Ep 194: Norwegian Anesthetist’s Story of Saving a Drowning Infant

 

Sometimes it’s about being in the right place at the right time, but even more than that, it’s about taking action to help a fellow human when the time calls for it. That’s exactly what Olaf Jacobsen experienced a few years ago when he came across a mother and three children in frigid water coming home from work in Norway. Hear the heartbreaking but incredible story about what was discovered and how they were able to rescue the infant and save its life. 

Check out the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

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Nurse anesthetists have developed skills for all types of medical situations but you never know when you’ll be called to use them.

Today’s guest has an incredible story about using intuition and eventually life-saving breathing techniques to rescue an infant from frigid water. Sharon first heard this story at the IFNA meeting in Croatia and eventually tracked down Olaf Jacobsen to come on the show.

Jacobsen works as a nurse anesthetist, flight nurse, and university teacher in Norway and got off work early one day. As he rode his bike home, he came across a scene that seemed out of place upon first sight. After calling authorities, they found a mother and three children in frigid water. Jacobsen sprang into action to help save the infant, who turned out to be the only survivor.

It’s a heartbreaking story with a small bit of hope and happiness and we’ll share it all today.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn on this show:

  • The start of the story and the scene he came across on his bike ride home. [5:44]
  • What the police found when they arrived. [9:41]
  • The rescue work he did on the infant. [11:13]
  • How anesthetists were out in the field and working on the scene. [12:27]
  • What to do when you’re in a drowning situation. [19:55]
  • What happened when they arrived at the hospital with the child. [23:36]
  • What the investigation concluded. [25:50]
  • How is the child doing now? [27:00]
  • Nurse anesthesia practice in Norway compared to the USA. [30:25]

Check it out the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

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