NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Hospital Corpsman Brianna Wade was standing watch at the entrance to Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River on Feb. 10 when a Sailor came in complaining of crushing chest pain.
“He was gripping his chest” and reported having a pacemaker and a history of heart problems, she said.
She knew exactly what to do. Within minutes, she’d obtained a treatment room and gathered several nurses and a flight surgeon. They assessed the Sailor and transferred him to a hospital for further treatment.
Thanks to HN Wade’s quick actions, the Sailor is safely recovering today.
Her response earned her a surprise Valentine’s Day visit from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Vice Adm. Carl P. Chebi, the Sailor’s commanding officer. He presented her with a command coin and asked her for a selfie.
“You stepped up big on Thursday,” said Vice Adm. Chebi. “All of a sudden, when a situation arose, you stepped up to the plate, you did your job exceptionally well. Because of that, we have another person here with NAVAIR with us that maybe we wouldn’t have had otherwise, so thank you for what you did.”
The staff at Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River train to respond to all kinds of emergencies, including a “code blue,” which is when someone goes into cardiac or respiratory arrest.
That training made all the difference, said HN Wade.
“In a situation where time saved directly equals to patient survival, a junior Sailor used her training, initiative and assertiveness to start the Chain of Survival to keep a shipmate safe,” said Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Cdr. Matthew Doubrava, who was working in the clinic that day.
HN Wade said it was surreal to be visited by Vice Adm. Chebi.
“It’s our job, but sometimes it’s just nice to get recognized,” she said.
The Virginia Beach native joined the Navy in 2019 and transferred to Patuxent River in 2020. She said she became a corpsman to help people, just like that Sailor.