Archive - Oct 2, 2007

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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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