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March 26th

Police Investigate Sudden Death of RMU Student

Amanda Marie Werkmeister. Found In Cardiac Arrest

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The Allegheny County medical examiner is trying to figure out what happened to a Robert Morris University student who died after being found in cardiac arrest near her apartment in Moon Township on Monday.

According to police reports, a roommate found Amanda "Mandy" Marie Werkmeister suffering cardiac arrest in the Waterford Landing apartment complex. Police and paramedics performed CPR and used an AED on Werkmeister, of Bethel Park. She was taken to Sewickley Valley Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Since the cause of death was not immediately determined and because of Werkmeister's young age, Moon police asked Allegheny County homicide detectives to help with the investigation. Police said everyone involved has cooperated fully with officers.

Investigators are waiting for word from the medical examiner's office on the exact cause of death.

March 23rd

Free Heart Screening for West Coast Florida Teens

Monday, the national Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndromes (CAS) Foundation, together with All Children’s Specialty Physicians and Hillsborough County Public Schools, held a press conference to announce that a new, free teen heart screening program for high school students called the SafeBeat Initiative will begin in Hillsborough County starting next week.

According to reporter Letitia Stein, this is the largest such voluntary screening effort of seemingly healthy high school students.

Typically, many college health services such as the University of Florida target cardiac screening for student athletes, but not the rest of the student population.

March 14th

Prevent SCA on Athletic Fields in AZ

Date:    Saturday, April 17, 2010
Location:    Willow Canyon High School, 17901 W. Lundberg St., Surprise
Time:    10:00 AM until 4:00 PM • APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED

March 11th

AEDs Required in Oregon Schools

The Oregon legislature passed a bill Feb. 24 requiring automated external defibrilaltors (AEDs) in all Oregon schools by 2015. Senate Bill 1033 received Governor Ted Kulongoski’s signature for action on March 10.

The law, which was sponsored by State Senator Jason Atkinson applies to public, private and public charter school
campuses. It requires at least one AED on each campus by Jan. 1, 2015.

March 3rd

Traditional CPR Best for Kids

 Since 2008, the American Heart Assn. has recommended a “hands only” approach to CPR,
emphasizing the importance of performing rapid chest compressions on victims of
sudden cardiac arrest.

CPR Instruction Using Cell Phones Effective

People who received detailed audio instructions on how to
perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) demonstrated better compression
rate, hand placement and compression depth than those who did not receive
recorded instructions by cell phone. The results of the study are published
today online in Annals of Emergency Medicine (“Cell Telephone Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: Audio Instructions
When Needed by Lay Rescuers: A Randomized, Controlled Trial”).

March 1st

National AED Advocate Succumbs to Sudden Death

Public access defibrillation advocate, Jack
Grogan, 73, collapsed at the San Jose International Airport on Sunday upon his
return from a trip to Washington, D.C. Bystanders immediately started CPR, and Grogan's son, Dale, who was there to meet his father, used a nearby automated external defibrillator (AED). Despite this and immediate response by airport emergency services, resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. 

Grogan had become active in national, state and local
initiatives to raise awareness about SCA following an earlier brush with death
in 2002 at the Chicago O’Hare Airport. This time, a passenger and flight
attendant revived him with CPR and use of an AED.

Study: Routine Heart Screening Cost Effective

Routine heart tests for student athletes would be affordable
and potentially prevent the sudden deaths of young people who have previously
undiagnosed heart problems, according to a study by Stanford researchers
published today.

But many doctors, on learning of the findings Monday, said
that doesn't necessarily mean the tests should become the norm. Heart screening
in young people raises the possibility of false-positive results that could
delay an athlete's career, and there are other ethical issues, they said.

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