Archive - Nov 2011

Archive - Nov 2011

November 17th

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.

November 16th

Anxiety Can Lead to Sexual Dysfunction in Heart Implant Patients

MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Men and women with implanted defibrillators may experience sexual performance problems related to a fear of getting shocked during sex, according to the American Heart Assn.

In a survey of more than 150 people, average sexual function scores among men with ICDs were consistent with mild erectile dysfunction while those without the implants were in normal range.

Women's average scores were similar among those with ICD and those without, but women reporting high level of anxiety had lower sexual function scores.

November 15th

Who Won the IRescU Scavenger Hunt?

Congratulations to Linda-Cotter Forbes, who has won the iRescU Challenge to upload or email the location of AEDs in the community! Linda is the mother of Kaitlin Forbes, a survivor who was saved at Rhinebeck, NY, High School, thanks to her school's foresight and preparation. Linda has won an AED, donated by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and Cardiac Science. Kaitlin's story is featured in "You Can Save a Life at School," downloadable here. The next iRescU Challenge will kick off on December 15th at mHealth Technology Summit in Washington, D.C. and will continue through December 19th, midnight ET.

Heart Screening Effectively Identifies High School Students at Risk of Sudden Death

Beaumont Health System research featured at American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando

ROYAL OAK, MI (PRWEB)--A Beaumont Health System program launched in 2007 to screen high school students for sudden cardiac death risk has proven to be a low-cost, effective, accessible and sustainable method of identifying heart conditions.

Kim Bonzheim, director, Cardiology Services at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich., presented research results of Beaumont’s “Healthy Heart Check” student screening program on Nov. 14 at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Fla.

“Using physician volunteers and paid technical staff, we have developed a rapid, low-cost, scalable model to effectively screen large numbers of high school students for sudden cardiac death risk and other heart conditions,” says Bonzheim.

November 14th

Sudden Death of 16-Year-Old Hockey Player Sparks Debate over Safety

EDMONTON--In the National Hockey League last season, 24 of its 30 teams blocked over 550 shots during the 82-game regular season. It's become an essential facet of team defense at the pro level: Sacrificing the body, and one's own safety, to deflect a speeding puck, hoping that a player's equipment sufficiently protects them.

Kyle Fundytus, 16, played defense for the Don Wheaton Midget AA team in Edmonton. Last weekend, he slid to the ice to block a slap-shot from an opponent, something his coach, Nathan Papirny, said he'd do with regularity. What happened next, according to Papirny, was a "once in a 10 million" accident that cost Fundytus his life. The puck struck Fundytus in the neck, sending him into cardiac arrest.

iRescU Challenge: Act Now to Win an AED!

The iRescU AED Location Challenge, an innovative project designed to build public automated external defibrillator (AED) public access databases, was launched this weekend at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium in Orlando, Florida. The Challenge, which continues through 9:00 am ET tomorrow, invites champions of the cause from around the world to identify and report AED locations. The individual reporting the greatest number of AEDs (must report a minimum of 10 AEDs) will win an AED donated by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and Cardiac Science.

So get out your cameras and phones and report as many AED locations as possible. Here’s how:

November 13th

Act Now to Win an AED!

iRescU Team Launches First Global AED Scavenger Hunt

ORLANDO--The iRescU AED Location Challenge, an innovative project designed to build public automated external defibrillator (AED) public access databases, was launched this weekend at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium in Orlando, Florida. The Challenge, which continues through 9:00 am ET Tuesday, November 15, invites champions of the cause from around the world to identify and report AED locations. The individual reporting the greatest number of AEDs (must report a minimum of 10 AEDs) will win an AED donated by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and Cardiac Science.

So get out your cameras and phones and report as many AED locations as possible.

AED Upload

Here’s how:

iRescU App Presented at AHA's Best Original Resuscitation Science Sessions

ORLANDO --The iRescU Project was presented November 12-13 during the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium during the "Best Original Resuscitation Science" Poster Sessions.



The first poster, CPR/AED Apps: What’s Out There and Are They a Reliable Source of Public Lifesaving Information?, was a qualitative technical review of all English language CPR/AED apps available as of January 2011 (54 apps). Nadine Levick, MD, MPH, and colleagues found that only five of 54 apps had been updated to meet 2010 AHA guidelines, and only one app had been studied for operational validation. Authors concluded there is a need for uniform standards for design, usability, access, and clinical effectiveness of CPR-AED instruction apps.

November 11th

Come on, teammates, this is not complex.

66% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the home.

Many cardiac arrest are accompanied by intermittent. gasping respirations. That sounds like intermittent, loud snoring.

Fewer than a third of all cardiac arrests benefit from Bystander CPR.

If the person you life with does not know how to perform Bystander CPR, you are ten times more likely to stay dead if you suffer a sudden cardiac arrest, as someone in this country does every 90 seconds.

If the point hasn't escaped you, get your spouse trained in Bystander CPR immediately.

www.slicc.org

PLEASE!

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