Archive - Jan 25, 2011

Archive - Jan 25, 2011


Study Shows Inappropriate ICD Shocks Increase Mortality

Leiden, the Netherlands - A retrospective, single-center experience supports post hoc analyses of two major randomized trials in finding that inappropriate implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) shocks increase all cause mortality. Moreover, the risk increased the more inappropriate shocks patients experienced, according to the analysis of 1544 patients with ICDs featuring electrogram storyage, from different manufacturers, implanted for either primary or secondary prevention from 1996-2006.

Chest Compression-Decompression Devices Boost Survival in Trial

Roseville, MN - A pair of devices for assisting paramedics performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest can raise the patient's chances of discharge with good neurologic function, suggests a randomized trial published this week [1].

San Ramon Fire Department Launches App to Help Save Lives


SAN RAMON, CA – In the spirit of “Gov 2.0” the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRVFPD) announced the release of an innovative new location-aware iPhone application today. The new app empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.

If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the application, using sophisticated GPS technology, will alert citizens in the vicinity of the need for CPR. The application also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

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