Archive - Dec 6, 2012

Archive - Dec 6, 2012


No Stopping Those Roller-coaster Rides!

Michelle Rajpolt, Monroe, CT – 11 at time of event (2010)

Michelle Rajpolt Born with congenital heart defects means that Michelle has been sport restricted her whole life. She got her first cardiac device implanted as a toddler. She joined the zipper club before primary school, and she absolutely loves a roller-coaster ride. One Monday afternoon at school gym playing dodgeball, Michelle felt ill, took a break and collapsed.

Are you a gambler?

If you see an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest happen - and there's a 14% chance that you will at least once in your lifetime - and if we're not trained, that person will likely stay dead or be brought back with brain damage, just because you wouldn't spend a few hours every two years learning what to do when you see a cardiac arrest happen. There's more than an 80% chance that that victim will be a family member, a friend, or an acquaintance.

What you're really saying when you don't get trained is that you're willing to take an 11% chance that the family member, friend, or acquaintance you see die will stay dead.

Can you live with that?

...From the

It's remarkable that he made it back with that long a delay before defibrillation.

Published: December 6, 2012 3:00 a.m.
Frank Gray
Tuesday night, Patrick Carpenter finally got to see the hat that saved his life.

Switching to Chest-Compressions Only Method Doubled Survival in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

TUCSON, AZ - Adoption of chest-compressions-only resuscitation over traditional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for bystander intervention in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest dramatically improved survival rates in Arizona and other regions of the US, a new report shows [1].

The report, by Drs Gordon Ewy and Arthur Sanders (University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson), was published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on November 28, 2012.

According to Ewy, in 2003 they decided to change the approach used in treatment of patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest because survival rates with traditional CPR had remained low for so long. 

AEDs to be Mandatory in Public Places in Manitoba

MANITOBA, Canada--The Manitoba government has proclaimed the "Defibrillator Public Access Act," the first legislation of its kind in Canada, which will make it mandatory for certain public places to have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on site.Locations required to have AEDs by January 31, 2014, include fitness clubs, gyms, arenas, community centres, golf courses, schools, colleges and universities, airports, train and bus stations, casinos, homeless shelters

The Government of Manitoba has made funds available to provide over 1,000 AEDs to public places designated in the regulations, on a first come, first served basis. 

To read the law, click here.

To read more, click here.

New Regulations to Require Defibrillators in Mines Will Save Lives

HARRISBURG, Pa.--The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that underground coal mines will soon be required to install automated external defibrillators on the surface near the mine entry and underground in each working mine section. The requirement comes as part of a regulatory rulemaking that will appear in the Dec. 8 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin and take effect March 8, 2013.

"This requirement, which was overwhelmingly supported by mine operators and workers, is the first of its kind in the nation and is just another example of how Pennsylvania leads the world in deep mine safety," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. "These defibrillators will help save lives in our underground mines.

"Thanks to cooperation among regulators, labor and management, Pennsylvania has gone an unprecedented 42 months without a fatality in an underground mine," he said.

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