Archive - 2013

Archive - 2013

December 30th

AEDs Required in Public Places in Manitoba by January 31

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA-- Manitoba's most visible legislative change for the new year won't be seen until the end of January.

That's when Premier Greg Selinger's government requires the installation of as many as 8,000 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public places by Jan. 31.

Under the province's Defibrillator Public Access Act, the AEDs and appropriate signage have to be installed in all public buildings, including more than 500 schools, 200 community and fitness centres and more than 100 curling clubs, golf courses and other sports venues. Casinos, shopping malls and airports also require AEDs.

Facilities must also register the AED through the Heart and Stroke Foundation so 911 dispatchers know the AED's location and can help rescuers in finding and using it in the event of a cardiac-arrest emergency.

Wisconsin Snowboarder Meets Heroes Who Saved His Life

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--Moments after finishing his first snowboard run of the season at Afton Alps, 17-year-old Dan Mannon trudged back to the ski lift Saturday for another crack at the slope. He took a few steps and then crumpled to the ground, going into cardiac arrest.

Shane Linehan, a former Washington County sheriff’s deputy standing a few feet away with his daughters, knelt at Mannon’s side and began administering CPR. Almost immediately he was joined by Kevin Neubauer, a ski instructor at the resort in Washington County’s Denmark Township. Only yards away, Afton Alps general manager Joe Yasis grabbed an automated external defibrillator (AED) and ran to the scene.

Working together, the three men managed to resuscitate the unconscious teenager.

Memory problems after resuscitation

I was wondering if anyone can tell me of their experience with memory problems after being resuscitated. A family member suffered sudden cardiac arrest about 5 weeks ago and is doing quite well physically but can't remember family members and life experiences. Is this normal? I would appreciate any information about experiences and was wondering how long before everything will come back. I appreciate any information.

December 29th

Palm Beach Lifesaving Campaign: Push for AED Use Expands

PALM BEACH, FL--The Palm Beach Fire-Rescue Department launched its Heart Safe Palm Beach program two years ago to encourage residents and businesses to have automatic external defibrillators on site for emergencies.

The devices deliver an electric shock to people in cardiac arrest to restore regular rhythm.

With 140 AEDs registered with the department so far, Fire-Rescue is now beginning a push to have the devices in all restaurants, condominiums and other places in town where large groups of people gather, according to Deputy Fire-Rescue Chief Darrel Donatto. Some private clubs, including The Mar-a-Lago and the Everglades clubs, already have the devices, as do the houses of worship in town, he said.

When members of the community register their AED with Fire-Rescue, the department will come to the property to provide training.

December 26th

Taking Life Into Your Own Hands

Millions of people have been trained in CPR in recent decades, yet when people who aren’t in hospitals collapse from a sudden cardiac arrest, relatively few bystanders attempt resuscitation. Only one-fourth to one-third of those who might be helped by CPR receive it before paramedics arrive.

With so many people trained, why isn’t bystander CPR done more often?

For one thing, people forget what to do: the panic that may ensue is not conducive to accurate recall. Even those with medical training often can’t remember the steps just a few months after learning them. Rather than make a mistake, some bystanders simply do nothing beyond calling 911, even though emergency dispatchers often tell callers how to perform CPR.

Then there is the yuck factor: performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a stranger. So pervasive is the feeling of reluctance that researchers decided to study whether rescue breathing is really necessary.

December 24th

Quick Action By Students Saves School Santa

OSAKIS, MN--Thanks to the quick response of several high school students, a man from central Minnesota received one of the best Christmas gifts anyone could ask for.

“That’s the most precious thing of all — the gift of life,” said Dan Wessel of Osakis.

At the request of his wife, a teacher at Osakis High School, Wessel dressed up as Santa and visited the school district’s youngest children one morning last week.

Before leaving school grounds, Wessel popped his head into his wife’s classroom and “did his ho-ho-ho,” Kirsten Wessel said.

Moments later, students spotted Santa collapse in the hallway. He had gone into cardiac arrest.

KARE 11 says one student ran to the get the school nurse while another student called 911. A third student retrieved the school’s AED, or automated external defibrillators, a device that can send a shock to the heart to restore normal rhythm.

December 22nd

Fargo, Moorhead Unveil App to Get Quicker Help for SCA Victims

FARGO, ND--A new local smartphone app may help save lives by turning more people into rescuers.

The PulsePoint app is integrated with the Red River Regional Dispatch Center, which handles calls throughout the metro area. When a call comes in about a suspected cardiac arrest, the 911 communications center activates an alert to PulsePoint app users simultaneously with Fargo and Moorhead fire and police units and F-M Ambulance.

Using a smartphone’s geo-location services, the app alerts users trained in CPR who are within a quarter-mile of the victim, directing them via a live map to the person suffering cardiac arrest. It will also show the nearest automated external defibrillator, or AED.

Lifesaving AED Technology Hard to Find

Sue Hostler was running through a parking garage of Philadelphia International Airport in late August, hurrying to catch a flight home to Pittsburgh, when she came upon a young man in even more of a hurry – for someone to save his life.

Robert Hallinan, a 25-year-old limousine driver from Broomall, Pa., was sprawled on the floor of an elevator, unconscious. He was in cardiac arrest. Hostler, a frequent business traveler and private pilot trained in CPR, acted almost instinctively.

She called 9-1-1 and quickly started CPR. The operator stayed on the line, but said nothing about the possibility of retrieving an automated defibrillator from the adjacent terminal. Another traveler, Vivian Nolan, a cancer patient, came by and offered help. Together they were able to roll Hallinan on his back as Hostler continued hands-only compressions, hard and fast, 100 times a minute.

December 19th

Teamwork Saves Boy's Basketball Coach In Point Beach, NJ

MIDDLETOWN, NJ--It’s unclear how many of them even wanted to be there for the professional development day, as the physical education staffs from the town’s two high schools gathered on Oct. 14 across from Middletown High School North for a United States Tennis Association workshop on the courts at Tindall Park.

Let alone that it would end up being their finest hour.

And because it was, Nick Catania, who works a Middletown High School South, will be on the bench tonight when his top-ranked Point Pleasant Beach boys basketball team, the reigning NJSIAA Group I champs, open their season against Keansburg.

“That’s the hardest thing. How can you thank somebody for saving your life?” the 35-year-old Catania wondered aloud. “I’ve got two young kids, and I’m going to get a chance to see them grow up now.”

Shocking Heart Deaths: Why They Happen

Someone in the prime of their life -- a professional sports star, teen athlete, marathon runner, or other seemingly healthy person -- isn't supposed to collapse and die from heart disease. But it occasionally happens, making sudden cardiac arrest front-page news.

The rare nature of sudden cardiac arrest among the young is precisely what makes it so attention-grabbing. According to the Cleveland Clinic, sudden cardiac death kills 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 300,000 athletes under age 35, more often males.

Among the most publicized cases: U.S. Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman in 1986; college basketball player Hank Gathers in 1990; and professional basketball players Pete Maravich in 1988 and Reggie Lewis in 1993.

People wonder if anything could have been done to prevent such an event. They wonder who's at risk, and whether anyone can survive sudden cardiac arrest.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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