Archive - Mar 2012

Archive - Mar 2012

March 19th

When you get someone back, keep them on their back until the ambulance arrives. **

Man Dies During Flag Football Game at W-L High School


A 22-year-old man died Saturday after collapsing while playing football at Washington-Lee High School.

The man collapsed at about 5:40 p.m. during a flag football game. Police say witnesses immediately began treating the man, who briefly regained consciousness, but he was later pronounced dead in a local hospital.

“He was able to stand up and ask ‘what was happening’ before collapsing again,” said Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. “Witnesses on scene, including an ACPD officer and a nurse, were able to immediately begin CPR until medics arrived.”

So far, police have not confirmed the man’s identity, but friends of the victim have taken to Twitter to help mourn his passing.

** unless the victim is vomiting, in which case you need to roll them to their left side, just far enough so that it's easier to manage the airway.

UK Soccer Player Survives Sudden Death, Shows Signs of Improvement

Teammates and Opponents Request Heart Screens 

March 16th

Resuscitation Skills Among Doctors and Nurses Fade Quickly If Unused


How many times do we have to see this before half of us get trained?

Lightning hits softball player, eyewitness runs to do CPR on her

Posted: Mar 16, 2012 4:29 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 16, 2012 5:07 PM EDT
By Valerie Chin

Seymour, IN (WDRB) -- A Seymour High School student is struck by lightning during softball practice, but the quick action by a chiropractor helped save her life.

Chiropractor Dr. Levi Nehrt was working with a patient and happened to look outside the window when he saw softball player 14-year-old Emily Bobb get hit by lightning.

He says, "I saw a flash of light.. blinding, the flash of white. After that, I saw her go straight to the ground. It takes you a couple seconds to realize what you saw."

He then ran across the street to the softball field, scaled a fence, and got to Emily who was laying on the ground not breathing. Her shoes and socks he said were shredded from the lightning, showing just how powerful it was. He performed CPR on her until paramedics arrived.

March 15th

SCA Survivor and Spouse Teach CPR/AED-Use in Wayne County, Iowa, Schools

Morman Trail High School

HUMESTON, IA - Beginning this school year, students in Iowa’s public and private schools must take a class in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as a requirement to graduate.

Members of the Class of 2012 at Wayne County’s three high schools, Mormon Trail, Seymour, and Wayne Community, have met that requirement. They took the American Heart Association (AHA) Heartsaver AED class which involves adult, child, and infant CPR, the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and how to help a victim who is choking. The students practiced along with a video and at the end of the class had to show proficiency in CPR and the use of an AED. All successful students were then issued certification cards by the AHA. Several staff members at the schools were also certified earlier in the year during in-service days.

March 13th

Looking for a Job? Learn CPR

Looking for a job? Learn CPR.

According to a recent analysis of 650 million online job advertisements in the media, staffing, government and corporate HR sectors, the top 10 certifications employers are currently demanding include:

SCA Foundation, Other Members of the SCA Coalition Endorse the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) today announced that 20 heart advocacy organizations affiliated with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition, including the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, have endorsed his legislation, H.R. 3511, the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act.

Olson's bill will help increase the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) through development of a nationally uniform baseline of protection for persons who use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) in an attempt to save a life.

Maybe he should ask his cardiologist about implanted cardio defibrillators?

Wife's Knowledge of CPR Helps Save Her Husband a Second Time

By Andrew Meacham
Tampa Bay Times
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.

Barbara Sweda knew something was wrong with her husband Saturday morning.

Gerald Sweda, 69, had just returned to their car from downtown's Saturday market.

Then he went silent, wouldn't answer his wife's questions and started breathing roughly.

A retired nurse who had worked in coronary care, Barbara Sweda, 63, knew she had little time to act.

Her husband was having a heart attack.

This wasn't the first time she had seen that look in her husband's face.

One evening in 2005, Gerald Sweda slumped to the floor of their condo as his wife cleaned up from dinner.

She gave him CPR. He woke up before help arrived. He lived.

Now it was happening again.

March 12th

Urge Your Legislators to Support the Rural and Community AED Program

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a member of the American Heart Association's Ad Hoc Coalition to Save Lives through Access to Public Defibrillation, has endorsed an appeal from the Coalition seeking funding for the Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices program. The President, however, has proposed eliminating funding for the program. Last year, Congress saved the program and they can do it again, but they need to hear from you today. Here is the Coalition's request:

Ask Members of Congress to reject the President’s proposal.

The Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program provides grants that allow states to purchase AEDs, train lay rescuers and first responders in their use, and place them where sudden cardiac arrest is most likely to occur.

March 11th

Family Trees Can Reveal SCA Risk

By reconstructing family trees dating back to 1811, researchers identified age ranges during which risk for mortality is highest in those with untreated arrhythmia disorders.

In recent years, researchers have discovered the molecular genetic substrate of various inherited arrhythmia disorders, which allows the identification of mutation carriers before they develop symptoms. Nevertheless, a number of questions remain, especially regarding whether all asymptomatic carriers of disease-causing genes should be treated, at what age should treatment be initiated and from what age onward can treatment be safely withheld in asymptomatic patients.

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