Archive - Sep 5, 2007

Archive - Sep 5, 2007

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Texas Officials Sign AED Law

September 5, 2007–AUSTIN–Today, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, visited schools in Austin, Houston and San Antonio to ceremonially sign Senate Bill 7, which requires every public school campus to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) readily available at all University Interscholastic League athletic practices and competitions. Equipping schools with AEDs will increase the survival chance for students who may suffer sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) while at school or participating in athletics.

“In a state that has long set the national standard for athletic competition, this bill establishes a benchmark for student safety by requiring the presence of an essential life-saving device at school activities,” said Perry. “Texas knows the importance of putting our students first by taking common sense steps to reduce risk, and improve the chances of survival.”

Low Risk of Infection with ICDs

September 5, 2007­–DALLAS–Device-related infections developed in fewer than 1% of patients within a year of pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation, according to a study to be published in the September 18th issue of Circulation (published online on August 27th). The Prospective Evaluation of Pacemaker Lead Endocarditis (PEOPLE) study of 6,000+ patients in 44 medical centers in France found that the risk was lowest among patients receiving a device for the first time and patients who were given antibiotic prophylaxis. People who had a fever 24 hours before the implantation procedure were more likely to develop infections.

New CPR Promises Better Results by Compressing Abdomen, Not Chest

Leslie Geddes, the Showalter Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Purdue's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, demonstrates a new technique for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The method promises to be more effective than standard CPR because it increases nourishing blood flow through the heart by 25 percent. Geddes has developed the new method, called “only rhythmic abdominal compression,” or OAC-CPR, which works by pushing on the abdomen instead of the chest. (Purdue News Service photo/ David Umberger)

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