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July 3rd, 2010

Sheriff Deputies Use AED to Save Airport Traveler

Two Broward County, Fla. sheriffs deputies are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a passenger who had suffered a heart attack minutes after stepping off a plane. 

BSO said deputies Dave Kofalk and Joe Baxter were handling an arrest warrant Friday afternoon when they were told that a man had collapsed outside the U.S. Customs area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. 

When they arrived, they found the 59-year-old man was not breathing and had no pulse. A bystander was giving CPR. Kofalk reached for a nearby Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and with Baxter's assistance delivered a shock to the man's heart. The deputies also used CPR to keep the man alive. 

July 1st

OSU Richard Ross Heart Hospital Among First to Implant Next Generation ICD

Ohio State University’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital is one of the first facilities in the country to implant a next generation defibrillator in a patient to combat sudden cardiac arrest, a silent killer that claims more than one million lives each year worldwide. Researchers here are studying the safety and effectiveness of the defibrillator that monitors the heart 24 hours a day and can deliver an electrical shock instantly, if needed.

The device differs from past implantable defibrillators because it does not have leads in or on the heart. Doctors say it brings hope to those at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, a condition caused by an electrical problem that causes the heart to stop beating. 

June 30th

Gordon Ewy, MD, UA Chief of Cardiology, Passes Torch to Karl Kern, MD

After 28 years as chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona's College of Medicine, Dr. Gordon A. Ewy is stepping down.

Study: Survival Benefit from ICD Therapy Lower in Women Versus Men

WASHINGTON — New large meta-analysis from five primary prevention randomized implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) studies shows a smaller impact of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) on overall mortality in women.  According to research published in the July edition of the HeartRhythm Journal, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, women in primary prevention ICD trials have the same overall mortality as men, while experiencing significantly less appropriate ICD interventions. With more than 1,600 women, this meta-analysis includes the largest cohort of women to date. 

Bystander Makes a Difference

CHESTERTON, IN–Chesterton, Indiana, Fire Department (CFD) firefighters saved a life on Tuesday at a bowling alley with a couple of shocks from an automated external defibrillator (AED).

But they had a helping pair of hands from a citizen at the scene.

Lt. Jamie Hicks told the Chesterton Tribune today that the CFD was dispatched to bowling alley—just around the corner from the fire house—in response to a report of a full cardiac arrest.

On the firefighters’ arrival, a woman whom Hicks identified as the owner’s wife and a nurse was already administering CPR to the victim, a retirement-aged gentleman.

“We took over CPR and then applied the AED,” Hicks said. “We shocked him two times. Then we did more CPR. By the time EMS got to the scene and we loaded the man into the ambulance, he was talking and breathing,” Hicks said.

Use of an AED Could Have Saved Student

MONTREAL — A Quebec coroner says a 12-year-old boy who died after a schoolyard fight would have had a better chance of survival if there had been a defibrillator nearby.

Yanick Charpentier died after an argument with a girl during morning recess at his Montreal-area school in November 2007.

Charpentier suffered from a heart defect and was struck during the altercation, but experts testified that neither his condition nor the punch individually caused his death.

Coroner Andree Kronstrom says Charpentier's death was caused by a combination of factors including the emotions, the physical exertion, the fight and his medical condition.

Kronstrom says in her findings that Charpentier might have had a better chance at survival if the school or the police force had been
equipped with a portable defibrillator.

June 28th

Traveler Saved at New Orleans Airport

Thanks to the heroic efforts a quick-acting bystander and the on-site availability of an automated external defibrillator, a tragedy was averted and a life saved recently at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. On a recent June morning, Gaylord Hall and his wife were using the check-in kiosk at the Delta ticket lobby, when Hall suddenly collapsed. Dennis Tracey, M.D., the medical science liaison for Birmingham, Ala.-based Veinwave USA, happened to be nearby. He stepped in and quickly determined that Hall was not breathing and had no pulse. Tracey immediately began emergency medical treatment until the on-site paramedics arrived.

June 9th

Quick, Consistent, Uninterrupted Chest Compressions Save Lives

Quick, consistent and uninterrupted chest compressions are key to survival from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), according to a new study by the Research Outcomes Consortium (ROC), a clinical trial network focused on prehospital SCA and severe traumatic injury. 

"We learned there were too many interruptions in chest compressions
during CPR," explains Ahamed Idris, M.D., Professor of Surgery and
Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "By doing vigorous chest compressions, without interruption, a
person can actually produce reasonable circulation to help that person
stay alive until a professional arrives."

In the past, CPR instruction focused on a sequence of 30 chest
compressions, followed by two breaths, then another 30 compressions and
two breaths.

June 4th

SCA Foundation Launches Arizona Affiliate of National Survivor Network™

Celebrating RebirthdaysPhoenix, AZ--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, in cooperation with the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and the Arizona Department of Health Services SHARE (Save Hearts in Arizona Registry and Education) Program, launched the Arizona Affiliate of the National Survivor Network™ this week in Phoenix. The Network gives survivors and their families an opportunity to find others who have experienced this life‐changing event, share experiences and help one another in the healing process, and participate in research and awareness initiatives designed to help save more lives.

June 2nd

SCA Foundation Partners with IWearYourShirt to Raise Awareness

We're thrilled to partner with IWearYourShirt.com today to celebrate National CPR/AED Awareness Week and to spread the word about how you can save a life. We want you to celebrate too, so we're issuing a video challenge!
 

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