Archive - Dec 12, 2012

Archive - Dec 12, 2012

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MICR still paying off

Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates Triple For Ariz. FD
STAFF EXPLORER NEWSPAPER
THE EXPLORER (TUCSON, ARIZONA)
CREATED: DECEMBER 11, 2012

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.

(see article at http://www.firehouse.com/news/10840863/cardiac-arrest-survival-rates-tri...)

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.
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=181606

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.

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