Archive - Jan 2011

Archive - Jan 2011

January 11th

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community LIFE Program to Donate 31 More AEDs to Minnesota Organizations

At least thirteen lives have been saved by law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel using defibrillators donated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's Mdewakanton LIFE Program. Another 40 lives have been saved by Mdewakanton Emergency Services and trained SMSC First Responders using automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on the reservation over the past eight years.

The SMSC has donated 673 AEDs since the program began in 2004 and facilitated the low cost purchase of an additional 20 units. The SMSC announces the approval to donate 31 more AEDs to Minnesota organizations and departments.

Each year 295,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest before they reach a hospital. Bystanders or emergency personnel can save many of these lives using CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and an AED.

January 10th

Cardiac Survivors Take On Kilimanjaro and the Nation's Leading Killer

Group Aims to Raise Awareness about Heart Health through "My Climb," a Virtual Learning Experience

Cardiac Survivors Take on Kilimanjaro and the Nation's Leading Killer

Group Aims to Raise Awareness about Heart Health through "My Climb," a Virtual Learning Experience

LANCASTER, PA– Proving there can be life after heart disease, cardiac survivor, InnerLink CEO, and co-founder of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, Robert G. Gillio, M.D. conceived My Climb, an ascent of Tanzania's highest peak that is coupled with a virtual learning experience to raise awareness of the leading cause of death in the United States. The expedition hopes to not only elevate awareness of heart disease, but also educate school-age adolescents and their families that by making healthy choices they can reduce their risks of developing childhood obesity now and getting heart disease in the future.

Remembering One Daughter, Protecting Another

ANAHEIM HILLS, CA — The Stuewe house is filled with framed photographs of two beautiful girls. In one photo, Melanie, 6 months old, sits on the back of her sister Shauna, who's 4 and a half. The other images show just how much they grew to resemble each other in their teens, with long, blonde hair and wide smiles.

On Thursday, Melanie turns 15, which means she's the big sister now.

An Opening Day to Remember

Peris Joyner, Seattle, WA – 55 at time of event (2009)

Peris JoynerKing County has a reputation for “saves” that is envied by many in the emergency services community. Peris is aware of this fact, and can testify to its veracity. The retired bank manager and his wife Carlla had decided to check out the new SoundTransit light rail connection to the airport one July weekend.

January 6th

Where Are the AEDs at Kennedy Airport?


Two doctors from Long Island are credited with saving the life of a man at Kennedy Airport.

He went into cardiac arrest inside terminal 4 Wednesday night and the doctors came to the rescue, despite some challenges.

"Where are the AEDs? Why isn't it more available to the public? Why can't we find it, why can't we see it?" said Dr. Bruce Decter, a cardiologist.

One of them was critically needed at JFK's terminal 4 after a passenger suddenly collapsed and started to turn blue.

"I felt the pulse. I listened for breathing. I found none. I started the CPR," Dr. Decter said.

With Dr. Scott Danoff, a dentist at his side, Dr. Decter also asks someone to call 911 and for the AED.

"I really repeated, 'Where's the AED?'" Dr. Decter said.

Virginia Hospital Wins HRSA Grant to Place AEDs in Nearby Rural Communities

WINCHESTER, VA--Our Health (OH) has been awarded a grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), through the Rural Access to Emergency Devices Grant Program. OH is facilitating this grant with Shenandoah Memorial Hospital (SMH) to serve four counties covering two states; Shenandoah and Page County, Virginia and Hardy and Hampshire County, West Virginia, to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in rural areas. Stacey Iden with Our Health has coordinated with Tracey McLaurin, Executive Director of Lord Fairfax EMS Council, to connect appropriate contacts within each locality for strategic placement of 36 AED units.

January 5th

Join Our Team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Highmark Walk for a Healthy CommunityThe Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Heinz Field on the North Shore of Pittsburgh.

Boston Scientific Issues Statement Regarding ICD Therapy

NATICK, Mass., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation today issued the following statement from Kenneth Stein, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Cardiac Rhythm Management, on an article that was published online today by the Journal of the American Medical Association.  The article reported on a study that found that about 20 percent of patients who received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) did not meet evidence-based guidelines for receipt of one.

Study: ICDs Too Widely Used in High-Risk Patients

More than one in five patients who receive implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) do not meet evidence-based guidelines to receive them, significantly increasing their risk of complications and death, according to a new study published in the 

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