Nicolette Larsen, RN Saves a Life

Posted on: 04/30/2019

It's not every day that you save a life! Lake Forest Pediatric Associates Nurse Nicolette Larsen recently did just that! She was out to dinner at a local restaurant and she saved the life of a woman who was choking at a nearby table.

Nicolette makes an important difference every day at Lake Forest Pediatric Associates as a Registered Nurse and valued team member. We could not be more proud of her quick reaction time and competence in responding to a life-threatening emergency.

Read more about her response to the emergency situation in the article from Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital below:

LFH Nurse Rescues Woman at Restaurant

Nicolette Larsen, RN, BSN, registered nurse in E3 Medical/Surgical/Pediatrics at Lake Forest Hospital, was at a restaurant eating dinner when someone started choking at a nearby table. “Her friend stood up and said, ‘Help! Help! She can’t breathe!’” Larsen recalls.

After another patron unsuccessfully attempted to perform the Heimlich maneuver, Larsen calmly stepped in. From behind the woman’s chair, she was able to dislodge the food.

“It was surreal,” Larsen says. “My adrenaline was pumping, and it felt really, really good once she could breathe again.”

Sharon Dufault, BSN, RN, nurse manager for E3, says that’s just the kind of behavior Larsen regularly displays at work.

Dufault describes Larsen as a soft-spoken nurse who always has a smile on her face and is very competent. “If you are in need of something, she will jump in and help you,” Dufault says. “She’s always looking to keep learning and finding ways to advance herself as a professional nurse.”

While this is the first time Larsen has needed to use her nursing skills in an emergency outside the hospital, Larsen says she’s ready to step up again. “We should all do what we can, when we can, when we are out in public to help people,” she says.

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