Archive - 2010

Archive - 2010

August 5th

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 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 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. 

July 28th

Chest Compressions: Just Do It!

Studies support bystanders not using mouth-to-mouth breathing

If you haven't been well-trained in CPR and you see someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), just doing chest compressions to help keep the blood flowing can be as effective as CPR that includes mouth-to-mouth breathing, new research claims.

Two new studies, appearing in the July 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, found that when bystanders were instructed by emergency dispatchers to give either standard CPR, which includes mouth-to-mouth breathing, or chest-compression-only CPR, survival rates were similar between the two techniques.

Experts hope that by simplifying the procedure and removing the mouth-to-mouth contact that more bystanders might be willing to attempt CPR.

July 26th

AEDs Contributed to Livingston County, MI, Law Enforcement

Livingston County’s nine law enforcement agencies now have another tool in the
trunk to help save lives. Thanks to community and business contributions, a
“Jump Start the Heart” campaign led by Michigan State Police at the Brighton
Post, Livingston County EMS and the Sheriff’s Department was an overwhelming
success and has resulted in the purchase of 23 Automated External
Defibrillators (AEDs). They’ll be placed in patrol cars across the county and
in the event of a cardiac arrest when a police officer shows up on scene first,
law enforcement can start CPR and then apply the AEDs. The portable emergency
medical equipment helps return the human heart to a normal beat during a heart
attack or other emergencies and help with the survival rates of cardiac arrest.
A demonstration on how the devices work was provided at a presentation this
morning at EMS headquarters.

Another Piece of the Puzzle

Sick sinus syndrome occurs when the electrical activity of the sinoatrial node – the heart’s pacemaker – is impaired. Sudden cardiac death occurs after an abrupt loss of consciousness within an hour of the onset of acute symptoms – often at night when the heart rate slows dramatically – and can affect the healthy elderly and well-trained athletes.

The protein SCN5A is involved in the generation of electrical activity in the heart, and scientists at the Universities of Manchester and Bristol found that mutation in this gene disrupts the heart’s normal rhythm.

“We did not know why some people with sick sinus syndrome would die suddenly, but now we know why risk can increase at night during sleep. Our findings may be an important step towards ways of preventing this,” said Professor Henggui Zhang from Manchester.

Cooling SCA Survivors: Key to Successful Post Arrest Care

While hypothermia has been used during cardiac bypass since the 1950s, its use in the post-cardiac arrest setting had been unsuccessful until recently

By Jon C. Rittenberger, MD

Cardiac arrest is the most common cause of death in North America, resulting in approximately 350,000 deaths per year. For in-patients successfully resuscitated from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, care is frequently withdrawn because of severe neurologic injury.

Consequently, survival following cardiac arrest is low nationwide, ranging from 3 to 16 percent. One potent therapy to reduce neurologic injury following cardiac arrest is therapeutic hypothermia — decreasing the body's temperature from 98.6° to approximately 91°F.

Maggie Dixon Classic Scheduled for December 19 in NYC

The two-time defending national champion University of Connecticut Huskies, who have won 78 straight games, will return to the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York for the second time during the 2010-11 season. It is an event that pays tribute to the former Army head coach who died due to arrhythmia April 6, 2006. It is also an event that UConn coach Geno Auriemma would participate in every year if he had the opportunity.

The Huskies will meet Ohio State in the second game of the doubleheader Dec. 19. Rutgers and Texas A&M will meet in the opener.

UConn defeated Penn State 77-63 in its first appearance Dec. 14, 2008.

Tickets will go on sale Thursday at noon, starting at $15. They can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and on-line at

How to Save a Life: Good Morning America Reports on Sudden Cardiac Arrest

“Good Morning America,” today reported on
sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), emphasizing the importance of prompt use of
automated external defibrillators (AEDs) when SCA strikes. ABC News’ senior
health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser demonstrated the proper way to use
AEDs, noting that 50,000 lives can be saved each year if an AED is used
properly. He also said SCA is entirely different from a heart attack and almost
always leads to death if someone does not intervene within a few minutes of the
victim’s collapse. In addition, he said lay bystanders should not shy away from
helping because of legal liability concerns, since they are protected by Good
Samaritan legislation.

While the devices are intuitive to use, Besser recommended
training in CPR and AED use, so potential rescuers are more comfortable with
intervening when sudden cardiac emergencies occur.

July 21st

Six-Year-Old Saved By Her Teachers

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survivor Olivia Quigley and her family appeared on Boston Med on Thursday, July 22, at 10pm (EDT) on ABC-TV.

Olivia collapsed during her first grade gym class at East Boston Catholic School, and Olivia’s teachers performed CPR until Boston EMS arrived. They used an automated external defibrillator (AED)  to get her heart restarted before taking her to Massachusetts General Hospital.

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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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