Corizon “Heroes” in Manhattan

Corizon Heroes in Manhattan

Andrew Campbell, Carline Louis and Dr. Eugenio Mateo

It was yet another particularly busy evening at the Manhattan Detention Complex, a Corizon facility in New York City. The new admissions were rolling in and the staff was working feverishly to keep up with the surge—always mindful of the 24-hour clock. At around 7:20pm, a call came stating there was an emergency involving a new admission in the reception area of the South Tower. The emergency response team sprang into action. Dr. Eugenio Mateo, Carline Louis, RN and Andrew Campbell, PCA, gathered their response equipment and off they went.

When the Corizon team arrived on the scene they found the inmate patient on his back on a bench, completely unresponsive. His face was blue in color indicating he was not breathing. There was a female officer already performing CPR. EMS (Emergency Medical Services) had already been activated by the City of New York Department of Correction.

The Corizon team immediately took over and continued CPR and started ventilating the inmate patient with the help of an ambu bag. He was immediately connected to the cardiac monitor, which showed him to be having sinus tachycardia (increased heart rate) but he was still not breathing at all! The team continued the ventilations but the inmate patient remained cyanotic (blue in color due to lack of oxygen). Good news…the EMTs arrived—but these first responders, being a Basic Life Support team, were not credentialed to intubate the inmate patient. Only EMTs trained or certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) can perform endo-tracheal intubation. So, without a second thought, Dr. Mateo continued his life-saving effort and intubated the inmate patient. Later, Dr. Mateo would comment that he would not have been able to do what he did without the support and cooperation of his colleagues, Nurse Louis and PCA Campbell. Thanks to the heroic efforts of this Corizon team, the inmate patient began to breathe!

At this point, a second EMS Team arrived who was certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and took over the care for the inmate patient. The inmate patient subsequently left the Manhattan Detention Complex…BREATHING and ALIVE for further emergent care at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of ALL the wonderful Corizon Staff at the Manhattan Detention Complex—An NCCHC accredited facility.