Archive - Feb 2009

Archive - Feb 2009

February 26th

RMU Student Reunited With Those Who Saved His Life with CPR, an AED, and Hypothermia

Future Risk Managed with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

PITTSBURGH–In his first chance to say thank to the first responders who saved his life three weeks ago, a Robert Morris University student got and gave out a lot of hugs and hand shakes. Ryan Collins is a theatre major whose life story took a dramatic turn when he collapsed on West End Stage during a rehearsal three weeks ago.
 

Law Enforcement Receives AEDs from Weston Reed Foundation

TUPELO, MS - The line between life and death is often separated by seconds, which is why the Tupelo Police and Lee County Sheriff's departments say having automated external defibrillators in patrol cars can help to save lives.

The Weston Reed Foundation has donated 21 AEDs to the Tupelo Police Department and Lee County Sheriff's Department, and officers received training on how to use them Tuesday. Each machine costs more than $2,000 and will arrive soon.

Tupelo Police Officers Robert Vail and David Harvel instructed the course for officers and deputies at the Tupelo Police Academy.

Because police officers are often the first people on emergency scenes, Vail said the AED is a important life-saving tool.

February 25th

Summer Break Nearly Broken

Joan Papale, Wallingford, CT - son Mike Papale was 17 at time of event (2006)

Like many school teachers, Joan Papale was busy preparing for the next years classes during the summer break. All her boys were at their Hoop House basketball camp down the road, and Joan was surprised when her husband called for the third time that morning. This time it was “a very different voice. A hysterical, frightened, panicked voice informing me that my son had passed out and that it did not look good and that I’d better come.” Joan was concerned by his tone, but remembered that her son had a history of dizzy spells, usually attributed to low blood sugar. She had taken him to Boston Children's Hospital and even had genetic testing done at Yale.

Shooting Baskets to His Heart's Content (Not!)

Mike Papale, Wallingford, CT - 17 at time of event (2006)

A normal day that began with a 6am workout, soon turned into a prolonged fight for life. Mike Papale was working at his father’s summer basketball camp in central Connecticut, where he helped coach and shoot baskets to his heart’s content. This particular morning did not go as planned. Around 10am he was taking a rest on the bench when he fell to the floor. His younger brother, John, and a best friend watched in horror. At first, they had thought he was kidding around, or maybe had fainted due to heat exhaustion, but then realized Mike wasn’t breathing.

They didn’t know what to do, and neither did anyone else. Mike’s father was in the gym next door and didn’t know anything was wrong.

February 24th

Most Hotels Unprepared for SCA

Be Careful Where You Stay, Says SCA Foundation

“If your heart stops suddenly, you may not want to be at a hotel,” reports Scott Mc Cartney in today’s Wall Street Journal.

February 20th

EMS Expert Offers Fresh Insights on Saving More Lives

RESUSCITATE! How Your Community Can Improve Survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone at any time. But in many cities, people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest are up to 46 times more likely to die than those who experience cardiac arrest in Seattle and King County, Washington, or Rochester, Minnesota--an astonishing and completely preventable variance in survival rates.

February 19th

Bill Would Require AEDs in Connecticut Schools

SCA Foundation Urges Support for the Lifesaving Measure

A bill introduced yesterday by the Connecticut Public Health Committee would require schools throughout the state to have automated external defibrillators (AEDs), train school personnel in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AED use, and develop emergency response plans by July 1, 2010.  See Raised Bill No. 981.

SCA Foundation Launches You Can Save a Life at School(TM) Campaign

PITTSBURGH, PA – Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) threatens lives every day in classrooms and sports fields across the country. To help save more lives, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation has launched an awareness campaign for schools that includes a mini-magazine, You Can Save a Life at School(TM), and a companion website, www.sca-aware.org/schools.

“Schools have the power—and the moral responsibility—to protect the lives of students, faculty, staff and visitors. With simple preparation, you can save a life at school,” said Bobby Khan, MD, PhD, chairman of the SCA Foundation Board of Directors, and Assistant Professor of Medicine/Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

SCA Foundation Launches You Can Save a Life at School(TM) Campaign

PITTSBURGH, PA – Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) threatens lives every day in classrooms and sports fields across the country. To help save more lives, the SCA Foundation has launched an awareness campaign for schools that includes a mini-magazine, You Can Save a Life at School (TM), and this website.

“Schools have the power—and the moral responsibility—to protect the lives of students, faculty, staff and visitors. With simple preparation, you can save a life at school,” said Bobby Khan, MD, PhD, chairman of the SCA Foundation Board of Directors, and Assistant Professor of Medicine/Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

February 18th

An Abrupt End to the Ball Game

Scotty was on 2nd base, Chuck was pitching, it was 2nd innings of the last game of the season.
“Chuck looks around at the field, makes sure everybody is ready. He turns around to throw the next pitch and falls straight onto his back,” Scotty recalled. Chuck didn’t move and hadn’t called out. He just went down. Everyone ran over to him, and Scotty saw he wasn’t breathing properly. Scotty Jones knew CPR, he’d been trained every year at school. The Westminster Schools, where he works as a music teacher, has a policy of annual CPR training and refresher courses.* 

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