Archive - 2011

Archive - 2011

December 19th

Teachers' CPR saves Richland student who collapsed

The Associated Press | 12/19/11 4:29 PM


Doctors say a Richland High School student who collapsed likely owes his life to two teachers who provided CPR and the athletic director who showed up with a defibrillator.

Principal Tim Praino says teachers John Bittinger and Paul Staley performed CPR on Jeremy Brewer while Mike Edwards administered the shock to his heart.

The ninth-grader collapsed Friday while running around outside school with friends during lunch. He was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in critical condition and then flown to Children's hospital in Seattle.

Praino wrote on the school website Sunday that Jeremy's father said he was talking with his parents and nurses. He had no memory of what happened to him. He'll be monitored for a few days to try to determine why his heart stopped.

Could This Be A Game-Changer?

Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of 2011 Would Provide Broad Good Samaritan Protection

Only two percent of people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) outside hospitals are treated with an automated external defibrillator (AED) by a bystander.(1) Sometimes lay bystanders hesitate to act because they are concerned about liability risks, particularly if they have not been trained in the use of the device. Concerns can be heightened when signage warns “For trained personnel only.”

For similar reasons, businesses often hesitate to establish AED programs, even though they recognize that AEDs save lives. When businesses have locations in multiple states with different laws, the issue becomes even more complex.

December 18th

British Heart Foundation Releases Hands-Only Video

British Heart Foundation Releases New Ad Campaign

The British Heart Foundation has issued a new ad campaign designed to educate the public about the need for bystander intervention in cases of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

The ad features celebrity Vinnie Jones, who shows how hard and fast "Hands-only CPR" to the beat of "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees can help save the life of someone who has had a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILxjxfB4zNk.

December 16th

Pens Charity ASSIST Raffle a Great Success

Amanda Seagle draws winning ticketPITTSBURGH--More than 40 volunteers, including college students, helped raise funds for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation earlier this week through the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Charity ASSIST Raffle. The Pens Foundation established the Raffle to help Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organizations pursue their respective missions. A different nonprofit is chosen for each home game; the SCA Foundation was selected for the Pens vs. the Detroit Red Wings game on December 13.

Though the Pens did not win that night, the SCA Foundation turned out to be a big winner. Sales of $5 raffle tickets came to more than $11,000 and the Foundation will receive proceeds of about $7,000. Robert Kerr held the winning raffle ticket and will receive a $4,000 prize.

December 14th

CMS Coverage Reaffirmed for Wearable Defibrillators

CHELMSFORD, MASS.–The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Durable Medical Equipment Medical Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) reaffirmed the current coverage policy across all indications for wearable defibrillators. 

CMS coverage for wearable defibrillators was established in 2005. In August, 2011, the DME MACs considered changes to the Medicare coverage for the wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) as part of a draft Local Coverage Determination (LCD) for Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs).

Texas Doctor Pushes for Mandatory Heart Screenings

Amarillo, TX -- An area doctor is pushing for mandatory heart screenings among young athletes. One area family supports this effort.

"This is the photo of when he played football at Pampa High School...he was 17-years-old," says Danita Salazar, sister. 21-year-old Chito Holguin suddenly died last February from cardiac arrest. "He had a little pain, kind of by his heart and up to his shoulder. About five minutes later he passed away," says Danita Salazar, sister.

The tragic death left his sister on a mission to warn others. "No matter how old you are or how young you are, you need to get checked because he was twenty-one and he was very healthy. For athletes now they do their running, their weightlifting and they think that they're healthy and nothing is wrong with them, like they're too young to have a heart attack," says Danita Salazar, sister.

December 13th

Teen Saves Elderly Man's Life At Bowling Alley

Updated: Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011, 5:45 AM EST
Published : Monday, 12 Dec 2011, 10:23 PM EST


MYFOXNY.COM - A quick-thinking New Jersey teenager saved an elderly man's life when he collapsed at a bowing alley
Christa Fairclough was bowing with her family at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway last Friday when she saw him go down in the lane next to her.

She rushed over and gave the man CPR.

"He wasn't breathing. His face was purple," Fairclough said. "I was like, 'this man needs help'. I gave him two breaths, 30 compressions."

The man started breathing and survived.

"If it had been a few more minutes, the patient might not have made it," Rockaway Police Sgt. Michael Gosden said.

The high school junior had just learned CPR in school.

"Just three days ago we started adult/child CPR," Fairclough's health teacher Richter Grillo said. "We do the physical testing and thew written exam."

Teen Saves Elderly Man's Life At Bowling Alley

Updated: Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011, 5:45 AM EST
Published : Monday, 12 Dec 2011, 10:23 PM EST


MYFOXNY.COM - A quick-thinking New Jersey teenager saved an elderly man's life when he collapsed at a bowing alley
Christa Fairclough was bowing with her family at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway last Friday when she saw him go down in the lane next to her.

She rushed over and gave the man CPR.

"He wasn't breathing. His face was purple," Fairclough said. "I was like, 'this man needs help'. I gave him two breaths, 30 compressions."

The man started breathing and survived.

"If it had been a few more minutes, the patient might not have made it," Rockaway Police Sgt. Michael Gosden said.

The high school junior had just learned CPR in school.

"Just three days ago we started adult/child CPR," Fairclough's health teacher Richter Grillo said. "We do the physical testing and thew written exam."

December 12th

ADHD Does Not Increase Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Researchers, funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Agency for Health Research Quality, recently studied the cardiovascular risk of ADHD medications in adults.

The study found little evidence that the medications increased the risk of heart events, such as heart attack, sudden cardiac death, and stroke. The concerns stem from the fact that some of the medications are able to slightly increase heart rate and blood pressure levels.

December 9th

Penn Announces AED Registry Project in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA-- A group of Penn Medicine researchers is set to save lives with cell phone cameras -- and they're challenging the public to help. The MyHeartMap Challenge, a month-long contest slated to take place beginning in mid January, will send thousands of Philadelphians to the streets and to social media sites to locate as many automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as they can. The contest is just a first step in what the Penn team hopes will grow to become a nationwide, crowd-sourced AED registry project that will put the lifesaving devices in the hands of anyone, anywhere, anytime.

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