A Mazatzal Hotel and Casino worker who went into cardiac arrest while gardening Monday afternoon was revived, thanks to the prompt action of casino security, according to the Payson Fire Department.
This is the fourth time in four years that the casino has used its automated external defibrillator (AED) to save the life of a guest or employee.
About 2:30 p.m., Nikki Small, the casino’s security supervisor, said she heard a call over the radio that an employee had collapsed while working near the tribal police department.
Small, along with Safety Coordinator Luci Shaw and two other security officers, rushed from the casino to the woman, who was lying in a gravel pit in front of the police station.
Small hooked the woman to the AED machine, which instructed Small to deliver one shock. The machine then analyzed the woman and instructed for CPR. Shaw administered 20 compressions and the woman “came back,” Small said.
This is the second time Small has has used the AED. A few years ago, a man collapsed in the men’s rest room and staff used the machine to help revive him.
Small said she has worked with the woman who collapsed Monday for years.
“When you are in a medical situation, you get in this mindset, but it is a little different when it is someone you know,” she said.
Everyone in security at the casino is trained in AED and CPR. The casino acquired its AED in 2006.
“The woman is still alive as a result of the life-saving efforts of staff,” said Payson Fire Battalion Chief Dan Bramble.
The woman was flown to a Valley hospital for follow-up care.
Currently, through a partnership with the Payson Fire Department and the Mogollon Health Alliance, anyone can sign up to attend a CPR/AED course. Contact the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 to sign up.
It costs around $1,800 for an AED, including cabinet and all necessary accessories, Bramble said.
Those interested in procuring an AED or donating money to purchase additional units can contact him at the Payson Fire Department, (928) 474-3385.
AEDs are currently installed at the following locations:
• Payson Athletic Club, 400 E. Highway 260
• Payson Fire Department Station 11, 400 W. Main Street
• Gila County Sheriff’s Office (Payson)
• Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road
• Payson Parks and Recreation — Taylor Pool, 504 N. McLane Road
• Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, Highway 87, mile marker 251
• Tonto Apache Tribe Recreational Center
• Tonto Apache Tribe Administration Building
• Two at Payson High School, 301 S. McLane Road
• SemStream, 200 W. Longhorn Road
• Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road
• Payson Sleep Services, 614 S. Beeline
• William R. Blackmore, DDS, 704 S. Meadow
• Payson Town Hall, 303 N. Beeline
• Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street
• Four in Payson Police Department patrol cars