Archive - Feb 2013

Archive - Feb 2013

February 28th

Pit Crew Approach With Real-Time CPR Feedback Saves Lives

WASHINGTON--Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training that included real-time audiovisual feedback and that emphasized a "pit crew" or team approach to pre-hospital care for cardiac arrest patients increased survival by almost 60 percent.

February 26th

Pittsburgh Police Officer, Ex-Army Medic, Ticket Scalper and Hotel Bellhop Save Penguins Fan

More than one good Samaritan was outside the Consol Energy Center last week.

There was an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer, an ex-Army medic taking his son to his first Penguins game, a ticket scalper and a hotel bellhop.

They were among the first to respond Friday night when a Penguins fan suffered sudden cardiac arrest on his way to a game at the Consol Energy Center: All stopped what they were doing to save the life of a stranger.

"It was a good refresher in humanity, I'll say that," said Freddie Waine, the former medic. "Because a lot of people could have kept walking by, and they didn't. They helped out."

Mr. Waine, 29, of Washington, Pa., is a state corrections officer who is pursuing a doctorate in psychology, and until 2010, he was an Army medic in the Pennsylvania National Guard, completing two tours in Iraq.

Targeting CPR Education in High-Risk Neighborhoods Could Save More Lives

Statement Highlights:

  • Targeting CPR education in high-risk neighborhoods could improve cardiac arrest survival rates.
  • Survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest vary widely in the United States, from the lowest of 0.2 percent in Detroit to a high of 16 percent in Seattle.
  • Survival rates are influenced in part by bystanders’ willingness to do CPR.

DALLAS--Targeting CPR education in high-risk neighborhoods could increase the number of bystanders giving CPR and decrease deaths from cardiac arrest, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in its journal Circulation.

February 25th

Concerns Raised About Lack of AEDs in the UK

LONDON--More than half of British businesses do not have an automated external defibrillator (AED), a recent poll has found – despite the impact the device has on cardiac arrest survival rates.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) commissioned a survey of 1,000 business decision-makers across the UK and found that 513 did not have the lifesaving equipment at work. Almost two thirds of those who said ‘no’ also come from medium to very large companies.

In support of National Heart Month this February, IOSH is encouraging institutions to consider whether they should install a defibrillator, which restarts the heart using an electric shock.

Students Mourn Sudden Death of 16-Year-Old Swimmer

LOS ANGELES--Classmates of a Harvard-Westlake swimmer who died last week after collapsing in the school pool are expected to honor the 16-year-old junior at an assembly on Monday.

Initial autopsy results indicated that Justin Carr suffered from cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle that can result in sudden cardiac arrest, according to a statement from the school. He died Friday. Paramedics were called to the school pool after Carr collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Jeanne M. Huybrechts, head of Harvard-Westlake, sent an email to parents informing them of Carr's passing.

SCA Foundation Recognizes Civilian, EMTs for Life-Saving Effort

Roland "Mike" Dulaney survived sudden cardiac arrest on Christmas night. The SCA Foundation recognized his rescuers at an event Sunday in Penn Hills, PA. They include Andrea Huzinec, a neighbor who provided CPR, and responders from Rosedale VFD, Plum EMS, and Forbes Paramedic Response Unit.

It Takes a Village to Save a LifePITTSBURGH--Nick Gerstel had just finished Christmas dinner at his father's Penn Hills home when the radio his dad uses as a volunteer firefighter sounded.

“We heard the call go out,” said Gerstel, 29, a firefighter and EMT in South Strabane. A 62-year-old man in the neighborhood had collapsed after going into cardiac arrest.

February 24th

Alamo Colleges Remove Campus AEDs

SAN ANTONIO--Alamo Colleges has removed all automated external defibrillators from its campuses after administrators decided the life-saving devices were not being used properly.

The devices were removed during the summer of 2012. The decision was not made public until Monday, after KENS 5 contacted the colleges' media relations department.

"I don't think that's good, that's for emergency purposes," said second-year San Antonio College student Katie Sundberg.

A spokesperson for the five campuses said most of the AEDs were not properly maintained and staff members had not been trained how to use them correctly.

Alamo Colleges owns between 13 -16 AEDs, which usually cost between $1,000 and $3,000 each.

Texas passed a law in 2007 requiring AEDs at all elementary, middle and high schools. The law does not apply to public colleges.

February 22nd

Compression-only CPR is better!

CPR: Compression-Only Wins the Long Race

Bystanders, forget about the breaths — pump that chest!

While rescue breathing might be important in certain situations, emergency medical service (EMS) dispatchers have a difficult time quickly establishing whether it's appropriate for individual victims. Compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) obviates the need for this determination, but there have been no definitive long-term data supporting a shift to compression-only CPR.

Researchers combined data from two randomized trials comparing standard CPR with compression-only CPR and measured outcomes up to 5 years after the event. The aggregate group included 2500 patients. Overall survival was 11% at one year, 10.6% at 3 years, and 9.4% at 5 years. Compression-only CPR was associated with a lower risk for death (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.91).

February 21st

Ottawa's Public Defibrillator Program Pays Off in Lives Saved

OTTAWA--André Corriveau is alive today because there was an automated external defibrillator (AED) at Earl Armstrong Arena when he collapsed on the ice during a hockey game in 2009 — and someone knew how to use it.

On Thursday, fresh off the ice from an afternoon hockey game, Corriveau, 59, smiled as he looked at the facility’s operator Dana Clarke, 38, the man he calls his guardian angel.

“If I’m here today — I don’t mean in this room, I mean on this planet — it’s because on that day, he was there and he jumped into action,” said the father of three.

Corriveau’s is one of 60 lives saved thanks to the city’s Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) program which has seen 850 of the portable machines installed in arenas, pools, libraries and community centres and emergency vehicles across the city since 2001.

February 20th

Heart and Stroke Foundation Receives $10 Million from Harper Government to Save Lives with AEDs at Hockey Arenas and Other Locations

SASKATOON--The Heart and Stroke Foundation was pleased to join Prime Minister Stephen Harper today as he announced funding to place life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in hockey arenas and community recreation centers across Canada.

In April 2011, the Government of Canada announced a $10 million dollar plan for AED placement over four years. Today's announcement confirms the government's commitment for funding that will allow the Foundation to coordinate the installation and training of AEDs starting in Spring 2013.

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