Archive - Aug 2010

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August 18th

Connecticut Town Named Heart Safe Community

THOMASTON, Conn. – The town has been designated a HEARTSafe Community by the state health department and the American Heart Association. The town has defibrillators throughout and residents have been trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

"It means we are now going to have town folks start doing care immediately before EMS arriving," said Skip Gelati, a member of the volunteer ambulance corps. "It will be win for everyone." Gelati explained that when someone has a cardiac arrest there is a 6-minute window in which the chances of them being revived is quite high.

High Risk Residential Areas Identified for AED Placement

Researchers were able to identify high-risk residential areas suitable for the placement of an automated external defibrillator by using simple demographic characteristics of a city center, according to a new study published in Circulation.

August 12th

Lancaster Amish Learn to Use AEDs

LANCASTER, Pa. — The
plodding horse and buggy clomping down your street might be concealing some
surprisingly advanced technology.

Amish in Paradise
Township, who generally shun technology, are learning how to save lives with
automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.

August 6th

Causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young Athletes

Clinical findings, work-up, treatment, long-term management, and athlete preparticipation screening guidelines are discussed in an article published in the July issue of Post Graduate Medicine. Researchers state that knowledge of sudden cardiac death in young athletes is imperative for all physicians and allied health professionals. The complete differential diagnosis of a young patient with sudden cardiac arrest will result in proper work-up and treatment. In this article, researchers review several etiologies of sudden cardiac death, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, and commotio cordis.

SOURCE: Michael S. Westrol, BA; Raffi Kapitanyan, MD; Andreia Marques-Baptista, MD; And Mark A. Merlin, DO, Post Graduate Medicine, July 2010

New ICD May Lead to Safer Heart Treatment

 Scottsdale
Healthcare is only Arizona hospital, 1 of 35 worldwide in clinical study

SCOTTSDALE,
Ariz. -- Scottsdale Healthcare is the only
Arizona hospital system testing a new under-the-skin device that uses an
electrical shock to interrupt possibly fatal heart rhythms, restoring a normal
heartbeat for patients at high risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

August 5th

NY Paramedics Use Hypothermia to Treat Cardiac Arrest Survivors

New York, NY - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano today announced that City Paramedics have begun treating cardiac arrest patients with hypothermia therapy – a new, life-saving medical procedure that has been proven to slow the deleterious impact of cardiac arrest on the human body. The treatment involves providing cold intravenous liquids to patients in an effort to halt muscle and tissue damage as well as preserve neurological function for patients who survive a cardiac arrest.

Zoll AED Plus with Real CPR Feedback

The Zoll AED Plus is the only AED on the market that can see what the rescuer is doing. Not pushing hard enough? The Zoll AED Plus will prompt you to "push harder". Stopped CPR? You will be prompted to "continue CPR".Visit www.trinitycpraed.com for more information and a demo on the Zoll AED Plus

Pocket CPR. Your CPR coach

The Pocket CPR is the only hand held device that can determine if you are performing CPR at the proper rate and depth of compression. I show the device in every CPR class I do, and I highly recommend every first responder carry one of these with them. Please visit www.trinitycpraed.com for details and a brief video demo on the Pocket CPR.

August 4th

Comedian Hal Sparks Helps Save a Life

Comedian Hal Sparks was hailed a hero last night after saving the life of a fellow air passenger when the man collapsed at Los Angeles International Airport.

The comedian launched into action when he saw an elderly male fall to the ground in the Delta Airlines terminal at around 11pm (local time).

He performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on the man and began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while a woman helped to give chest compressions until paramedics arrived on the scene and transported the victim to hospital.

Sparks took to his Twitter.com blog moments after the incident to tell fans all about his life-saving actions.

He wrote, "Just did CPR for the 3rd time in my life. What a night... When they took him away he was breathing on his own... Hope he makes it."

And the star has urged all of his followers to take first aid lessons because it's a useful skill to have.

August 3rd

River Rangers Save Boy Scout

Jackson, Wyo. – River Rangers from the Jackson Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest were involved in a rescue effort on the Snake River last Friday afternoon. That's when a private rafting party of Boy Scouts arrived at Sheep Gulch Boat Ramp on the Snake River with a 16-year-old male in acute cardiac arrest receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Forest Service River Rangers, nearby commercial river guides, and party members assisted with CPR while river rangers retrieved and deployed an on-site automated external defibrillator (AED). The use of the AED led to the victim regaining pulse and breathing at the boat ramp prior to a very prompt arrival and transport of the victim by Alpine Ambulance to Star Valley Medical Center (SVMC) where the patient was treated and later transported to Children’s’ Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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