Archive - Dec 2011

Archive - Dec 2011

December 30th

...and that's one reason why we should teach CPR in the schools

The following report is from Central New York

Real Hero:Adult Good Samaritan-Knowing CPR saves father's life
by Laura Hand Posted: 12.29.2011 at 6:00 PM

When Robert Crouse had a massive heart attack while watching TV last April, Stephanie Jackson and her mother were nearby. Both had been trained in CPR, but the mother was too distraught to act, so Stephanie, who had learned CPR ten years earlier in high school, began doing chest compressions and rescue breaths.

All she could think of was 'no one else was going to step up,' says Stephanie. "I always doubted myself, but the brain pulls it out."

It took paramedics ten minutes to get there, and get him to a hospital, where doctors did not expect Robert to survive. He had two more heart attacks, and now has a pacemaker implanted, and he credits his daughter for saving his life.

December 29th

NY Health Clubs Have Legal Obligation to Use AEDs

NEW YORK, NY-- New York health clubs have a legal obligation to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on members experiencing cardiac episodes, a unanimous New York appeals court ruled.

The Appellate Division, Second Department, opinion published Thursday is the first time the court has recognized an affirmative duty for health clubs to use AEDs--which are required to be on-site in New York health clubs, along with an employee trained to use them--under New York's General Business Law 627-a.

"Although the statute does not contain any provision that specifically imposes an affirmative duty upon the facility to make use of its required AEDs, it also does not contain any provision stating there is no duty to act," Justice Sandra Sgroi wrote for the unanimous four-judge panel. "Moreover, it is illogical to conclude that no such duty exists."

Indiana Police Officers Saves a Life

SEYMOUR, IN--A 56-year-old Seymour man may likely received an early Christmas present from an unlikely source — two police officers. And if the man doesn’t feel that way, the two officers do.

“It made my Christmas,” Officer Mat Carver said of his role in helping the man, who was suffering from severe cardiac arrest.

Officer James Handley, who is Carver’s field training officer, agreed. “We’re on Cloud Nine,” Handley said of the incident that occurred just two days before Christmas.

Seymour Capt. Don Walker said many will claim that Handley and Carver were just doing what was expected of them or what they are paid to do. “This is true,” Walker said. “However, rarely does one get to save a life of another human being, whether you are a first responder or just your average citizen.”

December 28th

Texas Teen Posts Video About His Near-Death Experiences... One Week Before His Sudden Death on Christmas Day

A Texas teenager with a life-threatening heart condition spoke about his life in a video posted on YouTube days before his death. Ben Breedlove, 18, died on Christmas day, but the teenager left one last video about his life for more than 60,000 followers on YouTube, according to KXAN News in Austin.

Breedlove had been using several YouTube channels to talk about the effects of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle becomes thick that makes it harder for blood to leave the heart. Using notecards as a visual aid, Breedlove talks about his condition and how it impacted his life.

“The first time I cheated death was when I was 4,” he wrote on one card. “I had a life-threatening seizure, scary right?” Breedlove talks about having a pacemaker installed and how his heart started to give him trouble again.

December 26th

The Quantitative Effect of Bystander CPR

An article published by Circulation and written by Yonemoto et al. has quantified the effect of Bystander CPR. It's conclusive.


The investigators examined all cases in the All-Japan Utstein Registry of sudden cardiac arrests occurring in 2006 through 2009, where the arrests were witnessed by a lay-person 18 years old or older. Nearly 20,000 cases were available. The definition of 'survival' used was 'discharged with CPC-1 or CPC-2 neurological status'. (i.e., totally neurologically intact, or able to perform the activities of daily living without assistance.)

The graph in the abstract was cropped in transmission. The full graph is at

The short form is that - based upon a 20,000 victim cohort - it is really clear that CPR + AED use results in a lot more CPC-1 and CPC-2 survivals than CPR alone.

for those who were defibrillated in the [left column] number of minutes;

December 25th

CPR in schools saves a life in The Bronx

From Caribbean Life 12-23-11

A day after Bronx student, Louis Flores, 17, returned to school after being saved by a 26-year New York City public school system veteran when he collapsed on the gym floor, the American Heart Association is reminding New Yorkers that knowing CPR, especially in the school-setting, does save lives.

Just a few weeks after the Dec. 8 collapse, Flores is back in school thanks to some fast thinking and, most fundamentally, CPR and AED training. Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. In fact, even most students age 13 or older have the physical size and strength necessary to deliver effective chest compressions.

December 22nd

Alcohol, Obesity Common Causes of Sudden Death

Between 1998 and 2007, researchers in Finland performed postmortem examinations at the department of forensic medicine, University of Oulu. Causes of non-ischemic sudden cardiac death (SCD) were analyzed separately for those aged younger than 40 years, 40 to 59 years and older than 60 years. 

The study data were derived from 2,661 people who died of SCD. The autopsy data were combined with the hospital patient records and questionnaires completed by relatives of SCD victims to improve diagnostic accuracy.

According to results, CAD was the most prevalent cause of SCD (78.2%), whereas nonischemic causes of SCD were found in 579 of the 2,661 people who died of SCD (21.8%; mean age, 55 years; 78% men). More than 81% of nonischemic SCDs occurred in the home compared with ischemic SCDs (71%).

December 20th

Rural AED Program to be Restored to FY10 Funding Level

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the final FY12 appropriations bill that includes $2.5 million (minus a 0.189% cut across the board cut for all programs in the bill) for the Health Research and Service Administration's Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program. The final bill passed the House and Senate and is now waiting for the President's signature.

"We commend everyone who was involved in advocating for this important measure," said Mary Newman, President of the SCA Foundation and Co-Chair of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition.

Teachers Save Ninth Grade Student

RICHLAND, Wash. —Doctors say a Richland High School student who collapsed likely owes his life to two teachers who provided CPR and the athletic director who showed up with a defibrillator.

Principal Tim Praino says teachers John Bittinger and Paul Staley performed CPR on Jeremy Brewer while Mike Edwards administered the shock to his heart.

The ninth-grader collapsed Friday while running around outside school with friends during lunch. He was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in critical condition and then flown to Children's hospital in Seattle.

Praino wrote on the school website Sunday that Jeremy's father said he was talking with his parents and nurses. He had no memory of what happened to him. He'll be monitored for a few days to try to determine why his heart stopped.

December 19th


More Info


HR-3511 is a bill that we really need to see passed. It provides for broad, uniform Good Samaritan protection throughout the U.S.A.

Currently, Bystander CPR happens only about one-third of the time, frequently because of uncertainty about the issue.

Please urge your U.S. Representative to support this bill. Contact information can be found through

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