Archive - Nov 17, 2011

Archive - Nov 17, 2011

Man Saved at Hockey Rink Thanks to AED

SASKATOON--A man’s life was saved in Saskatoon thanks to an automated external defibrillator on-site at a local hockey rink.

According to MD Ambulance, paramedics responded Sunday around 11:20 a.m. to the Agri-Twins Arena, where a 58-year-old man collapsed while playing hockey. The staff at the arena called 911 and then, with the help of a licensed practical nurse who happened to be in the building, defibrillated the man. When paramedics arrived, the 58 year old was breathing on his own. He was taken by ambulance to Royal University Hospital in stable condition.

Can Twitter Save Lives?

Penn researchers' probe of social media discussion on cardiac arrest reveals new avenues for public health education

ORLANDO – Discussion about cardiac arrest on Twitter is common and represents a new opportunity to provide lifesaving information to the public, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The Penn investigators presented two studies examining cardiac arrest-information exchange on the social media site today at the American Heart Association's annual Scientific Sessions.

Good Samaritans Reunite

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- A man who had stopped to help a woman change a tire along a Wisconsin interstate before suffering cardiac arrest was reunited with the motorist who had a chance to quickly repay his kindness.

Victor Giesbrecht of Winnipeg, Manitoba, lost consciousness after driving away from the tire change on Interstate 94 in Dunn County Nov. 5. His wife, a passenger, was able to bring their pickup to a stop.

Sara Berg and her cousin, Lisa Meier, both of Eau Claire, saw the truck on the side of the road and recognized it as the one belonging to the man who had just helped them. Berg jumped in the truck and began CPR. Giebrecht had a chance to thank Berg and first responders Wednesday evening in his room at an Eau Claire hospital during an emotional reunion.

Wearable Defibrillators Prevent Deaths

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – About 7 percent of people in the U.S. who have sudden cardiac arrest outside of the hospital survive to hospital discharge, and according to this study, a wearable defibrillator can prevent sudden death in these people. Wearable cardioverter defibrillators are used by people who may be at higher risk for sudden cardiac arrest, including those with weakened heart function, awaiting cardiac transplant or with a condition that prevents or delays them from receiving an implanted defibrillator. The device monitors heart rhythm, emits alarms if a serious arrhythmia occurs, delivers an electric shock to the heart if needed and alerts bystanders to help if the heart's electrical activity has stopped.

Most State Police Agencies Do Not Equip Vehicles with AEDs

Just 30 percent the nation's state police agencies reported that they equip their vehicles with automated external defibrillators, and of those, nearly 60 percent of said only a minority of their fleet have the lifesaving devices on board, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania presented today at the American Heart Association's annual Scientific Sessions.

"Putting AEDs into more state police cruisers could provide a significant safety net for people who suffer cardiac arrest on our nation's highways, where state police officers often serve as first responders," said senior author Benjamin Abella, MD, MPhil, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and director of clinical research in the Center for Resuscitation Science.

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