, two trained in emergency first aid and two as advanced paramedics, found the victim on