Archive - Sep 2007

Archive - Sep 2007

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September 19th

Bystanders Save SCA Victim in High School Gym

September 19, 2007–GRAYSLAKE, Ill.–Three bystanders are credited with saving a man’s life while he waited to get into a pick-up basketball game Sunday night at Grayslake Central High School.

Grayslake Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Greg Formica said the victim, a 58-year-old Hainesville man, suffered sudden cardiac arrest and was revived before paramedics reached the school gymnasium.

Formica said the Hainesville man remained at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville on Tuesday. He said use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) is one reason the man is alive.

Jason Bullman, 35, of Grayslake said he was playing in one of the pick-up games when the man, known to him only as Mike, collapsed. About 40 people were present for the open gym time.

September 18th

WelchAllyn AEDs Recalled

September 18, 2007–MRL/WelchAllyn has issued a Class I recall of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) manufactured between October 2003 and January 2005 (serial numbers 205787 through 207509).

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a message updated September 18th, the recalled devices may display a “Defib Comm” error message on the device display during use, which “may result in a terminal failure of the device to analyze the patient’s ECG and deliver the appropriate therapy.”

Class I recalls are the most serious FDA recalls. The FDA issues Class I recalls when there is a good chance that the use of a medical device could cause serious injury or death. According to the FDA, emergency and medical personnel should stop using the AED 20 Automatic External Defibrillators immediately.

September 17th

Not All Heart Failure Patients Receive Optimal Therapy: Women and Elderly Less Like to Get ICDs

September 17, 2007–MINNEAPOLISBaseline data from the largest study of United States-based heart failure (HF) patients in the outpatient setting demonstrate significant gaps and variation in medical care, particularly for women and the elderly. Findings from the Registry to Improve the Use of Evidence-Based Heart Failure Therapies in the Outpatient Setting (IMPROVE HF) study were presented today in a poster session at the Heart Failure Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting. 

“This is the first study of its kind to document the extent to which heart failure patients in the outpatient setting are receiving optimal treatment, as defined by the most recent treatment guidelines,” said Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, Co-Chair of the IMPROVE HF Scientific Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles. 

September 15th

Three Saves in Three Months at Hawaii Airport

September 15, 2007–HONOLULU–For the third time since July, a life has been saved at a Honolulu International Airport with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Thanks to quick thinking by those around him, a 76-year-old man from New Jersey is alive.

Doctors Jonathan Duca and Nanette Duca-Cruz came in on a flight from New Jersey on Saturday, when they heard a call for help.

“We came down to baggage claim, and we were standing at the carousel waiting to get our bags, and someone came and yelled, ‘Help! Is there a doctor? Is there a nurse?’” said Dr. Duca, a fourth-year anesthesiology resident at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey.

A man had collapsed at a baggage claim area. The doctors immediately started CPR while airport employees brought an AED. Dr. Duca-Cruz, also a fourth-year anesthesiology resident, used the AED to bring the man’s heart back to a normal rhythm.

September 7th

National ICD Registry Reports Few Complications with Implantation of Internal Defibrillators

Some Implanting Physicians Lack Formal Training

September 7, 2007­–WASHINGTON–First the good news: First year data from the National ICD Registry indicates few complications with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs). Now the bad news: A number of implanting physicians had no formal training with the medical procedure. The report will be published in the September 2007 edition of Heart Rhythm the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society.

The registry, the nation’s first comprehensive database of detailed information about patients with the implantable medical devices, found that complications at the time of device implantation and prior to hospital discharge occurred at a 3.6 percent rate in the more than 108,000 ICD implantations at 1,117 hospitals. Adverse events included hematomas (1.2 percent), lead dislodgement (1.0 percent) and death (0.02 percent).

September 5th

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)

September 4th

Beaumont Hospitals and Channel 7 Offer Free Heart Screenings to High School Students

September 4, 2007–DETROIT–The "7's Health Edge Heart Check" program is a new screening program offered by Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak and Troy Michigan to prevent sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in students involved in vigorous activities and organized sports. The screening program combines a simple health history and noninvasive screening to look for signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a serious heart condition that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. HCM affects approximately one in 500 people, and does not usually have any symptoms. The stress on the heart during strenuous activities puts our student athletes at higher risk for sudden death.

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