Archive - 2011

Archive - 2011

November 8th

Team effort saves Baltimore half-marathon runner in cardiac arrest

By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun 7:22 p.m. EST, November 8, 2011

Like many veteran marathoners, Bob Pohl always had an eye on the clock.

"I used to tell my wife that if I drop in a race to stop my watch because I don't want to go to the hereafter with a bad time," he said. "The joke was funnier before."

The 55-year-old Marriottsville runner did collapse during a race. He was about 200 feet from the finish line of the Baltimore half-marathon on Oct. 15 when a blockage in a main artery stopped his blood from flowing — and his heart from beating.

Now seconds seriously mattered.

November 6th

Students Celebrate Collegiate EMS Week, Teach CPR

College campuses can be fertile ground for injury and illness. From the close quarters and sometimes-dubious hygiene to the immoderate consumption and plain old recklessness of youth, students can find themselves in frequent need of emergency medical services.

That’s one of the reasons college EMS services are important. We celebrate those starting today with Collegiate EMS Week.

Modeled after the National EMS Week observed in May and similarly sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Collegiate EMS Week is held the second week of each November to recognize and celebrate campus EMS. Like their counterparts in the community at large, college EMSers can also use the opportunity to highlight what they do and educate those who might need them—on campus or off.

Point Pleasant surfer saves Bay Head man using CP

Written by
Keith Ruscitti | Staff Writer

POINT PLEASANT — It was 28 years ago when Jeff Beverly took a cardiopulmonary resuscitation class.

Beverly signed up for the session months after witnessing his wife, Robin, suffer through a serious asthma attack, a situation which caught him off-guard and unprepared.

“I was in shock, I didn’t know CPR or anything,’’ said Beverly, 54. “I felt totally helpless.’’

Today, Bay Head resident David Turberfield is alive and recovering because of Beverly’s use of the resuscitation procedure. It was the first time the Point Pleasant resident has used the procedure.

During a surfing session off the Harris Street beach in Bay Head late in the afternoon on Oct. 17, Beverly observed Turberfield face down in the water to the south side of a jetty.

“At first, I thought it was one of my buddies playing a joke,’’ said Beverly. “Then I turned him over and he was gone.’’

Marathon runner returns to race he had cardiac arrest at

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It was just two years ago that Bill Zahler nearly died after completing the Mid-South Championship Marathon in Wynne. "I took a few steps over the finish line and had a cardiac arrest," said Zahler.

Zahler was without a pulse for nearly 40 minutes. Doctor's used a fairly new procedure, therapeutic hypothermia, a machine that lowers your body temperature, to save Zahler's life. It is an event many often don't live to tell about. Now he is using that experience to promote a healthy lifestyle. He says his past experience has only strengthened his faith.

"He performs miracles and I consider what happened to be to be a miracle from God," said Zahler.

Friday afternoon, Bill Zahler made a trip to St. Bernard's Medical Center. Not only did he get to meet the nurses and doctor who treated him, but the machine that saved his life.

"It may remember me, but I don't remember it. And I wouldn't want to have this thing over me. It's much too cold," said Zahler.

November 5th

It works, folks. Not all the time, but we can do much better.

Tito Gonzalez honored for Paul Waller's life with CPR

When Paul Waller told his friend Tito Gonzalez that he didn't feel too well and was going to skip a workout at the YMCA last spring, those could have been his last words.

Not too long after the chat, he was stricken by a heart attack.

Gonzalez, sensing something just wasn't right, decided he would stop by Waller's home in Rochester's South Wedge to check on his friend.

He found Waller in cardiac arrest and immediately administered CPR, a skill he learned in high school but had never had to use. Waller, 59, will forever be grateful to Gonzalez, 26, who chose to pass along praise to a higher power.

"I'd like to thank God because sometimes our instincts are not our own," he said. "I don't know why I went over. Possibly the voice of God was telling me something's wrong."

Waller and Gonzalez, who are deaf, met about two years ago at a group gathering.

November 4th

North Hunterdon cheerleaders donate to Janet Fund to target cardiac arrest

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Because the North Hunterdon High School staff is trained in CPR and the use of Automated External Defibrillators, they were able to help one their own students, Heather Skillman, who collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest during cheerleading tryouts in April of this year.

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Published: Friday, November 04, 2011, 10:38 AM Updated: Friday, November 04, 2011, 10:50 AM
By Todd Petty

The North Hunterdon High School cheerleading team presented a donation of more than $3,000 to the Janet Fund at the school’s football game against Voorhees High School on Oct. 6.

The fund was created in memory of Janet Zilinski, an 11-year-old Pop Warner cheerleader who suffered sudden cardiac arrest during cheerleading practice.

November 3rd

ECGs May Help Prevent Sudden Death in US High School Students

Electrocardiograms may help prevent sudden cardiac death in US high school students, data from a recent study showed. Through the Young Hearts for Life screening program, 32,561 high school students in suburban Chicago (51% boys; mean age, 16 years) participated in ECG screenings between September 2006 and May 2009. Abnormal and unacceptable ECGs were determined and required further evaluation. To complete the study on a large scale, community volunteers participated in a controlled training program.

CPR saves Millsboro girl

By Keith Loria
Correspondent
Posted Nov 03, 2011 @ 04:03 PM




Millsboro - This past April, 9-year-old Sierra Hall of Millsboro collapsed on the lacrosse field and was saved thanks to the quick thinking of a bystander who delivered CPR.

The girl's mother, Melanie Hall, cried for help after Sierra was found to have no pulse, and the CPR kept the girl stabilized until paramedics arrived.

"I have no doubt that (the bystander) saved my daughter's life," Hall said in a statement. "The CPR kept Sierra breathing and kept her alive until the ambulance got there. We were very fortunate there was somebody nearby who knew how to perform CPR."

After the cardiac incident that day, the girl was airlifted to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, where she stabilized before being transported to A.I. Dupont Children's Hospital for treatment.

Music Doesn't Help an Achy Breaky Heart

Does music help prehospital professionals provide better CPR? Not according to authors of a study published online this week in Emergency Medicine Journal.

Specifically, researchers from the UK and Australia explored whether listening to “Achy Breaky Heart” or “Disco Science,” compared with not listening to music, increased the proportion of CPR-trained health professionals delivering compressions at the 100 bpm recommended rate and 4–5 cm depth.

They found that listening to Disco Science while performing CPR did not increase the proportion of rescuers delivering compressions correctly. "Perhaps unsurprisingly," they said, "listening to Achy Breaky Heart had a negative effect. Disconcertingly, regardless of the nature or absence of musical accompaniment, the majority of participants did not compress at the recommended rate or depth."

U.S. Representatives Capps and Roe Honored by Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition at Take a Stand Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest Event on Capitol Hill

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition, http://www.stopcardiacarrest.org, is comprised of 50 nonprofit organizations, which united to raise awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the critical need for immediate bystander action to help save more lives. They recognized two legislators who have been active in advancing the Coalition's cause.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB)--U.S. Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Phil Roe (R-TN) were honored October 26th at “Take a Stand Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest” in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. The two-hour event was hosted by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition (SCAC), in cooperation with the Congressional Heart and Stroke Caucus in recognition of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. The Coalition is comprised of more than 50 nonprofit organizations with a common interest in preventing death and disability from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

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