Archive - Jan 2012

Archive - Jan 2012

January 5th

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.

January 4th

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.

January 3rd

Foundation Provides Heart Screenings in Memory of Quinn Driscoll

VANCOUVER, WA--Scott Driscoll knows all too well what 14-year-old Cody Sherrell’s family is going through. Sherrell collapsed and went into cardiac arrest Tuesday afternoon while playing basketball at La Center Middle School. Scott and Kelly Driscoll’s son, 13-year-old Quinn Driscoll, died in June 2009 after going into cardiac arrest while running around the school track during gym class.

Before word of Sherrell’s medical emergency made its way across the county, Scott Driscoll had heard the news that another young athlete was fighting for his life. Sherrell was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland. The cause of Sherrell’s cardiac arrest and his prognosis is unknown.

53 Deputies to Be Trained and Equipped with AEDs

SEATTLE, WA--The King County sheriff's office says 53 deputies are being trained and equipped with portable heart defibrillators so they can be dispatched to cardiac arrest calls along with medics. A deputy who arrives first at a call can start resuscitation and deliver the first defibrillator shocks. Medics can then take over.

Dr. Mickey Eisenberg of King County Emergency Medical Services said Wednesday the move "will definitely save lives." Fifteen deputies have already been trained and equipped with the remainder joining the program over the next few months as they complete training. All the deputies involved have asked to participate.

SOURCE: AP

High School Student Saved by AED

RICHLAND, WA -- Jeremy Brewer doesn't remember much about the day he collapsed, only that it started out just like any other. "We were walking down the street," he says. "Having fun, making jokes. And we came down by the gym, and when we walked up the steps, I collapsed."

It was lunchtime at the school. Students were milling around everywhere. But it was Jeremy's two friends who knew immediately something wasn't right. "My friend Kale ran and got help, and my friend Joe stayed with me," Brewer recalls. But his memory ends there.

It's officials at the school who fill in gaps from there, saying the next two minutes after he collapsed literally saved his life. It was the football coach, who grabbed the defibrillator off the wall in the gym and rushed to Jeremy's side--a device the school had just acquired in September.

Therapeutic Hypothermia Underutilized in U.S. Hospitals

NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Therapeutic hypothermia has been proven to reduce mortality and improve neurologic outcomes after a heart attack, yet it was rarely used in a sample of more than 26,000 patients, according to a study published in Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Therapeutic hyperthermia was used in only 0.35% of cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in this study.

The authors, Pratik Patel, Sayona John, Rajeev Garg, Richard Temes, Thomas Bleck, and Shyam Prabhakaran, from Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, state that “Continued education, dissemination of evidence-based guidelines to community hospitals, the development of and preferential transport of patients to designated cardiac arrest treatment centers, and enhanced reimbursement may help increase its application in clinical practice.”

Bystanders Use CPR to Save 14-Year-Old

VANCOUVER, WA--No one saw 14-year-old Cody Sherrell hit the floor during basketball practice at La Center Middle School Tuesday night. But Dr. Mark Banks, a pediatric intensivist at Legacy Emanuel Hospital’s Randall Children’s Hospital said at a news conference today that it was the immediate response of bystanders performing CPR that kept Cody alive.

Paramedics were called to the gym at the school at around 5:15 p.m. “It was their early recognition, and their aggressive and effective use of CPR, and later the use of an AED (automatic external defibrillator) that allowed him to be with us here,” Banks said.

When Banks said “here,” he meant, still alive. Sherrell remains in critical condition, but is showing signs of improvement, Banks said: “We’re most concerned about what effect this had on his brain.” Banks said it took paramedics and doctors one hour to return Sherrell’s heart to a regular rhythm.

January 2nd

AED Used to Save 42-Year-Old Man at School Basketball Game

ROSWELL, GA — Sam Hungerbuhler, of Cumming, was attending a basketball game for his stepson at Queen of Angels Catholic School in Roswell when the players started going to the ceiling.

At least that's what Hungerbuhler, 42, thought was happening.

"I was sitting there watching the kids going to the ceiling, but at the same time I was like 'Why are the kids going to the ceiling?'"

That was Hungerbuhler, 5-foot-5-inches tall and 160 pounds, passing out from a heart attack.

Hungerbuhler, a respiratory therapist at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite, was in luck.

His wife, Trish, is a nurse at Children's and knew that Queen of Angels is equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED) machine that tells users how many shocks are needed while medics are dispatched.

The game stopped, and game attendees stood around the edge of the basketball court saying prayers.

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