Archive - Feb 2012

Archive - Feb 2012

February 22nd

ECG Experts Gather to Improve Identification of Athletes at Risk

SEATTLE – On Feb. 13-14, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) partnered with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Sports Cardiology Section, the Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES), other leading U.S. cardiologists, the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM), and the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Center (F-MARC) in an effort to define ECG interpretation standards in athletes and develop a comprehensive online training module for physicians around the world to gain expertise in ECG interpretation and the proper evaluation of ECG abnormalities suggestive of a pathologic cardiovascular disorder.

Hosted by AMSSM 1st Vice President Jonathan Drezner, MD, the meeting in Seattle, Wash., brought together many of the world’s premier sports cardiologists and sports medicine physicians, including participants from the U.S., Italy, Sweden, U.K., Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil, and Qatar.

February 20th

Akron Nurses Commended for Heroic Actions

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Anthony DeVitis (R-District 36) recently presented Ohio House commendations to two local nurses who saved the life of runner Tony Lindeman in the Akron Marathon Sept. 29.

Lindeman was one of 13,000 running in the marathon that day, and as he neared the second mile marker, he collapsed and stopped breathing, according to DeVitis’ office. Heather Pariso, a part-time surgical nurse at Akron City Hospital, manually pumped his heart for several minutes while Lynne Trenkelbach, a nurse at Akron General Medical Center, performed mouth-to-mouth until an ambulance arrived. Paramedics used a defibrillator to restart Lindeman’s heart.

February 19th

Massachusetts Legislators Promote Lifesaving Bill for Schools

BOSTON —  Legislation to require schools to put special plans in place for medical emergencies and to have lifesaving equipment such as defibrillators available for use at sporting events cleared the Senate last week and is poised for final action in the House. 

State Rep. John J. Binienda, D-Worcester, said if the bill comes to the Rules Committee, which he chairs, he will not hesitate to advance it to the full House.

“I am wholeheartedly in support of this bill,” Mr. Binienda said of the legislation, which died without action at the end of the 2010 legislative session but was refiled in the current session.

February 15th

NJ Senators Introduce Bill Protecting Good Samaritans Who Use AEDs

A bill, sponsored by New Jersey State Senators Bob Gordon (D-38 Fair Lawn) and Joseph F. Vitale (D-Middlesex) that would protect good Samaritans who use an automated external defibrillator (AED) while attempting to save someone’s life from civil liability was approved by the full Senate on Monday and is now scheduled for a vote in the Assembly on Thursday.  

The bill, S-852, would eliminate language in current law that requires that a person using an AED to have received training in both CPR and the usage of the AED.  The bill would also step down current requirements that entities require CPR and AED training for all people who might use the AED to just the people most likely to use the device.

Proponents of PA Legislation to Help Save Young Athletes Bring Message to State Capitol

HARRISBURG--Proponents of legislation that would address sudden cardiac arrest in school athletes took their message to the Capitol on Valentine’s Day. The goal of their legislative proposal is to educate and prevent the number one killer of youth athletes.

HB1610 unanimously passed the State House of Representatives. Now, supporters are lobbying state senators to approve the bill that would require training about the warning signs, diagnosis and treatment options.

Coaches, athletic trainers, sports officials and even referees would be required to take on-line training about the conditions requiring players to be removed from the playing fields if they show symptoms. It would also require medical clearance before the athlete can return to the field. 

Representative Mike Vereb, prime sponsor of the bill, says the class will be available on-line at the State Health Department website. Prevention and education are vital.

State Senators Say CPR Training in Schools Should be Mandatory

Vermont State Senators gave preliminary approval Tuesday morning to a bill that would make the teaching of cardiopulmonary resuscitation mandatory. Some senators say they worry about the state imposing mandates on schools. Senator Randy Brock says he'd normally oppose mandates, but he says this case is different.

"As I look at what we're asking here today, it's very rare that this body has the ability to do something that actually can save a human life," said Brock. "We aren't called upon to do that very often. We're called upon to do that here. And for that reason I think this is something that should pass. And I will be voting in favor of it."

The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote. Senators still have to vote once more before sending the proposal on to the House.

SOURCE: VPR News

SCA Foundation Presents AED to Winner of First iRescU AED Challenge

Mary Newman, Linda-Cotter-Forbes, Dr. Nadine Levick

NEW YORK--Linda Cotter-Forbes, of Rhinebeck, New York, was recognized yesterday at an awards ceremony at the New York Athletic Club for winning first place in the first iRescU AED Scavenger Hunt Challenge. The Challenge was launched during the 2011 American Heart Association Conference in November. Linda reported the location of 37 AEDs during a 48-hour period.

February 13th

Survey: Most Americans Unfamiliar with Heart Rhythm Disorders and SCA

Washington, D.C. - According to a new survey issued by the Heart Rhythm Society, the majority of Americans are unaware of two serious and potentially life-threatening heart rhythm disorders: atrial fibrillation (AF) and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). In fact, only one in three Americans has ever heard of AF or recognize the number of lives claimed each year from SCA. Throughout February, Heart Health Month, the Heart Rhythm Society spotlights the need for public education on heart rhythm disorders affecting millions of people, and the specialists best suited to treat them – electrophysiologists.

Will Anti-Arryhthymic Drug Beat SCA?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States.  SCA kills 325,000 people every year, representing one death every two minutes. Almost all SCA victims die before they even reach a hospital. To identify a drug that paramedics can use in the field, UC San Diego Health System has opened a clinical trial to evaluate two medications to help restore the heart beat.

“Only five percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims survive their (heart attack),” said Daniel Davis, MD, UC San Diego Director of Resuscitation Science in the Department of Emergency Medicine. “For more than 30 years we’ve been looking for an anti-arrhythmic drug to treat ventricular tachycardia, or what we call shockable rhythm, but we have not found a drug that consistently improves patient outcomes. This clinical trial will help us determine if either the drugs amiodarone or lidocaine may help prevent death.”

Not Ready to Be With God

Mike Connolly, Vista, CA – 56 at time of event (2009)

name Breakfast was spoiled early one Saturday morning. Loris, Mike’s wife, heard a strange sound and came looking for Mike. She had been getting ready for work, and was surprised to see her husband unconscious in his lounge chair with a cereal bowl beside him. Mike was not breathing, but there was no way Loris could do anything about it—despite knowing CPR. He’s 6’8” and over 250lbs, she’s only 5’1” and l00lbs. She just couldn’t budge him off the chair!

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