Archive - Jan 20, 2011

Archive - Jan 20, 2011

NBA Player Ryan Gomes on a Mission to Save Lives

Ryan Gomes of the Los Angeles Clippers is on a mission to save lives. Back in 2005, he lost a friend to sudden cardiac arrest during a basketball game. Cardiac arrest is a silent killer that takes over 325,000 lives each year in the United States. Having automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in a gym can make the difference between life and death. 

MIT Fixes Malfunctioning AEDs

Two automated external defibrillators (AEDs), one in Building 16 and one in Building 4 at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), were out of order for a month starting in the middle of December. By Jan. 16, both machines were deemed fully functional.

Austin, MN, Receives Funding for AEDs

AUSTIN, Minn.- A grant from the Hormel Foundation will help keep people in Austin safer.

The foundation is providing $30,000 in grant funding for the city to purchase defibrillators.

The devices, which are also known as AEDs, will be carried in Austin police cars and  placed in the fire department and in city buildings.

Fire Chief Mickey Healey says they are vital n cases of sudden cardiac arrest. 

Indiana Student Saved from Sudden Death

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Daniel Walls was like any other 8th grader on the basketball team at Chauncey Rose Middle School in Terre Haute when he collapsed January 3 in the middle of warm-ups. At first, it looked like a seizure. Then he stopped breathing and so did his pulse.

Coach Doug Stagg said he didn't even think as he grabbed the automated defibrillator from the gym wall just a few feet away.

Still No Answer on Mechanical vs. Manual CPR

Review of randomized clinical trials fails to demonstrate one method is superior to the other

Although animal research, anecdotal reports, and studies of small series of patients suggested that mechanical CPR devices are more effective than manual chest compression, a systematic review of quality clinical research had not yet been done, according to researchers from the University of Toronto. The only large recent study found that patients treated with a mechanical device fared more poorly. Yet, problems in how the study took place might explain these unexpected results, researchers say.

Their review found that the findings of those studies were inconsistent—the three small studies suggested mechanical devices were beneficial, and the one large study found harm. According to the review, taken together, they provided “insufficient evidence” to draw meaningful conclusions.

Cultivating a Renewable Source of Rescuers

BISMARCK, N.D. - State legislators will soon consider a bill that will expand the successful Healthy Schools Pilot Program by training youths in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of defibrillators.

The bill's backers hope that when North Dakota students graduate, they'll know how to recognize cardiac arrest and keep victims alive until help arrives. Amy Walters, director of student services for the Southeast Education Cooperative, says the bill would fund four Healthy School coordinators for the regional education associations.

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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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