Archive - Oct 2008

Archive - Oct 2008


October 24th

A Happy Ending Song Man

Bill Isles, Duluth, MN – 41 at time of event (1993)

Bill Isles

Memorial day 1993, Bill went to sleep with a slight chest pain. It was nothing to worry about; he’d been practicing hurdles with his high-school track-star daughter that day and must have pulled a muscle. A few days later the pain returned, after a run. By the end of the week he didn’t feel healthy at all, and wandered into the local Walgreens to check his condition on their free blood-pressure machine. It was OK, but he decided to go home and lie down for while, instead of returning to the office.

October 22nd

SCA Foundation to Honor the Heroes Who Saved National Nonprofit Leader Maxwell King

October 29th event to feature rhythm and blues artist Jessica Lee

PITTSBURGH–October 22, 2008–The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will host an awards reception on October 29th in Pittsburgh to honor the heroes who saved the life of national nonprofit leader, Maxwell King. The date is significant because Congress recently declared October “National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month” in an effort to raise awareness about the nation’s leading cause of death.

Onorato Thanks St. Margaret Foundation for Donation of AEDs

PULSE has now placed more than 1,200 AEDs throughout Allegheny County and had its 60th save

PITTSBURGH–Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato today joined Allegheny County Sheriff Bill Mullen and Pittsburgh EMS Chief Bob McCaughan to thank St. Margaret Foundation President Matt Hughes for nine new automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The AEDs were presented through the Foundation’s PULSE program, which provides free AEDs to non-profit organizations, first-responders and government entities.

“The addition of the AEDs represents a vital step forward in protecting the victims of sudden cardiac arrest,” said Onorato. “Allegheny County government currently has 70 AEDs spread throughout our parks and buildings, in County Police cruisers, at housing authority sites, and Port Authority facilities. We’re grateful to St. Margaret Foundation and its PULSE program for presenting these AEDs at no cost to taxpayers.”

October 20th

When the Heart Stops, Breaths Can Be Bad - (Part 3 of our Hands-Only Series)

Following on from our previous discussions about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), it is important to understand the clinical evidence and arguments for changing the technique in sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) cases. This third article examines the reasoning and early studies in modifying resuscitation for witnessed cardiac arrest. In fact, it is these very data that prompted the AHA to issue a science advisory enhancing the 2005 CPR guidelines.

October 15th

Oh-Oh-Oh-Stayin' Alive!

LOS ANGELES–Finally, a reason to have lived through the 70s -- and another fine reason to relive one of disco's most enduring triumphs, the 1977 hit by the Brothers Gibb, "Stayin' Alive": it could save someone's life.

In performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation -- CPR -- the perfect rhythm is 100 compressions per minute, and done properly, it can triple a heart arrest victim's chances of survival. But how, when you're saving a life, do you achieve that ideal rhythm of life-saving compressions? Think "Stayin' Alive."

Medical students and physicians trained to perform CPR to the bouncing beat of "Stayin' Alive" maintained close to the ideal rhythm recommended by the American Heart Association for chest compressions during CPR, according to a study to be presented Oct. 27 at a Scientific Assembly of the American College of Emergency Physician's annual meeting.

October 14th

Tennessee Senator Champions Value of AEDs

SOUTH PITTSBURG, TN–Tennessee Senator Bo Watson (R) spoke to a group at the Western Sizzlin’ on Thursday concerning his advocacy for legislation to implement the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in both the public and private sectors.

“It seems practical to me for legislation to utilize this technology and allow its use without liability. The common layperson should be asserted certain protection to use AEDs without the fear of a lawsuit,” Watson said. “Cities should allow people to use these devices without having a civil lawsuit on their hands.”

Rangers Prospect Dies During Game

October 14, 2008–NEW YORK–New York Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov died during a game in his native Russia on Monday night. He was 19.

The New York Post reported that Cherepanov suffered a heart attack* and collapsed on the bench during Avangard Omsk’s game against Vityav Chekhov.

Former Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr had just finished a shift with Cherepanov and was talking to him when the Russian suddenly collapsed.

TSN of Canada reported that medical officials attempted to get Cherepanov’s heart beating again. According to the web site, the ambulance that is normally at all games had already departed and had to be called back to the arena. The report stated that it took between “15 and 20 minutes” to transport Cherepanov from the arena to the hospital.

“They tried to get his heart started again but they couldn’t,” Omsk head coach Wayne Fleming told the web site.

October 11th

McDowell EMS Among First in North Carolina to Offer Therapeutic Hypothermia for SCA Victims

MARION, NC–McDowell's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is on the pulse of up-to-date treatments. Beginning today, they'll be using therapeutic hypothermia – big words for a relatively simple procedure that could greatly increase the quality of life for cardiac arrest patients.

In layman's terms, it involves lowering a person's body temperature once he's been resuscitated from cardiac arrest.
"The idea behind this concept is to preserve brain and neurological function," said EMS Director William Kehler, "and to preserve or maintain the quality of life of the individual."

According to a recent article in EMS magazine, out of 24,000 EMS agencies in the nation, only about 100 have adopted this protocol. McDowell will be among very few, possibly only two, in the state to use the procedure.

October 8th

An Inconvenient Beat

Sarah Zammett, Matoaca, VA, – 42 at time of event (2008)

Sarah ZammettSarah was saved in a house of God. It was her family’s church for generations; in fact her Great Grandfather founded the church in the 1880s. Sarah and her daughters were attending the first service that Sunday morning in April. “It was after the service, most everyone had gone, and my girls had gone on to Sunday school.” Sarah said she had stayed behind to discuss a new software program they were using for the services. “We were just standing around talking and I dropped.” Her pastor, who has many years experience as an EMT, and the local coach who teaches CPR, did not hesitate to act. Someone else called 9-1-1.

October 5th

Hypothermia An Important Tool In Arizona's Cardiac Arrest Centers

What if every patient who suffered an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest could have access to the same kind of specialized care found in a trauma center? Arizona is answering that question by becoming the first state to create a network of cardiac arrest centers, which draw on the concept of trauma centers to deliver standardized care to patients.

"There are things we can do to improve outcomes in [these] patients, but hospitals aren't doing them routinely," says Bentley Bobrow, MD, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz. and medical director for the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma System, Arizona Department of Health Services. "In a perfect world, I'd like every hospital to be able to deliver every state-of-the-art therapy, but staffing and finances make that impossible." That's where cardiac arrest centers come in.

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