Archive - Nov 2011

Archive - Nov 2011

November 27th

AHA Reaffirms Need for AEDs in Hospitals

DALLAS–The American Heart Association (AHA) takes issue with the article originally appearing on Nov. 14 as “Bad Shock…” by Lilly Fowler.

The article raised questions about how the AHA developed its guidelines for the use of AEDs in hospitals. The writing group for this recommendation followed AHA policy requiring a clear majority of authors to have no relationships with industry (RWI), and that no one with RWI be allowed to vote on any recommendation.

The AHA has consistently enforced strong policies to guard against influence of industry in the development of our guidelines. Our mission is to save lives. It is clear that early defibrillation saves lives. Without it, victims with shockable rhythms have virtually no chance of survival.

Ottawa has its act together!

Three saves in one week...

Updated: Sat Nov. 26 2011 4:53:11 PM ctvottawa.ca

An Ottawa firefighter said he's looking forward to having a beer with the opposing player whose life he helped save during a game of hockey Friday night.

Ottawa paramedics said a 61-year-old man was playing hockey at the Kanata Recreation Complex when he collapsed around 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Off-duty firefighter Pat Aubry skated over, felt he had no pulse and immediately asked for someone to call 911 and get the public access defibrillator, according to Ottawa Fire Services.

"I was assessing him and as I was assessing him his eyes rolled back and he went purple, so I started CPR," said firefighter Pat Aubry.

CPR and one shock from the defibrillator were delivered, and paramedics said the man's pulse was back when they arrived.

"We set it up on him and the machine did what it was supposed to do," Aubry said.

He was taken to hospital conscious and is in stable condition.

November 26th

Patient who collapsed at gym thanks worker who helped save him

By Charles McMahon cmcmahon [at] seacoastonline [dot] com November 23, 2011 2:00 AM PORTSMOUTH — It was an emotional moment on Tuesday morning at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, as Planet Fitness employee Whitni Hendley met the man whose life she helped save just one week earlier.

John Foster, 65, of Rye, said he's thankful Hendley was working when he collapsed while running on a treadmill Nov. 15 at the Lafayette Road gym.

What caused John Foster to collapse?

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Robert Helm said Foster's (below) heart stopped because of a condition called bicuspid aortic valve.

What is bicuspid aortic valve? It's a disorder in which the valve has only two leaflets, or flaps, that control blood flow through the heart. Like the tricuspid valve and the pulmonary valves, normal aortic valves have three tissue leaflets.

November 25th

Four Saves in One Week

OTTAWA--A 61-year-old man who collapsed on the ice during a hockey game Friday night was the fourth man in a week revived with an automatic external defibrillator by a bystander.

Dan Séguin, a sports journalist with CBC, was in net when his defenseman crumpled right in front of him.

“He just basically collapsed to the ice,” Séguin said Saturday. “When I looked at him, there was no response already and his ear was blue.”

The referee blew the whistle during the game Friday at the Kanata Recreation Complex and the scene became chaotic as players scrambled to help the man, Séguin said.

But off-duty firefighter Pat Aubrey, 51, saw that the 61-year-old defenseman had collapsed and immediately went to the man’s aid.

The man was breathing heavily and Aubrey thought he may have fainted. Aubrey said the man’s color began to change, his eyes rolled back into his head and his pulse faded.

Kylee and Family: A Special Thanksgiving

SOUTHLAKE, TX--Twelve-year-old Kylee Shea collapsed when walking to class. Thanks to the quick thinking of two coaches, she's alive today to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family.

Shea's heart stopped beating for three minutes. 

Now, holiday traditions for the Shea's will be forever changed: every moment seems like a miracle. It's something they're truely thankful for.

For nearly two days, family worked to prepare the Thanksgiving feast. It was complete with everything you'd expect: turkey, salad, stuffing, but the family meal was more than just a meal.

It was a celebration.

"This could have been a completely different thanksgiving," said Sheryl Shae.

"I remember walking to class, and feeling really tired, and trying to sit down, but falling over," said Kylee.

The whole thing caught on video. Kylee last remembers telling her friends to go on ahead.

Grandfather of Hockey Player Saved at Rink with AED

 

November 22nd

Man Performs CPR To Save Co-Worker's Life

from WMFD TV web site 11-21-11

A Mansfield Christian seventh through ninth grade social studies teacher gave his testimony to God Tuesday following his efforts to save a co-worker who suffered a heart attack.

Roger Dials spoke to Mansfield Christian students about his experience on Nov. 14 at the Walmart on Possum Run Road where he works a second job.

Dials performed CPR for 20 minutes on co-worker Ronald Faust who had suffered a heart attack as he was unloading boxes from a conveyor belt.

Faust told the students he owes Dials his life for his actions a week ago.

Dials modestly gave all his praise to God.

Faust says Walmart has been wonderful to work for and will probably be back to work in six weeks or less where he'll be assigned other duties.

Man Performs CPR To Save Co-Worker's Life

from WMFD TV web site 11-21-11

A Mansfield Christian seventh through ninth grade social studies teacher gave his testimony to God Tuesday following his efforts to save a co-worker who suffered a heart attack.

Roger Dials spoke to Mansfield Christian students about his experience on Nov. 14 at the Walmart on Possum Run Road where he works a second job.

Dials performed CPR for 20 minutes on co-worker Ronald Faust who had suffered a heart attack as he was unloading boxes from a conveyor belt.

Faust told the students he owes Dials his life for his actions a week ago.

Dials modestly gave all his praise to God.

Faust says Walmart has been wonderful to work for and will probably be back to work in six weeks or less where he'll be assigned other duties.

Pittsburgh News Anchor Survives Cardiac Arrest

PITTSBURGH--KDKA-TV news anchor Susan Koeppen remains hospitalized after suffering cardiac arrest while running with friends.

Koeppen, an award-winning journalist who returned to Pittsburgh airways on Sept. 19 to co-anchor KDKA's 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, was stricken Sunday while running near the intersection of Centre and South Negley avenues in Shadyside.

City police said running partners began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and that a passerby used an automated external defibrillator from a nearby business until paramedics arrived.

KDKA general manager Christopher Pike would only say Koeppen was off the air Monday night. He refused further comment "to abide by her family's wishes."

Koeppen was a consumer reporter and weekend anchor for WTAE-TV before becoming the consumer correpsondent for CBS News' "The Early Show" in 2004.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune Review

November 21st

Arkansas Football Player Dies Suddenly from Undiagnosed Heart Condition

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Mourners lifted their hands as though in prayer, then gave a "Woo Pig Sooie" cheer Monday as they said goodbye to Garrett Uekman, the 19-year-old Arkansas football player who died suddenly last week from an undiagnosed heart condition.

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