Archive - Oct 2007

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October 30th

Adult AEDs Should Be Used on Young SCA Victims if Pediatric AEDs Are Unavailable

October 30, 2007­–CHICAGO­–The use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) has saved the lives of thousands of adult cardiac arrest victims, and now AEDs are shown to be equally effective as life-saving interventions for children. Although the incidence of ventricular fibrillation (VF) in young children is low, there is a need for developing strategies to provide early defibrillation to patients younger than eight years, which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has come out with a new clinical report and policy statement.

“As AED programs expand, pediatricians must advocate on behalf of children so that their needs are accounted for,” according to an AAP policy statement in the November issue of Pediatrics. The statement was released Monday during the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting in San Francisco.

October 22nd

Insurance Company Donates AEDs to Schools throughout Saskatchewan

October 22, 2007–REGINA–Group Medical Services (GMS), a nonprofit insurance company, strengthened its commitment to the health of Saskatchewan communities today with the announcement of a $300,000 donation to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to 83 schools across the province of Saskatchewan.

“We're very pleased to partner with Saskatchewan schools in this effort” said GMS President and CEO, Shirley Raab. “This province-wide distribution of AED devices to schools is the first of its kind in Canada. Schools have agreed to establish ongoing training and awareness programs for teachers and students. The use of AEDs has proven to result in dramatic increases in survival from cardiac episodes.”

October 18th

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October 12th

SCA Coalition Seeks Federal Legislation to Advance SCA Awareness, Research and Treatment

October 12, 2007–WASHINGTON DC–Fifteen members of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition, a coalition of more than 30 member organizations, gathered October 10th on Capitol Hill to promote legislation that aims to reduce death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). They met with the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Heart and Stroke Caucus and their staff, to advocate for their sponsorship of proposed legislation that would provide for greater public awareness, research and access to life-saving treatments for SCA.

The SCA Coalition bill aims to:

Calling All Heroes - SCA Foundation Announces Call for Nominations for "People Saving People" Awards

October 12, 2007–PITTSBURGH­–The SCA Foundation has established an annual award program to honor “ordinary” people with extraordinary heroic spirits who help save the lives of victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The People Saving People awards will recognize members of the public whose lifesaving actions have made the difference between life and death for SCA victims.

The purpose of the program is to increase awareness about the critical need for laypersons to be prepared to intervene in sudden cardiac emergencies.

Awards include:

First place: One (1) automated external defibrillator (AED), which may be donated to the organization of the winner’s choice;

Second place: Free admission to the Emergency Cardiac Care Update, sponsored by the Citizen CPR Foundation, June 13-15, 2008, Las Vegas;

Third place: Three (3) “CPR Anytime” kits.

October 9th

Another Save at Sky Harbor

October 9, 2007­­­–PHOENIX–For the second time in two weeks, police officers assigned to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport saved the life of a person using an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Three officers went to the aid of an 82-year-old woman, who was with her granddaughter and was running late for her flight. She started having trouble breathing at Terminal Four's D checkpoint and initially was assisted by an off-duty paramedic who was traveling. A TSA employee flagged down Officer Mark Overfield for assistance as the woman collapsed. Officers Rich Shoemaker and Frank Mylet responded with an AED and administered a single shock.

Chronic Job Strain Doubles the Risk of a Second Heart Attack

October 9, 2007–QUEBEC CITY­–People who experience chronic job strain after a first heart attack double their risk of suffering from a second one, reports a research team from Université Laval’s Faculty of Medicine in the October 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

This study is the first to clearly demonstrate the risks associated with job strain for workers who have been victim of a first heart attack. Research had previously shown a relationship between work-related stress and a first coronary heart disease (CHD) event, but studies examining job strain and recurrent CHD were few, limited in scope, and inconsistent in their findings.

October 4th

Cardiac Screening of Athletes to Be Promoted in Asia

October 4, 2007–SINGAPORE–The College of the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology plans to work with medical institutions in Asia to implement a pre-participation cardiac screening program for athletes in Asia. The Society attributes its interest in screening at least in part to an Italian study, which found that screening can reduce the sudden death rate by 90 percent. The Society plans to develop a screening process that can be easily adopted by family physicians.

According to Dr. Michael Lim, President of the Society and Medical Director at the Singapore Heart, Stroke and Cancer Center, electrocardiograms (EKGs) may not detect potentially life threatening heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Consequently, more comprehensive tests such as echocardiograms should be used, particularly when there is a family history of sudden cardiac death.

October 2nd

Women, Blacks Less Likely to Receive ICD Therapy

October 2, 2007­–DURHAM, NC–Women who might have benefited from the use of an implantable heart monitor following a cardiac arrest were far less likely than men to have one prescribed, according to experts at the Duke University Medical Center.

Researchers looked at the records of more than 236,000 Medicare patients between 1999 and 2005 and found that the vast majority of patients who appeared to be eligible for an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) didn't get one. But when ICDs were prescribed, men were two to three times more likely than women to receive them.

An ICD is a three-inch device that constantly monitors heart rhythms and uses electrical shocks to help control erratic rhythms that could cause the heart to stop beating.

AED Under Lock and Key Leads to Lawsuit

October 2, 2007­–NAPLES, FL–The family of a man who died on the campus of The Community School of Naples last spring is suing the school, stating that an automated external defibrillator (AED) that could have saved the man’s life was locked in the nurse’s office.

Anthony Hiller, 38, died at the school April 12th of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and could have been saved if the AED had been accessible, according to the negligence lawsuit filed Sept. 26 in Collier Circuit Court.

The suit contends the school was negligent because it didn’t appropriately train its staff to respond to cardiac emergency; it failed to provide adequate and appropriate notice to staff, students and faculty to the locations of the AEDs; it failed to put an AED in places where a cardiac emergency was most likely to occur, like the field house; and it failed to ensure the AEDs were accessible at all times, including outside normal school hours.

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