Archive - Oct 12, 2011

Archive - Oct 12, 2011


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:

PREVENT SCD Trial Supports Use of MTWA Test as Predictor of Sudden Cardiac Death

Results of the PREVENT - SCD Trial Published in Clinical Research in Cardiology

TEWKSBURY, Mass.-- Cambridge Heart, Inc. (OTCBB: CAMH), a developer of non-invasive diagnostic tests for cardiac disease, today announced that results of the PREVENT-SCD trial, published in the journal Clinical Research in Cardiology, reinforce the value of the Microvolt T-Wave AlternansTM (MTWA) test in identifying patients at risk of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD). Preliminary results of the study were originally presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in 2009.

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