When they arrived at the hospital at around 9 a.m. one of the members of the transport team was Darrell Griswold, a seasoned pediatric transport nurse. Griswold informed Jordan’s parents that it was difficult to stabilize him for transport. And he had to give them more sobering news.
“He wasn’t able to maintain a blood pressure,” Griswold said.” “He was pale and had really cold extremities. His oxygen saturations were in the 70s and 80s ? really low. He was one of the most critically sick patients I’ve ever transported.
“I had to tell them that he was so sick, I didn’t know whether or not he would be able to survive the transport,” Griswold said. “That was really hard.”
But the transport team was determined to save Jordan. So determined, in fact, that Griswold and another member of the team, transport nurse Ken Toles, would hand ventilate — or ‘bag’ ? Jordan throughout the trip from Renown to the fixed-wing airplane at the airport in Reno and throughout the flight to Executive Airport in Sacramento and then from the airport to UC Davis Children’s Hospital ? for a total of about two hours.
“After two hours of driving,” Jordan’s father recalled, “I heard that he had arrived alive and had been taken to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Within minutes of arriving at the hospital we heard over the intercom ‘code blue on Floor 10.’ I rushed there to find his room filled with medical staff, busy in life-saving mode, that they had done CPR on Jordan for six minutes, and had just brought his heartbeat back after inserting a cannula into his heart to connect him with ECMO. ”
“He had been pale and blue when he left Reno. Now at least he was getting oxygen,” Herbst said.
A “miraculous save”
Herbst had witnessed his very sick son’s response to being placed on extra-c
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