Man suffers cardiac arrest in Rocky Mountain National Park
October 13, 2009
At 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, park dispatch received a cell-phone call concerning an 80-year-old man who was suffering from a possible heart attack on the Dream Lake Trail in the Bear Lake area of Rocky Mountain
The patient was roughly 1 mile, at an elevation gain of 425 feet (9,900 feet) from the trailhead. A park ranger medic reached the
patient at 12:54 p.m. Two other rangers reached the scene shortly after. An eight-person park litter team reached the patient one-half hour later. The patient was packaged in a wheeled litter and the team began
bringing him down the trail. He reached the trailhead at 2:40 p.m.
Shortly after, he went in to cardiac arrest.
Rangers and paramedics
from Estes Park Medical Center provided resuscitation. St. Anthony’s Lifeguard One flew the patient from the Bear Lake parking lot to Boulder Community Hospital. The patient, whose name is being withheld until family members are notified, was conscious when he left the park.