Archive - 2012

Archive - 2012

AEDs in Metra Trains Could Save Lives

CHICAGO--All Metra trains will be equipped with automatic external defibrillators by the end of January, officials announced on Thursday.

The easy-to-use, automated device helped a Naperville woman save two lives at the fitness center were she works.

The latest involved a man who collapsed face first on a treadmill after going into cardiac arrest. Tracy Trimble got some help rolling the man over, then she performed CPR and chest compressions. And with the defibrillator, she brought the man back to life.

“His body jolted and the machine told me to continue CPR, so I continued,” she said. “And I gave one last breath and all of a sudden miraculously, he was awake again.”

Trimble says she sees the man at the gym every so often: “He’s a big Italian guy so he gives me a hug and a kiss on the cheek every time he sees me.”

December 28th

Trying to connect with other Survivors

I had an SCA Sept 25, 2010. A day I will always remember, thankfully, from the stories of others. I have only to go by what I was told by others at the time. Apparently I said I feel faint and walla was dead. My husband and nephew were in the process of getting my body out of my truck when my son, whose birthday it was and thankfully is a paramedic, arrived and started CPR, who knew that 37 years ago when I gave birth to my son, he would then bring life back to me 37 years later... As soon as he stopped all pulses and heart beats stopped again. Waiting for the ambulance he just kept on with CPR and when the other paramedic and EMT arrived they used the AED. Again I did not maintain a heartrate but they loaded me into the ambulance and continued shocking me. After the 3rd shock they were able to keep my heartrate and with the intubation was taken to ER. Ended up in ICU on a medically induced coma and placed on ice for approx a day and a half.

Don't miss the point...

San Francisco, CA (updated) - What doesn't kill you is supposed to make you stronger, an adage that many a long-distance runner has clung to, but intriguing findings from a new study presented last week suggest the mortality benefits of running are best accumulated in shorter distances, specifically at less than 20 miles per week [1].

In fact, at longer distances, the researchers observed a U-shape relationship between all-cause mortality and running, with longer weekly distances trending back in the wrong direction, toward less mortality benefit.

December 17th

He Saved My Life!

Here is a link to the new blog of one of the firefighters who saved my life. He mentions a little bit of my story in his first post.



December 14th

Please Don't Make It Harder to Save Another Life by Reclassifying AEDs

This blog was previously published in The Huffington Post.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has launched a petition to the Food and Drug Administration to keep automated external defibrillators (AEDs) readily accessible for victims of sudden unexpected cardiac arrest, rather than increase regulatory hurdles that will hinder their deployment. The FDA is expected to make a decision before the end of the year. Please consider signing the petition today.


December 13th

Happy Re-Birthday, Justin Rephas!


Lindsey Rephas in MoldovaToday is the one-year anniversary of College of Charleston student Justin Rephas' brush with sudden cardiac arrest. 

Happy Rebirthday, Justin. And congratulations to Medical University of South Carolina nursing student Meg Skeele and Dr. Michael Bernard, bystanders who helped Justin "stay alive" with CPR. 

And thank you to Lindsey Rephas, Justin's sister, for sharing Justin's story with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. Lindsey is a Peace Corps volunteer, working to raise awareness about the importance of CPR in Moldova.

To read Justin's story, click here.

December 12th

Mental Health Scars Common After Cardiac Arrest

A quarter of cardiac arrest survivors suffer long-term psychological problems such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, a new review of research estimates.

This additional stress on recovering patients is under-diagnosed, researchers say, and doctors have few standard methods for identifying who is at risk.

"Anxiety, depression and PTSD are major concerns after cardiac arrest," said lead author Kathryn Wilder Schaaf, a postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University. "We have the tools to treat this, (so) it's important to make sure that it's identified," she added.

Many long-term care issues for survivors are unknown, experts said, largely because only 10 percent of the 382,800 Americans who suffer cardiac arrest each year survive.

MICR still paying off

Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates Triple For Ariz. FD

Survival rates have more than tripled for cardiac arrest patients in the Northwest Fire District (NWFD) as a result of a new treatment protocol and a close partnership with the University of Arizona Medical Center.

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Essentially, the overall survival rate has gone from 4.9% to 14.6% for all arrests and from 11.1% to 37.5% for witnessed arrests.

This builds on the MICR work Bobrow et al. published in JAMA in March 2008.

December 11th

Defibrillator Case to Go to Top Court in California

With more than 700 Americans dying of cardiac arrest each day, a divided federal appeals court wants the California Supreme Court to decide whether state law requires businesses to keep a defibrillator on hand, a device that might have saved the life of a 49-year-old woman who collapsed at a Target store.

A panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco voted 2-1 Tuesday to ask the state's high court to decide whether a commercial property owner's legal duty to provide emergency medical aid requires the availability of a defibrillator.

The dissenting judge, Harry Pregerson, said he believes state law requires a store to meet the "insignificant burden" of owning a defibrillator, which costs $1,200, and training one or more employees in its use.

Another piece of the compelling case...


The results of a Japanese study was published in today's issue of circulation.

The study showed that there is a significant advantage to the victim of an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest when the rescuers use compression-only CPR.

Be safe.

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