Archive - Sep 10, 2011

Archive - Sep 10, 2011

Another Excuse Bites the Dust!

The Medical College of Wisconsin reviewed six dozen cases where Bystander CPR was performed on people who didn't need it.

Here's what Michael McGonigal MD, the Director of Trauma Services at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN had to say about the results.

Bottom line: The potential benefit of bystander CPR outweighs the risk of injury or performing it on a victim who is not in arrest. This study shows that, although these patients may not need CPR, they are generally very ill. Given the rapid EMS response times and the younger average age of the victims, no real injuries occurred. The new American Heart Association recommendations are beneficial and should be distributed widely.

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Former Steeler Survives SCA

Former Steelers undrafted free agent S. Brett Greenwood was hospitalized Friday in Iowa City, Iowa, after collapsing during a workout in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Greenwood suffered an apparent sudden cardiac arrest arrest. Greenwood, who was released by the Steelers in part of their final roster cuts, was at his high school alma mater, Pleasant Valley, in Bettendorf, Iowa Friday before a game between Pleasant Valley and Davenport West.

He was working out on the school's practice field when he suddenly collapsed. fortunately, the high school had an automated external defibrillator (AED) and team trainer Jason Viel used it to restore Greenwood's pulse. He was transferred immediately to Trinity Bettendorf Hospital, and later, University Hospital in Iowa City.  

Greenwood is an elite-level athlete, just four days from his 24th birthday. 

SOURCE: Beyond the Steel Curtain, adapted

D'Iberville Football Player Died from Sudden Cardiac Death

JACKSON COUNTY, MS– A D’Iberville running back who collapsed at a football game Friday night died from sudden cardiac death, officials said.

Latrell “Fred” Dunbar collapsed on the Gautier High School field after he was hit in a play. Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus pronounced him dead at 9:50 p.m. at Ocean Springs Hospital.

An autopsy performed today by state pathologist Paul McGarry shows Dunbar died from "sudden cardiac death". "There were no injuries whatsoever. No fractures of any kind," Broadus said. Coach Buddy Singleton said video shows Dunbar taking a hit.

“There was a lick when he was blocking, but he got hit from the side on his shoulder,” the coach said after watching the replay this morning.

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