Archive - Nov 2011

Archive - Nov 2011

November 21st

Seeking Volunteers for Pens Charity ASSIST Raffle

Pens Charity ASSIST RaffleThe Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh, PA, works hard to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death in the United States.

The Foundation has been accepted by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation as one of several area nonprofit organizations that will be featured during its Pens Charity ASSIST Raffle this season. One nonprofit is selected for every home game--and the Foundation's night is Tuesday, November 13.

Freshman Tight End at Arkansas Dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

FAYETTEVILLE, AK--One day after earning a 44-17 victory over Mississippi State, the Arkansas Razorbacks are now mourning the death of freshman tight end Garrett Uekman. Uekman was pronounced dead at Washington Regional Medical Center. 

Garrett Uekman was 19 years old.

The Arkansas Razorbacks have announced a Monday night candle light vigil in his memory. Grief counselors have been made available to Razorbacks players by the school.

Uekman was discovered unresponsive in his dorm at 11:15 am Sunday, not long after being spotted playing video games and apparently healthy. He was pronounced dead at 12:10 pm after suffering cardiac arrest. 

Two Runners Die During Philadelphia Marathon

PHILADELPHIA -- Authorities say two who ran in the Philadelphia Marathon collapsed during the race and died of apparent "heart attacks."

Philadelphia police Officer Jillian Russell, a spokeswoman, says a 21-year-old man collapsed at the finish line. She says a 40-year-old man collapsed about a quarter-mile before the finish line. Russell says both were taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Melanie Johnson, executive director of The Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend, says their names were not being released pending notification of relatives. She says in a statement that organizers are "deeply saddened."

SOURCE: THe Huffington Post

November 19th

This is the way it is supposed to work!

The three Whiteland students gathered around their classmate as his body convulsed.

The boy had gone into a seizure, his eyes rolling back in his head and his limbs jerking in spasms. Suddenly he stopped breathing and went limp.

Katie Foster, Brittni Dodd and Mercedes Hart had practiced CPR for hours in their health careers classes. Now, they were called on to act.

The three Whiteland Community High School [Indiana] students helped save the life of a classmate on a school bus Tuesday morning.

November 18th

National Post-Arrest Research Consortium Will Study Post-Arrest Patients

Four internationally renowned academic medical centers have joined forces to look at what happens to cells after the heart restarts following cardiac arrest. Virginia Commonwealth University, Beth Israel-Deaconess/Harvard University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania have created the National Post-Arrest Research Consortium (NPARC).

“Most large, single institutions treat approximately 10 to 12 patients a year. As the regional referral center for cardiac arrest treatment and Level I Trauma Center, VCU Medical Center treats about 70 or 80 post-arrest patients annually,” said Dr. Mary Ann Peberdy, professor of internal medicine and emergency medicine at VCU. “The three other consortium members are similar to us in terms of treatments and patient volumes.”

Withdrawal of Care May Occur Too Soon in Cardiac Arrest Patients Who Receive Hypothermia Treatment

Patients often regain consciousness 3 days or more after arrest

ORLANDO -- Physicians may be making premature predictions about which patients are not likely to survive following cardiac arrest – and even withdrawing care -- before the window in which comatose patients who have received therapeutic hypothermia are most likely to wake up, according to two new studies from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The research helps to better define the proper timeframe and manner in which doctors may be able to predict which patients will regain consciousness after the use of therapeutic hypothermia, which preserves brain and other organ function following cardiac arrest. Patients treated with hypothermia often don't regain consciousness until three or more days after their cardiac arrest, according Penn research presented earlier this week at the American Heart Association's annual Scientific Sessions.

Schools Ignore AHA Heart Screening Guidelines

A state survey in Washington provides a disturbing look at how “off the radar” the risk of sudden cardiac deaths for young athletes is. Fewer than six percent of doctors were fully complying with guidelines provided by the American Heart Association for doctors to use while they did sports physicals. Equally sobering, fewer than half the doctors responding were aware the guidelines existed.

As for athletic trainers, about six percent said they knew the guidelines existed. The AHA published 12-point sudden cardiac death screening guidelines for athletes in 1996. It re-affirmed them in 2007. These are eight medical history questions and four physical exam elements, including listening to the heart and checking blood pressure.

More than 7 million people in the United States are playing high school athletics. One out of every 30,000 to 50,000 of them die annually from sudden cardiac deaths outside the hospital, according to the American Heart Association.

November 17th

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.

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