Archive - Apr 2012

Archive - Apr 2012

April 18th

This is how it's supposed to work

Boy Goes Into Cardiac Arrest at Little League Game

An 11-year-old boy was revived after going into cardiac arrest after being hit by a pitch during a Monday night Little League game at Cook Park in Colonie, N.Y.
It was a balmy night in the Albany suburb. In the bottom of the first inning the little leaguer went up to bat. The ball struck him in the chest, causing him to collapse to the ground.

He had suffered from a condition called commotio cordis. It is incredibly rare, occurring only three to four times a year nationally [sic] and mostly in young boys while playing sports.

“It’s an agitation of the heart,” said Colonie EMS Chief Peter Berry. “It happens when a sports player suffers blunt force trauma. If it hits just right, it disrupts the heart’s electric signals and sends the child into cardiac arrest.”

The next few moments were full of fright for onlookers.

“It was scary for everyone involved,” said Frank Prevratil

April 15th

Fabrice Muamba Discharged from Hospital

LONDON (AP) Fabrice Muamba was discharged Monday from the hospital where the Bolton midfielder had been treated since collapsing from a cardiac arrest during a game less than a month ago.

Muamba had been in the London Chest Hospital since March 17. His heart stopped beating on its own for 78 minutes while doctors worked to resuscitate him and his prospects of survival were uncertain.

But Muamba recovered remarkably quickly, leaving his bed just nine days after collapsing.

''I am naturally very pleased to be discharged from hospital and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to every single member of the staff at The London Chest Hospital who have played a part in my care,'' Muamba said. ''Their dedication, professionalism and expertise is simply amazing and I will forever be in their debt. I also wish to say thank you to all the many well-wishers who have sent thousands of messages of support.

Italian Soccer Players Demand Defibrillators at Matches

ROME — The head of Italy's third and fourth division football leagues has threatened to call off matches this weekend unless teams guarantee that they have a defibrillator at their grounds.

Lega Pro president Francesco Ghirelli said he wants clubs to ensure they have the life-saving equipment, after the death last weekend of Livorno's Piermario Morosini, who collapsed during a division two match at Pescara.

"By Thursday we want a written confirmation from the club presidents that as agreed upon at the beginning of the season, there will be a defibrillator at the ground, otherwise there won't be any play on Sunday," Ghirelli said.

Automated external defibrillators (AED) can be crucial in helping to save people's lives by giving an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest.

Ely rugby player saved after bystander CPR

Ely rugby player saved after bystander CPR

Tuesday, 10 April 2012 14:52

Alan Turpie suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday afternoon whilst playing for Ely Tigers at Shelford. He was resuscitated on the pitch by team mates before paramedics arrived.

Gary Spitzer, of the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS), said: "I'd like to thank the patient's team-mates who gave us fantastic support at the scene. Their concern for their friend was clear and they helped us in every way they could."

The EEAS also said it had given instructions on how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to Turpie's team mates.

April 13th

Italian Soccer Player Dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Former Italy Under-21 midfielder Piermario Morosini died Saturday after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing on the pitch during his team Livorno's Serie B match at Pescara, Italy. He was 25.

Edoardo De Blasio, a cardiologist at Pescara's Santo Spirito hospital, confirmed Morosini's death, saying "unfortunately he was already dead when he arrived at hospital. He didn't regain consciousness."

April 5th

SCA Foundation Announces Opening of Metro DC Affiliate

WASHINGTON, DC - The Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is proud to announce the opening of an affiliate that will encompass the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Maryland.

The Metro DC Affiliate of the SCA Foundation is headquartered in Alexandria, VA. The new Metro DC Affiliate will focus on raising awareness, enhancing the SCA Survivor Network, and continuing to spread the word about the importance of early CPR and easy access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

April 4th

Take a Step UP for Survival

Lead author, Dana P. Edelson, MD, is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

NEW YORK - Amid all the technology used in hospitals to keep critically ill people alive, doctors are looking at whether the low-tech step stool can make a meaningful difference.

100 AEDs To Be Donated to Worthy Causes and Organizations

Brentwood, TN--In 2012, will be giving away 100 AEDs to worthy causes and organizations. Why? To raise awareness of the need for AEDs (automated external defibrillators) anywhere and everywhere sudden cardiac arrest can potentially strike. Unfortunately, that indeed means everywhere: home, work, on the road, public events, etc. If you happen to find yourself in a hospital or fire house, you can rest assured that someone will be there with the appropriate equipment to help you. Anywhere else and it’s a roll of the dice. After five minutes without treatment from an AED, a victim's chances of survival and recovery are dramatically reduced. At the ten-minute mark, hope is lost.

April 3rd

New Law Highlights Need to Use AEDs When Indicated

Andrew Roszak, JD, MPA, EMT-P, a nationally recognized expert on AED law and a member of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Advisory Board, highlights an important development in his article, "If an AED is legislatively mandated, is there a duty to use it?"

He describes a new law which is the first to impose an affirmative duty on AED owners.

"Entities with AEDs should be aware of this development in AED law," says Roszak. "AEDs should be utilized in any situation in which they are indicated. Otherwise, the responder or business may end up having to defend a lawsuit and explain why the device was not used."

Read more here.


If an AED Is Legislatively Mandated, Is There a Duty to Use It?

Automated External Defibrillators – A Duty to Use

If an AED is legislatively mandated, is there also a duty to use it?

A fitness-club patron is playing racquetball at a local gym. Suddenly, he collapses on the court. The front desk calls 9-1-1 and a trainer begins to assess the collapsed patron’s condition. As part of the assessment, is the trainer under a duty to use an AED on the patron?

Historically, courts have been reluctant to impose a duty to aid a person in peril.

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