Archive - Aug 2011

Archive - Aug 2011

August 16th

The Joint Commission Issues Landmark Monograph on Challenge of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Joint Commission ReportPITTSBURGH-- The Joint Commission has released a landmark monograph addressing community-based efforts for the treatment and follow-up of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Meeting the Challenge is targeted to healthcare professionals who care for cardiac patients, including those who survive SCA.

High School Soccer Player Dies Following First Practice of the Season

PITTSBUGH--The first soccer practice of the season turned tragic for Beaver County Christian School, as 15-year-old sophomore Sam Dickson collapsed Monday morning at Brush Creek Park near Beaver Falls and was later pronounced dead at Ellwood City Hospital.

According to a release from the school's director of recruitment and advancement, Rose McChesney, Dickson collapsed during a break between drills as the practice was drawing to a close. Emergency crews arrived quickly, and he was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:30 p.m.

"Naturally, we are in shock and grief over this event," the release said. "But along with his parents, we rejoice in Sam's vibrant faith and deep commitment to Christ. We grieve, but not as those 'Who have no hope,' as we read in 1 Thessalonians 4:13."

August 14th

U of Michigan Helps Schools Develop Rapid Response Programs

University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center helps schools develop rapid response readiness programs to prepare for emergencies on and off the field

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – As the fall sports season starts for students, millions will hit the court, the rink and the field. Every year, it seems we hear a tragic story of a young person suffering a cardiac event while participating in school sports. But who is at risk for a cardiac event and what screening process is recommended for student athletes?

“Every year, we hear about deaths among young athletes on the sports field or on the court,” says Mark Russell, M.D., pediatric cardiologist at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

“It is a very devastating but very uncommon event. It will occur in about 100 athletes a year throughout the United States, and that’s an incidence of about 1 in about 40,000.

August 9th

What we'll see in the years ahead.

For those of us who got comfortably used to seeing changes in resuscitation science every five years, the past few years have seemed fast-paced. But the rate of change is accelerating. It's time to fasten your seat belt.

Thanks to the pioneering work of the past few years, we are now beginning to accumulate solid data on what works and what doesn't.

Here's what I suspect lies ahead:

First, the age of five-year updates is behind us. I think we'll see changes in resuscitation science guidelines far more frequently than every five years.

Second, a dirty little secret has surfaced: most people don't do CPR well enough. I think we will see an increasing focus on the quality of the resuscitation effort: fewer and shorter interruptions in chest compressions, compressions more compliant with the two inches or more guideline, and shorter pauses between the cessation of chest compressions and the delivery of the shock.

August 8th

No Wins, Too Many Losses

Football Deaths Should Be A Wake-Up Call for Parents and Other High School Stakeholders

What do high school football players Tyquan Brantley, 14, of South Carolina, Donaterio J. (D.J.) Searcy, 16, of Georgia, Isaiah Laurencin, 16, of Florida, Samuel Gitt, 17, of Pennsylvania, and high school football coach Wade McClain, 55, of Texas have in common? They all reached the end zone far too soon—crushed by a formidable opponent, sudden cardiac arrest.

Late summer’s brutal heat was said to be a factor in most of these recent deaths—temperatures have been among the warmest on record.

No Wins, Too Many Losses

Football Deaths Should Be A Wake-Up Call for Parents and Other High School Stakeholders

Harris's Legacy: A Heart Filled with Love

WINNIPEG--If anyone had reason to hate it was Richard Harris, but instead he chose to love, and that will be his lasting legacy.

Harris was once forced to sit in a car eating peanut butter sandwiches with his black teammates while white team members dined on steak inside a hotel. He faced prejudice for many years of his too-short life, but wouldn't let it turn him to hate.

Instead, Harris became a giant both physically and emotionally as he helped others his entire life.

A memorial for Harris held in Winnipeg on Sunday drew the entire Blue Bombers organization, as well as players and coaches from around the CFL as his colleagues came to say goodbye.

August 5th

Research Demonstrates Benefits of Therapeutic Hypothermia

Underused technology holds great promise

Research continues to demonstrate the positive role of therapeutic hypothermia (TH) in treating out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients.

In the July 12, 2011 issue of Circulation, Michael Mooney, et al. from Minneapolis Heart Institute and Northwestern University in Chicago published data on 140 consecutive OHCA patients who were treated and transferred to a central therapeutic hypothermia-capable hospital.

Patients were initially cooled in the ambulances or referring hospitals with ice packs and then transferred to the central hospital where they were further cooled and maintained at 33°C (92°F) for 24 hours with the Arctic Sun device (Medivance, Louisville, CO).

CARES Report Points to Need to Increase Bystander Intervention in Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Each year, approximately 295,000 persons in the United States experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Approximately 92% of persons who experience an OHCA event die.

An OHCA is defined as cessation of cardiac mechanical activity that occurs outside of the hospital setting and is confirmed by the absence of signs of circulation. Whereas an OHCA can occur from non-cardiac causes (i.e., trauma, drowning, overdose, asphyxia, electrocution, primary respiratory arrests, and other non-cardiac etiologies), the majority (70-85%) of such events have a cardiac cause.

This landmark report is based on a review of of 31,689 OCHA cases of presumed cardiac etiology (October 1, 2005 and December 31, 2010) in the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) Registry. Results indicate:

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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