Archive - 2007

Archive - 2007

September 26th

Dutchess County Launches HEART Safe Initiative

September 26, 2007–POUGHKEEPSIE, NY–Dutchess County launched its new HEART Safe initiative Tuesday, aiming to prevent deaths from cardiac arrest in businesses, schools and communities around the county.

The program is typically taken on by an entire state, (e.g., Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island) but Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus believes that if the county starts its own initiative, other counties and maybe even New York state government will follow.

“Dutchess County is the first county in the nation to initiate the HEART Safe program,” noted Steinhaus. “We want to encourage every organization in the county to take these important steps to become a HEART Safe community.”

September 25th

All Calgary High Schools to Get AEDs

September 25, 2007–CALGARY–Calgary's public school will place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at all 21 senior high schools. The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) says this is the first phase of a plan to have them installed in all of its schools.

According to CBE spokesperson Ted Flitton, high-school students are at high risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) especially during strenuous physical activity. The AEDs will help not only students and staff, he said, but also community groups that use the schools after hours.

Calgary is the first school district in western Canada to install the lifesaving devices. It will cost $39,270 to outfit all the city's public high schools.

One hundred children die from SCA In Canada each year.

September 24th

Sleep Deficit Doubles Risk of Cardiac Death

September 24, 2007­–LONDON–Researchers from the University of Warwick, and University College London, have found that lack of sleep can more than double the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. However they have also found that too much sleep can also more than double the risk of death.

According to the research, presented at the British Sleep Society by Professor Francesco Cappuccio from the University of Warwick’s Warwick Medical School, those who had cut their sleeping from seven hours to five hours or less faced a 1.7 fold increased risk in mortality from all causes, and twice the increased risk of death from a cardiovascular problem in particular.

September 22nd

High Occupancy Facilities in NY Must Have AEDs

September 22, 2007–ALBANY–A new law will expand New York State’s Public Access to Defibrillation program by requiring all high-occupancy facilities to be equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED), according to the American Heart Association.

AED Capital of the World

September 22, 2007–INVECARGILL, NZ–Invercargill, New Zealand may have the highest saturation of defibrillators per capita in the world, according to St. John Ambulance, which is working with the Invercargill Licensing Trust (ILT) Foundation to make the community as safe as possible.

ILT has contributed more than $186,000 toward buying and installing 50 defibrillators in the Invercargill area, and providing training for 500 people to use the equipment. Places being considered for installation of the equipment included shopping outlets, sports clubs, libraries, swimming pools, entertainment venues and transport hubs.

In New Zealand, 3,800 people each year suffered from a cardiac arrest and 95 percent of victims die.

Rochester Celebrates 101st Save

September 22, 2007–ROCHESTER, Minn.–Deputy Police Chief Steve Johnston has announced the 101st life saved by first responders in Rochester since the program began nearly 17 years ago.

Dr. Roger White, a professor at Mayo Medical School, medical director for Gold Cross Ambulance, and adviser to the SCA Foundation (see bio), initiated a study in November 1990 to see if putting portable defibrillators in four city squad cars would help save lives of people in cardiac arrest. It did, and the rest is history.

Rochester became the first city in the world to put the portable units in squad cars. Today, all Rochester squad cars have the units.

In 1998, the units were added to all Rochester firetrucks.

September 21st

Firefighters Die Most Often From Sudden Cardiac Arrest

September 21, 2007–ATLANTA–Firefighters are dying on the job from preventable cardiovascular conditions. Death from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) represents the most common cause of a firefighter fatality.

According to a new National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) alert, measures by fire departments and fire service agencies can prevent such incidents. Sudden cardiac death represents the most common cause of on-duty firefighter fatalities, killing about 45 each year.

The report, "Preventing Fire Fighter Fatalities Due to Heart Attacks and Other Sudden Cardiovascular Events," incorporates findings from NIOSH investigations into sudden cardiac-related deaths, an extensive review of the literature, and opinions from 12 outside experts in the fire service and occupational health communities.

September 20th

National CPR/AED Awareness Week Introduced in Congress

September 20, 2007–WASHINGTON–The American Red Cross and American Heart Association have joined to applaud federal legislation that would designate the first week of June as “National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Week.” The bill, introduced today by U.S. Representatives John R. “Randy” Kuhl, Jr. (R-NY), and Dan Boren (D-OK) would further educate Americans about the necessity of CPR and AED training and use to reduce death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

“This legislation will help Americans save lives at the community level,” said Rep. Kuhl. “If you suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital, you have (about) a five percent chance of survival. It doesn't have to be that way. If we can train more Americans in performing CPR and using AEDs, we can save more lives.”

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.

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