Archive - Dec 2012

Archive - Dec 2012

December 10th

Hands-Only CPR Best for Victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, According to Japanese Study

KYOTO, Japan - Chest compression-only CPR performed by bystanders — without rescue breathing — keeps more people alive with good brain function after having a sudden cardiac arrest, according to a Japanese study reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

December 7th

Utah State Athletic Trainer Saves Basketball Player with AED

SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah State basketball player who nearly died after collapsing during practice Tuesday is expected to be able play again. Danny Berger collapsed during practice in Logan and fell into cardiac arrest. The team’s trainer revived him using a defibrillator.

Doctors have inserted a small defibrillator underneath Berger’s skin in his chest that would kick into action and restart his heart if it stops again. His left arm will remain in a sling for three weeks because of the defibrillator. After that, doctors say he should be cleared to play again.

”If I everything goes right, it seems like I’ll have a full recovery,” the 22-year-old Berger said Friday during a press conference.

Berger will be released from the hospital Saturday and plans to go to Utah State’s Saturday night game against Western Oregon.

December 6th

Police Officer Saves Student with AED

KENT, Wash. — Surveillance footage shows a student suddenly collapse on the floor of his high school, as an officer jumps into action and runs for his automated external defibrillator, saving the boy’s life.

Xavier Hunter, 16, collapsed Nov. 6 from a condition he was unaware of at the time that caused an irregularly fast heartbeat. An announcement made over Kent Meridian High School’s PA system alerted Officer Scott Rankin, the school’s resource officer, who ran to his vehicle in the school’s parking lot, returning with a defibrillator.

Rankin used the defibrillator and performed CPR until EMTs arrived at the scene, and Hunter was rushed to the hospital.

“I remember when I woke up in the hospital bed, but I don’t remember anything from before that,” said Hunter.

“He’s a hero.  If it wasn’t because if him, I’d be dead, probably.”

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.

December 5th

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.

December 2nd

I Finally Submitted my Video for CNN Fit Nation 2013!!!

Good morning!

As you may have read a few weeks ago, I have had the goal to apply for the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Team. Well, I finally did it!

Here is a link to my video:

And here is a copy of my final essay:

Luck of the Irish

“Hello!” Dr. Gupta and the rest of the Fit Nation team. My name is Douglas Mogle and I am thirty-two years old. As a fourth grade teacher and high school soccer coach, I spend my days trying my best to inspire, educate, and lead my students in a safe (physically and emotionally) and fun learning environment. I emphasize to them that they need to “work really, really, hard” in order to reach success and excellence, and to pay attention to the details - because “details matter.” (My students are tired of that phrase!)

Ironically, I have not been adhering to my own advice, which is why I’m speaking to you today.

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