Archive - Nov 14, 2012

Archive - Nov 14, 2012

Use of AEDs in the Home Yields High Survival Rates

Most cases (80%) of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occur in the home. A new suggests that deployment of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in homes may be an important additional strategy for SCA treatment. Using a prospectively-designed post-market study, researchers identified 25 cases in which a privately owned AED was used to treat SCA, including two uses on children.

Results indicate:

Can "Heel CPR" Help?

LOS ANGELES--Is “Heel CPR” a viable alternative to “Hands-Only CPR” for lone rescuers, who may become fatigued and unable to apply adequate force while waiting for EMS to arrive?

Fernando Perez, MD, and Robert H. Trenkamp, Jr., EMT-P, from “Saving Lives in Chatham County explored this question and presented their research earlier this month at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium. 

Trenkamp, who serves on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors, reported the results of examining the duration an adult could maintain two-inch deep chest compressions at a rate of at least 100 per minute using “Hands-Only” and then Pedal Compressions (“Heel CPR”) in two sequential tests. 

Novel Low Energy ICD to be Studied

A novel electrotherapy greatly reduces the energy needed to shock a heart back into rhythm, potentially making ICDs more acceptable to patients.

Blueprint for an airport

If you are one of the 376 airports in the U.S.A. and don't have a program like this, here are the instructions:

On October 17, a woman and her husband were on their way to the United Airlines ticket counter in Terminal 2 when the woman began experiencing difficulty breathing and collapsed. A United Customer Service Agent immediately began assisting and called out for anyone who knew CPR. A nurse practitioner was in the airport and rushed over. The United employee then called for assistance and found Airport Police Officer Eric Davis. Officer Davis immediately responded by grabbing an AED. Both the nurse practitioner and Officer Davis placed the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the woman and administered it. The woman then began breathing on her own, and all stayed with her until a rescue crew from the Phoenix Fire Department arrived on-scene. The woman was stabilized for transport to a local hospital.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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