Archive - May 9, 2011

Archive - May 9, 2011

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Study: Heart Screening in Schools is Feasible and Affordable

SAN FRANCISCO -- A program that screened all students at a Chicago-area school for heart problems was clinically successful, but drew criticism for its broad scope and expected costs.

Among the m´╗┐ore than 50,000 teens screened with electrocardiograms at school through the program, 2.16% showed significant abnormalities that required further follow up, Joseph C. Marek, MD, of the Midwest Heart Foundation in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., and colleagues reported.

"It's feasible to do," Marek noted during his presentation at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting.

FDA Elevates Level of AED Recall

WASHINGTON -- The FDA has elevated the status of a recall of a semi-automatic external defibrillator series to class I -- the agency's most serious -- because of a defect that cancels the shock it is meant to deliver.

Manufacturer Defibtech said in a statement that the Lifeline AED and ReviveR AED brands of the DDU-100 series with 2.004 software and earlier may fail to provide therapy to patients as the device cancels its shock while charging.

The devices may also cancel a shock-ready charge in high humidity and condensing conditions.

ARC Rolls Out New CPR-AED Training Program for Professionals

 

The American Red Cross has rolled out the next generation of its CPR and AED training for professional rescuers and health care providers -- those with a duty to act. They include EMS personnel, firefighters, athletic trainers, and lifeguards. The CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers program is a 5.5-hour course updated to match the 2010 AHA guidelines for CPR and using an automated external defibrillator.

It includes:

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