Archive - Oct 2011

Archive - Oct 2011

Coalition of 50 Organizations Takes a Stand Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Washington, DC--In recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition (SCAC), in cooperation with the Congressional Heart and Stroke Caucus, hosted “Take a Stand Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest,” a two-hour event teaching the basics of Hands-Only CPR and use of AEDs (automated external defibrillators) Wednesday in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer on Capitol Hill.

The Coalition is comprised of 50 non-profit organizations with a common interest in preventing death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The event featured four, concurrent-training sessions on CPR and AED use and recognized legislators for their important work raising awareness of SCA.

October 26th

Washington State Senator Scott White Dies Suddenly From Cardiac Arrest

​Less than 24 hours before state Sen. Scott White was found dead in a Cle Elum hotel room, friends of his say he was out with them "in a great mood like he always is."

Police quickly ruled out foul play in the originally-mysterious death, and then late on Sunday the Kittitas County Coroner's Office announced that White had died of a "cardiac event" due to an enlarged heart.

As the AP and others have reported White, 41, was found dead at the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum by housekeepers after he failed to check out on Friday. He'd been in town for a leadership conference hosted by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

Randy Hodgins, vice president of external affairs at the University of Washington, is quoted saying the Senator was in high spirits the night beforehand.

White, married with two children, represented the 46th District in North Seattle.

October 25th

Bystander CPR, AED Help Save Man At Mass. YMCA


Dan Grecoe celebrated his 43rd birthday last week, and he credits three alert bystanders and a defibrillator with helping him reach the date.

Oct. 25--ANDOVER -- Dan Grecoe celebrated his 43rd birthday last week, and he credits three alert bystanders and a defibrillator with helping him reach the date.

Grecoe, an Andover resident who lives with his wife Lisa and three daughters, went into sudden cardiac arrest on the morning of Sept. 19 while exercising at the Andover/North Andover YMCA.

For about 10 minutes, retired Andover firefighter Richard Hartman and school nurse Rita Casper worked together to perform CPR on Grecoe while YMCA employee Maura Eisenhood used an automatic external defibrillator to help him survive while the paramedics were en route.

October 24th

EMT student assists on life-saving emergency call

[from the Franklin News-Post]
Monday, October 24, 2011

A Franklin County High School Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student recently had a life-changing experience when she played a role in saving the life of a heart-attack victim.

Brittany Cook, 16, was at the Franklin County Department of Public Safety office in a study session with instructor Eric Newman when he received a "patient down" call.

Cook went with Newman to the scene of the emergency, where Dr. Charles Lane, medical director; Sherry Lane, a registered nurse and EMT; Tom Firebaugh, an EMT; and Ron Gearheart, Michael Pruitt and John Scott, paramedics, were performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the patient.

Several minutes into the resuscitation attempt, the patient regained a pulse and started breathing on his own, according to Newman. The patient was then transported to the hospital for treatment and later released, Newman said.

October 23rd

AED Petition Now Alliance Together with Clear Channel Outdoor Launches SCA Awareness Initiative

“To commemorate National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, Clear Channel Outdoor, Jacksonville, Florida Division, will display billboards with pictures of kids from across the nation whose lives were claimed by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA )” said Becky Cohn, Vice President of AED Petition Now Alliance. The billboard message reveals the incredible statistic that we lose 16 kids each day (5,760 annually) to SCA. Just as incredible, many people are unaware that, when an automated external defibrillator (AED) is applied to a SCA victim within the first minute after collapse, chances of survival are as high as 90% according to American Heart Association. Chances decrease 7-10% for every minute thereafter...with the average emergency response time being 10-12 minutes. This is why it’s vital that AEDs be available in schools and public recreation facilities. 

October 14th

Six-Year-Old SCA Victim Saved at School

SPANISH FORK — The 6-year-old boy who collapsed and nearly died at a Spanish Fork elementary school Thursday is recovering in the hospital. His parents say he had no prior history of heart problems, and they're grateful a responding police officer was carrying an automated external defibrillator (AED).

October 13th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition Issues a Call to Action

NOTE: The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition has been disbanded.

Bystander intervention can mean the difference between life and death in cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. 50-member Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition urges public to learn CPR and how to use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), and recognizes Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) for introducing the Teaching Children to Save Lives Act, and Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) for saving a life. Survivors Liz Pearlman, David Belkin, Esq. and Pam Borins provide testimonials.

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Canadian Doctors Speak Up

Emergency-room doctors say bystanders are morally obligated to perform chest compressions on cardiac arrest victims - whether or not they have been properly trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation - and CPR must be considered a “life skill” for all Canadians.

Representatives of the Canadian Association of Emergency Room Physicians (CAEP) told a news conference on Thursday that too many cardiac arrest victims are dying because the person beside them doesn’t know what to do, and is afraid to act.

“It must become a moral obligation and a social expectation that bystanders will perform CPR when they witness a cardiac arrest,” the doctors said in a position statement released to reporters. “The general population must come to understand that cardiac resuscitation is much more likely to be successful when CPR is started promptly, and the victims of cardiac arrest will almost certainly die if lay witnesses do not intervene.”

October 12th

Close call on school field carries lesson

October 11, 2011 | 3:00 p.m.

Lessons can be learned from tragic events. In Baltimore County, we are fortunate that recently lessons have emerged, but a tragedy was averted.

Fast action and the fortunate presence of expertise combined on Sept. 27 to save the life of a teenager who went into cardiac arrest on an athletic field at Catonsville High School.

Breanna Sudano, a freshman on the Perry Hall High School junior varsity field hockey team, collapsed at the conclusion of a game at Catonsville High.

Among those present who were able to respond quickly to the emergency were two coaches and three nurses — one of them a cardiac nurse. They worked as a team to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Almost unquestionably, they saved this young athlete's life. They kept her pulse going until paramedics arrived and gave the girl an electric shock from an automated external defibrillator, which boosted her heartbeat.

It's either sloppy reporting or really tragic.

A math teacher at East Central High School died Monday morning after collapsing before classes started, officials said.

Melinda Villegas, 23, a full-time math teacher for all grades at the high school, was with colleagues, who “immediately started assisting her and went to get our school nurse's assistant to administer CPR,” said Stevie Gonzales, an East Central Independent School District spokeswoman.

“EMS continued the CPR in transporting her to Mission Trail Baptist Hospital,” where she was pronounced dead around 8 a.m., Gonzales said.

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[note: the death is tragic enough, but there may be even more reason to wring our hands and scream:

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