Archive - Nov 2010

Archive - Nov 2010

November 29th

High School Basketball Official Survives SCA…Again

MINNEAPOLIS--Dale Wakasugi, a high school basketball referee, collapsed with cardiac arrest in the middle of a girls’ high school basketball game between Rosemount and Blaine Friday night. The first time he suffered cardiac arrest during a game was in December 2007. In the first instance, people responded quickly with CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) and shocked his heart.

Surgeons then inserted an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) inside his chest to prevent sudden death in the event SCA should occur again. On Friday night, he collapsed in full cardiac arrest and the internal device shocked his heart back into a normal rhythm, saving his life.

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November 22nd

Children Are Dying. Contact Your Legislator Today.

Josh Miller

Legislation that could save thousands of lives is in jeopardy.

The Josh Miller Hearts Act of 2009 (Josh Miller Helping Everyone Access Responsive Treatment in Schools) amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to local educational agencies to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for use in their schools. It also requires at least five adult employees or volunteers at each school to successfully complete CPR-AED training.

November 19th

Another restriction just got shot down...

One common "carve out" for compression-only CPR is "Use full CPR on victims of cardiac arrest secondary to respiratory arrest. A study performed at the University of Phoenix was recently published by Ashish R Panchal et al in the peer-reviewed medical journal Circulation.

November 18th

How the New AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC May Help Improve Survival Rates

The 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care) may well jumpstart survival rates from sudden unexpected Cardiac Arrest occurring Outside the Hospital (OHCA) from the dismal national average of 7(1)-8.5(2)   to 20% or more.

November 17th

Making it real

One of the problems encountered in trying to convince people that they ought to learn CPR is that many people think it's not relevant to them.
We keep looking for new ways to help people realize that cardiac arrests are realities that happen to people they know and that they might someday be the person who has the responsibility of keeping the heart and brain alive until the medics get there.
Here's one of the more recent suggestions.
"Write down a list of your family members, your friends, and your acquaintances. Divide the number of names on that list by 7 - that's the number of people on that list that will witness at least one sudden cardiac arrest in their lifetime.

November 16th

School Programs Are Saving Lives

MONDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) --School-based programs that teach CPR and the proper use of automated external defibrillators (AED) boost survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest, new research reveals. A team led by Dr. Stuart Berger, a professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, says that it has found evidence of success in recent efforts to bring cardiac emergency skills to school settings, which are the weekday stomping ground for fully one-fifth of the American population (children and adults). The team focused on two CPR-AED programs: "Project ADAM" in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and "Project SAVE" in Georgia.

High School Athletic Director Suffers SCA While Announcing Game

NEW YORK -- Erasmus Hall Athletic Director Marshall Tames is "doing well" following triple bypass surgery after suffering sudden cardiac arrest while announcing a high school football game this weekend, according to Dr. Ed Golembe, who treated him at the site. Tames is currently in the open-heart intensive care unit at Maimonides Medical Center.

"I just spoke with the cardiac surgeon," said Golembe, who is the director of the Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing Center at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn. "[Tames] is doing quite well for the day after surgery."

The whole life-and-death drama was overheard by those in attendance at Midwood High School Athletic Complex in Brooklyn, as the PA system was left on inadvertently.

FDA Launches Initiative to Develop Innovative External Defibrillators

Safety concerns on the devices that treat abnormal heart rhythms also to be addressed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced a program aimed at facilitating the development of safer, more effective external defibrillators used to treat abnormal heart rhythms through improved design and manufacturing practices.

External defibrillators are medical devices designed to diagnose life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms and treat them by delivering electrical energy to the heart to restore its normal rhythm. When used in the first few minutes following a cardiac arrest, they can save lives.

CPR Experts at Children's Hospital Explain New American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiac Emergencies

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In cardiac emergencies, rescuers performing CPR should do chest compressions first. That's the most important change in new guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, recently announced by the American Heart Association (AHA). Experts from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who helped develop the new recommendations discussed the changes in the life-saving emergency technique at the AHA Scientific Sessions in Chicago on Monday evening, Nov. 15.

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