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October 21st, 2014

Governor Cuomo Signs CPR in Schools Bill

From the Capitol Confidential, in case you had not seen it:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that, if approved by the state Board of Regents, would mandate the teaching of CPR in schools.

It is among a batch of bills he signed earlier.

Here are some details about the CPR measure by supporters. It seems like it’s a good bet for approval by the Board of Regents, who have been making nice lately with the public and teachers unions, as evidenced by Monday’s approval of alternate pathways to graduation. That’s in contrast with a year ago when the Regents and Education Commissioner John King Jr. were being vilified over Common Core and its attendant testing program. The signed bill now goes to the state Commissioner of Education, who has 180 days to recommend to the Board of Regents that they include CPR and AED instruction in the curriculum. The Regents have 60 days to act after the commissioner’s report. 

Alternate Approach to Traditional CPR Saves Lives

Use of ECMO during CPR improves outcomes

A new study shows that survival and neurological outcomes for patients in cardiac arrest can be improved by adding extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) when performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The study abstract was released today in an online supplement of the journal CHEST and will be presented at CHEST 2014, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in Austin, Texas held October 25-30.

Despite advances in medical care, less than 20% of people who experience a cardiac arrest make a full recovery. An alternate approach to traditional CPR is the use of ECMO during CPR (E-CPR), which provides immediate cardiovascular support when traditional methods fail. E-CPR has been used increasingly in an attempt to improve outcomes after cardiac arrest.

October 20th

Paul Zoll, MD: The Pioneer Whose Discoveries Prevent Sudden Death

A New Biography by Stafford Cohen MD

Paul Zoll, MDThrough carefully documented historical analysis, Dr. Stafford Cohen presents a panoramic view of Paul Zoll (1911-1999) and his discoveries that were the ancestors of life saving implements commonly used today. This biography positions Zoll as the leading pioneer in preventing and treating life-threatening heart arrhythmias. His innovations changed the field. Zoll was the first in the world to electrically pace or defibrillate an arrested heart from the surface of the chest; the first in the world to alarm clinical cardiac monitors; the first USA coronary care unit used Zoll’s machines. He assisted in implanting the world’s second long term fully-contained pacemaker—which he helped to develop.  

Heart Rate May Predict Survival and Brain Function in Comatose Cardiac Arrest Survivors

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND--Researchers may have developed a way to potentially assist prognostication in the first 24 hours after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) when patients are still in a coma. Their findings are revealed today at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2014 by Dr. Jakob Hartvig Thomsen from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Acute Cardiovascular Care is the annual meeting of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and takes place 18-20 October in Geneva, Switzerland.

October 17th

Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Poor Brain Function After Cardiac Arrest Sevenfold

Lack of vitamin D also increases mortality

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND--Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of poor brain function after sudden cardiac arrest by seven-fold, according to research presented at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2014 by Dr. Jin Wi from Korea. Vitamin D deficiency also led to a higher chance of dying after sudden cardiac arrest.

Acute Cardiovascular Care is the annual meeting of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and takes place 18-20 October in Geneva, Switzerland.

October 15th

Atrus Adds Four New Locations to AED Link(TM) Services

Cities in Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia and North Carolina now have systems to support 9-1-1 dispatchers, to locate AEDs to enhance cardiac arrest survival.

DELRAY BEACH, FL-- Developers of the AED Linksystem, Atrus, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of four new EMS systems for AED Link.  Recently added to the Atrus’ AED Link service include: Norwood, OH; Metro Louisville, KY; Sandy Springs, GA; and Caldwell County, NC. These communities will now have AED Link systems to support 9-1-1 dispatchers, helping them locate lifesaving automated external defibrillators (AED) in closest proximity to sudden cardiac arrest victims.

October 12th

Living Near Major Roads May Increase Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Women

Study Highlights

  • Living near a major road was associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death in women.

  • Environmental exposure may increase heart disease risk as much as smoking, poor diet or obesity.

DALLAS, TX--Living close to a major road may increase women’s risk of dying from sudden cardiac death, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

October 11th

Everett Fire Department Posts Record Save Rates in CPR

EVERETT, WA--If you have the unfortunate need for CPR, Everett, WA is among the best places to be in the country when that happens. Eric Hicks at Everett Fire released a report this week showing Everett Fire is tops in Snohomish County when it comes to saving people needing CPR.

The Everett Fire Department posted record save rates for cardiac arrests in 2013. Of the Everett Fire patients that suffered a witnessed sudden cardiac arrest last year, 66 percent were released from the hospital with only minor neurological impairment, or no impairment at all. This is three times higher than the national average and is the highest posted survival rate in Snohomish County.

Everett Fire Department Posts Record Save Rates in CPR

EVERETT, WA--If you have the unfortunate need for CPR, Everett, WA is among the best places to be in the country when that happens. Eric Hicks at Everett Fire released a report this week showing Everett Fire is tops in Snohomish County when it comes to saving people needing CPR.

The Everett Fire Department posted record save rates for cardiac arrests in 2013. Of the Everett Fire patients that suffered a witnessed sudden cardiac arrest last year, 66 percent were released from the hospital with only minor neurological impairment, or no impairment at all. This is three times higher than the national average and is the highest posted survival rate in Snohomish County.

October 10th

Overwhelmed

So, my 17 year old son had SCA on July 30, 2014. I found him at ~11pm on the floor in his bedroom. The last breaths woke me up. I knew as I walked into his room that this wasn't good. Immediately every breath I had left me, I was gasping for air, while trying to "wake" him up. I ran downstairs got my husband who picked up the phone dialed 911 on his way upstairs. He had vomit in his mouth, so my husband cleared his mouth and started CPR. It really only took the first police officer 2 minutes to get to our house. He helped with CPR until the EMTs arrived. They cardioconverted him twice at home, in his bedroom. the second time was successful. He was taken to childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh. He had respiratory failure due to aspirating vomit. He was put on a ventilator, sedated heavily and paralyzed to allow his lungs to recover for 12 days. Every test was negative...heart cath, cardiac stress MRI. Thankfully there was no damage from the arrest. His heart "looked good".

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