Archive - Sep 2011

Archive - Sep 2011

September 30th

Giving Goes Mobile: Donate from Anywhere on October 4th

To donate on October 4th, visit and select Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation's third annual community-wide Day of Giving event on October 4th is going mobile for the first time. Donors will be able to access the on-line giving platform and make gifts to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation by using smart phones and tablets as well as home or work computers.

"This is a great enhancement that further underscores new opportunities for philanthropy in our digital age," said Grant Oliphant, The Pittsburgh Foundation's President and CEO. "Donors will have the convenience of being able to access our on-line giving program from anywhere in the U.S., or for that matter, anywhere in the world."

All donation transactions via mobile devices or computers during the 24-hour Day of Giving are secure and encrypted.

September 28th

SCA Hits Perry Hall High JV Field Hockey Team

Trauma Strikes the Field Hockey Teams
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 By Ethan Muller
From Perry Hall High's online newspaper

In life, situations can go from happy and exciting to gloomy and traumatic in a matter of seconds. Last night, September 27, 2011 the JV and Varsity Field Hockey teams experienced one of these moments. Shortly after scoring the winning goal, her second of the afternoon, a freshman on the JV team collapsed on the field at Catonsville High School. The coaches and athletic director rushed to provide medical assistance. The staff administered CPR immediately, which saved the young athlete's life.

While CPR was being administered, another person present at the game called 911 for an ambulance. Upon the arrival of paramedics, she was breathing but remained unconscious. The Varsity game, which was scheduled to directly follow the JV match, was postponed.

September 25th

Nurse finds herself in right place, right time

By Mary Landers (

Julie Anderson Paul knew something was desperately wrong from the tone of the other mother’s voice. The 34-year-old nurse had just settled back into her beach chair after a walk on Tybee’s north end when she heard the unmistakable sound of panic.

“Help my son. Oh please, please, please.”

The possibilities raced through Paul’s mind as she pounded to the surf: seizure, shark bite or drowning.

She saw the toddler’s face, blue beneath his summer buzz cut. A swim diaper had been pulled down revealing he’d soiled himself, a dire sign to Paul, who knew that it can be the body’s last act before death.

Kneeling by the 3-year-old boy, former Southside firefighter Roy Neely had already started CPR. Paul announced she was a pediatric nurse and took over the breathing portion of the child’s CPR.

September 24th

Why are the survival numbers different?

I've had several people ask me why they keep seeing different numbers for survival percentages. Here's the heart of the problem:

It all depends upon what you mean by survival. In days gone by - and for very good reasons in the modern age - 'survival' meant the "return of spontaneous circulation" (Come on, folks, couldn't we just say the victim got his or her pulse back?)
Unfortunately, getting your pulse back doesn't always leave you at the same station.

The difference is your CPC score:

CPC = 1 means you have no significant neurological deficit.
CPC = 2 means you are able to perform the activities of daily living, perhaps with some minimal accommodation.
CPC = 3 means you have some severe neurological deficit that interferes to varying degrees with your ability to perform the activities of daily living.
CPC = 4 means you are in a coma.

The percentage of the victims that survive depends upon what you mean by 'survive':

Be Annoying: It Could Save A Life

The CDC's publication of five years of CARES data underscores the importance of time.

On a sample of 31,583 cardiac arrest victims, a Bystander applied the AED only 3.7% of the time, and the 911 Responder applied the AED the other 96.7% of the time. Twenty-three percent of the people to whom a Bystander applied an AED survived, and nine percent of the people to whom the 911 Responder applied the AED survived.

This doesn't mean that Bystanders are two and a half times better at applying AEDs. It means that the Bystander was able to get an AED on the victim sooner, if there were one there. (These numbers won't tie exactly to the CARES ROSC data because they have been adjusted to eliminate the victims who didn't die but who weren't independently able to perform the activities of daily living after the incident.)

September 23rd

Marin moms use CPR at party to revive man who was clinically dead

By Jessica Bernstein-Wax Marin Independent Journal Posted: 09/23/2011 11:09:37 AM PDT Updated: 09/23/2011 11:09:38 AM PDT

Two Marin moms are still reeling after they saved a San Francisco man's life last weekend using CPR techniques they learned as children. On Sunday afternoon, San Rafael resident Jennifer Ani and San Anselmo resident Michal "Miki" Goralsky were at a party in Ross for first-grade students at the Brandeis Hillel Day School when parent Mike Ryan collapsed and turned purple.

"We were all outside, and it was time for the piñata and all the kids were in line," Ani said. "I was about 10 feet from him and his eyes rolled back in his head and his knees buckled and he fell to the ground."

After a few moments of chaos, Goralsky began administering compressions to Ryan's chest and Ani performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The older brother of one of the first-graders whisked all of the small children to another part of the property.

September 21st

Senate Subcommittee Votes to Restore Funding for the Rural AED Act

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education yesterday voted to set aside $2.5 million for the HRSA's Rural Access to Emergency Devices (AED) Program, thanks in large part to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition, including the American Heart Association, working with Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa.

Harkin's support for the funding was based in part on the personal testimony of Mari Ann Wearda, a sudden cardiac arrest survivor from Iowa.

This proposed funding level in the Subcommittee mark will restore this life-saving program to its FY 2010 level.

The President's 2012 budget had eliminated the program and HRSA had cut it back to $236,000 for 2011.

September 20th

Accuracy makes a difference.

The story below ran under the headline "Azle Student Athlete Hurt on the Field"

I would argue that the headline "Azie Student Athlete died on field, saved by CPR & AED" not only would be more accurate, but would be more likely to cause a reader to consider making sure that all the schools in their area had trained personnel and READY ACCESS TO AN AED AT EVERY ATHLETIC CONTEST AND PRACTICE.


Azle Student Athlete Hurt on the Field
Published : Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011, 9:16 PM CDT
FOX 4 News Web Team

AZLE, Texas - A seventh grade football player from Azle Junior High School stopped breathing after a violent collision during a game Tuesday night.

It happened at the school. He was hit on the field and stopped breathing.

The school district said trainers and a school nurse performed CPR and used a portable defibrillator on the boy until paramedics arrived. He started breathing again.

Rep. Phil Roe Uses CPR and AED to Help Save a Life

Republican Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) may have saved a life Tuesday morning by performing CPR on a man who collapsed in a Charlotte, N.C., airport.

Roe, formerly a practicing OB/GYN before he was elected to Congress, was walking through the airport with fellow Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) when someone cried out about a man who had collapsed, reports the Daily Caller.

Roe immediately rushed over and began performing CPR in an attempt to save the man’s life. By the time Roe reached him, the man did not have a heartbeat.

The congressman “brought the man back to life — he was dead. The AED [automatic external defibrillator] machine showed that he was flat-lining,” Roe’s press secretary, Amanda Little, told POLITICO.

CPR was not successful in resuscitating the man, so when emergency medical technicians arrived shortly after, Roe assisted them with the emergency defibrillator, which shocked the man back to life, added Little.

Celtics Coach Saves a Life

NEWTON, Mass. -- None of us knows when we'll get our final shot in life, but Chuck Conley realizes his could have been last week.

Conley, of Belmont, was playing a basketball pickup game when he collapsed.

"It was scary. I had no pulse, no breathing. I had heart stoppage," said Conley. The Wednesday night pickup game at Newton's Hyde Community Center was taking a water break when Conley sat down to catch his breath.

"Next thing I know it's tunnel vision and I passed out,” said Conley. His breathing stopped and then his heart.

Several players rushed to give Conley CPR. One player in particular, Bryan Doo, the Boston Celtics strength and conditioning coach, remembered the defibrillator hanging on the wall.

"The only part that made me nervous is when the machine said press the button, shock him," Doo said.

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