Archive - Apr 2008

Archive - Apr 2008

April 30th

Still Holding On

Bill Schafer, Ballwin, MO – 67 at time of event (1999)

Bill SchaeferRuthie asked her husband if he could hold on until they reached the gate at O’Hare airport. Bill says that request saved his life. If he had gone to the restroom like he wanted to, Roger, the flight attendant, wouldn’t have been there. Neither would the cardiologist from a nearby hospital. And Stacy, the lovely young and attractive blonde from Iowa, would never have given him the “kiss of life,” (the kiss of a lifetime?)

April 29th

Kane Forest, IL, Preserve to Buy Defibrillators

April 29, 2008 – GENEVA, IL ­– Robert Quinlan was only slightly kidding.

As he introduced the topic of the Kane County Forest Preserve District buying 12 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) recently, he said, “This is a topic close to my heart, obviously.”

Quinlan has not had to use a defibrillator but said later he does feel a lot of tension in his job as the chief financial officer for the forest commission. And that is just one of the many potential reasons defibrillators could be useful, especially in a forest preserve, where help might not immediately get to someone in distress.

The commission’s utilization committee recommended spending $15,000 through the state purchasing plan to buy 12 AEDs.

“(An AED is) very simple to use," said Commissioner John Fahy, R-West Dundee. “It walks you through it. But people have to get training so they’re not intimidated to use it.”

April 28th

Largest Study to Date Finds Benefits of ICDs in Children

Inappropriate shocks can be a problem for some

April 28, 2008–BOSTON–More and more children with congenital heart disease are receiving implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) to maintain proper heart rhythm. ICDs were first introduced for adults in the 1980s, but little is known about how well they work in children, who account for less than one percent of recipients. A report in the April 29 Journal of the American College of Cardiology summarizes the largest pediatric experience to date. It finds the devices to be lifesaving, but also suggests that they tend to deliver more inappropriate shocks to children than to adults, making it important to watch children with ICDs closely.

April 19th

A Parting Gift

Bonnie Stine, Lakeland, FL – 51 at time of event (2006)

Bonnie StineBonnie never knew that she had something wrong with her heart. No one put all the little pieces together. She was often a little out of breath, not exactly in shape, pre-menopausal, and even had a little swelling in her ankles. As a registered nurse, she might have known better, but cardiology was not her specialty. She knew she was overweight, and the two Caesarian sections hadn’t helped.

She consulted a cardiologist who felt there was no physical problem, despite some arrhythmias*. There was also that time long ago when she suffered a concussion. But the dizzy spells didn’t seem to have any pattern or reason. So she sought another opinion. This time, they thought she might have a neurological problem.

April 18th

A Traffic-Stopping Birthday Present

Steve Vanderhelm, Council Bluff, IA – 53 at time of event (2005)

Steve is an avid bike rider. He rides all year round, but in winter the bike never leaves the house. Summer is the best time, when he and his brother-in-law, Ed, regularly ride more than 20 miles through the hills and dales of Pottawattamie County, on the border with Nebraska.

April 17th

The Team Rules, OK!

Kayla Burt, Portland, OR – 20 at time of event (2002)

Kayla BurtIt was New Year’s Eve, and her basketball team was staying over to celebrate. But Kayla never saw the festivities. She had freshly brushed teeth, and a brush with death. Loree Payne, her best friend, watched Kayla fall face down between the bed and the TV—they all thought it was a joke. But it wasn’t.

None of her teammates knew CPR, but they’d seen it on TV. How hard could it be? Someone called 9-1-1, and luckily the operator gave instructions on the correct technique. The EMTs were there within minutes. Kayla is proud that she lived in Seattle. That city is among the best in the country for cardiac arrest survival, chiefly because of their Medic One program.

Pope Benedict XVI Accepts Gift of AED

April 17, 2008 –VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI personally accepted the gift of an automated external defibrillator (AED) from Gintaras Vaisnys and Fabio Rangoni, representatives of a U.S. defibrillator company.

Vaisnys and Rangoni met with the Pope at a recent papal audience where Vaisnys presented the AED while Rangoni explained to the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics how defibrillators can save victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

“Pope Benedict was genuinely interested and immediately grasped how a defibrillator can save lives,” Vaisnys said.

Vatican City is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations: approximately 17,000 visitors arrive each day to see St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Gardens and Grottos, and other attractions.

AEDs To Be Placed in East Baton Rouge Schools in Wake of Student Death

April 17, 2008–In a first for local schools, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will soon place in its high school athletic departments a dozen automated external defibrillators donated by area medical groups

The first of the devices will be donated to the School Board today in the memory of Glen Oaks High School student-athlete Shannon Veal, who died Feb. 18 after collapsing during a basketball game. The first automated external defibrillator, or AED, will go to Glen Oaks High.

After learning about Veal’s tragic death — believed to be caused by a heart condition, David Carmouche, MD, persuaded eight area medical groups to donate about $20,000 together to buy the 12 devices with the help of the Kiwanis civic organization.

April 16th

Blue Sky(s) Forever

Lee Curtes, Hartford, WI – 54 at time of event (2000)

Lee would find it hard to choose a better place to die. He was 12,000 feet up on top of Belle’s Camp with his skis on, looking at Vail’s Blue Sky Basin. Luckily, Lee gets to repeat the visit every year, and meet with the people who saved his life.

Student Death Prompts Move to Mandate AEDs in Public Buildings in D.C.

April 16, 2008–WASHINGTON–Emergency legislation requiring the installation of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in dozens of D.C. government buildings was withdrawn at the last minute Tuesday for further study. 

Less than a week after the death of a 10-year-old boy in a D.C. public school gym, the council was set to consider an emergency bill mandating AEDs in 52 District recreation centers and libraries at a cost of roughly $250,000.

But Ward 5 Councilman Harry Thomas pulled it back for two weeks with the expectation that it will be expanded to all public buildings, including schools.

Thomas said the issue took on an urgent nature after the Thursday incident at LaSalle Elementary School in Northeast.

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