Quick thinking PCTII comes to the rescue

Quick thinking PCTII comes to the rescue

Melody Wucsina

Melody Wucsina, PCT II

A big shout out to Melody Wucsina, PCT II on MSU for thinking fast, acting fast and staying calm!

While caring for her patients, Melody heard someone calling out for help. She rushed to find out what the need was and saw an elderly man who was in tears, saying “my wife is choking!”. Melody and the patient’s husband rushed to the patient’s room, and she immediately saw the patient sitting up in the bed exhibiting signs of distress. Melody assessed that the patient “was choking, short of breath, and her lips were turning blue.” She remained calm, used her BLS skills, and without hesitation, performed the Heimlich maneuver on the patient, successfully dislodging a piece of macaroni from the patient’s throat.

The patient immediately felt better, her breathing normalized, and her skin tone returned to normal. But Melody’s work did not stop there; she proceeded to make the patient comfortable while consoling and reassuring both patient and spouse that everything was going to be okay. Both the patient and family member were very thankful and appreciative that Melody reacted so quickly and so professionally to an emergent situation.

Melody has been a patient care technician for 13 years at AAMC and has consistently demonstrated excellent care and kindness to her patients and their families. During this incident, her calm demeanor and expertise saved the day! When asked about the event, Melody responded that “this is the second time I have been able to perform the Heimlich on a person who was choking. I was glad to be able to help.” We are so proud to have Melody on our team!

-MaryAnn Julian, Charge RN, MSU

12 comments

  1. Posted by Merlin, at Reply

    Great Job Melody, we all know we can count on you at any giving time.!!!!!! and this was just one of many times.

  2. Posted by Kathleen Kelm, at Reply

    Melody, if I didn’t already to have had great respect for your skills and compassion, I would now. Thank you again for your services to our patients.

  3. Posted by jazmin manlapaz, at Reply

    Melody,
    You did a great job ! But then again you really care for your patients and keep them safe at all times.

  4. Posted by carol Namo, at Reply

    Melody, that was awsome. Thanks for being who you are so you could be of help to those who needed it. I know one couple that will always be thankful for your being there when it counted. Awsome job. Thank you for being a daily inspiration to all of us.

  5. Posted by Kathy Sowa, at Reply

    Our PCTs are the best at AAMC! They are often the first ones to find a patient in need and we appreciate your work! We are fortunate to have you and your great work ethic!

  6. Posted by Ruby Vlcej, at Reply

    Nice job!!

  7. Posted by Mary, at Reply

    WOW – You’ve saved two lives and affected the lives of many others with your quick thinking and actions. Way to go, Melody!

  8. Posted by Maureen, at Reply

    You are the best!

  9. Posted by Mary Cohn, at Reply

    Way to go Melody! You are the best! I can’t imagine how grateful the couple must be that you were on the scene.
    Thanks Melody!

  10. Posted by Kim Belair, at Reply

    Great Job!!!

  11. Posted by saisa neel, at Reply

    Melody—-You made it MORE than Great!!! Saisa Neel, Observation Unit

  12. Posted by Christine, at Reply

    What a great example of quick thinking, fast action, followed by lots of compassion!
    Thanks Melody.

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