Stars doctors explain what happened to Rich Peverley after collapse on Dallas bench, give update on condition

The NHL postponed Monday’s game between the Stars and Columbus after Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench in the first period.

Peverley was conscious and talking but was taken to UT Southwestern St. Paul and to receive treatment, the Stars said. He was in stable condition there. He also received treatment in the tunnel immediately after he finished a shift and collapsed on the bench.
“He was brought back to the hallway for treatment, where we treated him for a cardiac event, successfully treated with standard therapy,” said Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern, one of the doctors who treated Peverley. “As soon as we treated him, he regained consciousness. He was alert and awake talking to us after the event and quickly transported to the hospital. At this point, I was able to talk to him in the back of the ambulance, and he was able to tell me where he was and he actually wanted to get back in the game.”

Salazar said of the treatment, “We provided oxygen for him. We started an IV. We did chest compressions on him and defibrillated him, provided some electricity to bring a rhythm back to his heart, and that was successful with one attempt, which is very reassuring.”

The NHL postponed the game, and there was no report on when it might be rescheduled, but both teams are in playoff races, so Stars president Jim Lites said the game would be completed.

Dallas Morning News
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