Archive - Jan 5, 2012

Archive - Jan 5, 2012

No Training? No Problem When It Comes To Using AEDs

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--After a couple of recent incidents, the city and Brant County are providing more information about how the public-access automated external defibrillator (AED) program works. Under the program, in place since 2007, hundreds of AEDs have been placed in facilities across both municipalities so they can be used in cases where someone collapses from a cardiac arrest. The units, mounted on walls in visible locations, are set up for use by any member of the public while waiting for emergency responders to arrive.

Recently, one was used at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre and another at the South Dumfries Community Centre in St. George. "In the St. George incident, two of the people nearby started CPR and the arena attendant, who is a firefighter, arrived with the AED," Brant Fire Chief Paul Boissoneault said Tuesday. "The unit was (used) within a minute, which is optimal timing."

AED Locked in Office No Help at Hockey Arena

MONTREAL--The daughter of a 55-year old man who suffered sudden cardiac arrest at a hockey arena in Abitibi just before Christmas says the family  will not pursue the case.

Denis Letourneau collapsed during an old timers hockey game.

It turns out the defibrillator that normally hangs on a wall near the rink was missing.

Study Highlights Need to Determine Who Truly Needs an ICD

Chronic total coronary occlusions (CTO) independently predicted the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias in ischemic heart disease patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), according to a single-center study. The presence of at least one CTO was associated with a higher rate of appropriate ICD therapy for ventricular arrhythmias during each of three years of follow-up, reported Luis Nombela-Franco, MD, from the Hospital Universitario Puerto de Hierro-Majadahonda in Madrid, Spain, and colleagues. CTO also were independent predictors of mortality in each of three years of follow-up, according to the study published online in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. The investigators noted that ventricular arrhythmias are the cause of most cases of sudden cardiac death.

Montana High School Student Brought Back to Life by Staff

COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont.- A Columbia Falls High School student collapsed after his heart failed earlier this week, but some quick action brought him back to life.

The 16-year-old student is now recovering in the Intensive Care Unit at Kalispell Regional Medical Center after collapsing during gym class at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

School staff began performing CPR to save his life and then several people, including the athletic trainer and nurse, began using a defibrillator to shock the student and get him breathing.

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