Archive - May 2012

Archive - May 2012

May 4th

NJ Bills Mandate Better Cardiac Screening for Student Athletes

State Sen. Fred Madden (D-Gloucester, Camden) on Thursday introduced three bills implementing the recommendations of the New Jersey Student Athlete Cardiac Screening Task Force, which issued a report last month advocating better cardiac screening of student athletes to prevent sudden death from undiagnosed heart conditions.

The task force did not recommend that all student athletes get an EKG, but advocated gathering a complete, accurate family history to identify student athletes at risk from hereditary cardiac conditions. It also endorsed better training for clinicians so they can identify heart problems during a sports physical.

May 3rd

It works, folks, You need to have an AED nearby. My wife and I have one at home and travel with it.

Retired firefighters use AED to save golfer
By GEORGIA ZERMENO, Reporter, The Friday Flyer

"It was about 4:15 or 4:30 p.m.," says Liz Hefferon. "I was picking my husband up after he completed a game of golf, and we went into the clubhouse for a drink – that's when it happened."

A moment that changed some lives, a moment that saved another's life.

According to Golf Course employee Ian Nelson, he was working the desk when someone opened the door and yelled, "Call 911, we have someone down on the 18th hole!"

Ian immediately called 911 and gave them the location, had someone watch the desk and headed out to see how he could help.

Ian says what he witnessed was amazing. "They were doing CPR, then they did the defibrillator. The guy was blue, lifeless, and then suddenly he took a gasp of air. They saved his life."

Will High Profile Cases of SCA Suffered by Athletes Help Raise Awareness?

Fabrice Muamba, 23, a British soccer player, suffered sudden cardiac arrest on March 17, and was clinically dead for 78 minutes before being resuscitated. He has since recovered and was discharged from the hospital on April 16. Whether or not he will continue as a footballer has yet to be decided. For now, he wants to spend precious time with his family.

Piermario MorosiniOn April 14, Italian soccer player Piermario Morosini, 25, suffered SCA during a match. Unfortunately, he could not be resuscitated.

Australia Steps Up Heart Checks of Its Olympians

The Australian Olympic Committee has instituted enhanced heart checks of its London-bound team after the death of Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen this week and two recent on-field collapses in European soccer.

Dr. Peter Baquie, the Australian Olympic team's medical director, said more than two-thirds of the expected 400-strong squad had undergone extensive cardiovascular screening, including electrocardiograms ahead of the games.

Baquie said similar family history checks and other routine exams were done ahead of the 2008 Beijing Games, but EKGs were not conducted.

New Jersey Passes Good Samaritan Law

Gov. Chris Christie signed a Good Samaritan Bill into law Thursday morning, two months after the bill was passed by the State Senate by a vote of 37-1 and passed the Assembly unanimously 75-0.

The Good Samaritan Law absolves those trying to help save a life of responsibility if they cause injury while attempting to give aid. Until now, this protection did not extend to a person owning or using an automated external defibrillator (AED) during a cardiac arrest.

An AED is a portable device that is used to restore heart rhythms to patients in cardiac arrest. It automatically analyzes the heart rhythm of the patient and advises the user whether or not a defibrillator is needed to return the patient to a normal heart beat.

New Jersey is now the 44th state to pass a Good Samaritan law.

Aircraft Diverted As Crew Gives Passenger CPR

A Delta Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N1608 performing flight DL-80 from Atlanta,GA (USA) to Brussels (Belgium) with 160 people on board, was enroute over the Atlantic Ocean about 300nm off the coast of Ireland when a female diabetic passenger, 64, collapsed prompting the cabin crew to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while the flight crew diverted the aircraft to Shannon. On the way, the flight crew reported the patient temporarily had no blood pressure and no pulse, but following CPR regained a pulse and was responsive again. The aircraft landed safely at Shannon Airport about 50 minutes later and the patient was taken to a hospital.

The aircraft reached Brussels with a delay of 2.5 hours.

SOURCE: The Aviation Herald

May 2nd

Minnesota High Schools Will Be Required to Provide CPR-AED Training

Minnesota high schools will be required to provide CPR training, starting in 2014.

The law, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton on April 23, would require all school districts to provide training of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator instruction as part of the curriculum in grades 7-12. Students will receive hands-on training at least once before they graduate.

The previous version of the law only encouraged schools to provide training. Students won’t be required to be CPR-certified under the bill, however.

Justin Bell, government relations director for the American Heart Association in Minnesota, said the organization had been one of the largest supporters of the bill.

“We think it’s a fantastic bill,” he said.

May 1st

Stun Guns Can Trigger Sudden Cardiac Arrest

INDIANAPOLIS -- A review of case reports published April 30 in the journal Circulation indicates that being shocked in the chest with an electronic control device or stun gun can result in sudden cardiac arrest.

The article is reportedly the first one published in a peer-reviewed medical journal citing the connection.

“Law enforcement and other individuals using a stun gun need to be aware that cardiac arrest can occur, however infrequently, and therefore it should be used judiciously, and an unconscious individual should be monitored closely and resuscitated if necessary,” said study author Douglas P. Zipes, MD, Distinguished Professor and director emeritus of the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

FDA Votes in Favor of Use of Subcutaneous ICD in Appropriate Patient Populations

The FDA Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee voted 7-1 that the benefits of Cameron Health’s subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator outweigh the risks when used in the appropriate patient population.

In a 7-1 vote, panel members deemed the device effective and unanimously agreed that it is safe in patients for whom the device is indicated.

“The operational word here is reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness,”John C. Somberg, MD, of the Rush University Medical Center, said. “We have an expedited review and a small patient population that I believe is reasonable.”

However, David Milan, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, said it is important to balance the enthusiasm for a new technology with caution to ensure that standards for efficacy remain high.

World Champion Swimmer, 26, Dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Alexander Dale Oen, a world champion swimmer who was one of Norway's top medal hopes for the London Olympics, died during a training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona. He was 26.

The president of the Norwegian swimming federation, Per Rune Eknes, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that Dale Oen died after suffering a cardiac arrest.

In a statement, the federation said the 100-meter breaststroke world champion was found collapsed on the floor of his bathroom late Monday. He was taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

"We're all in shock," Norway Coach Petter Loevberg said. "This is an out-of-the-body experience for the whole team over here. Our thoughts primarily go to his family who have lost Alexander way too early."

Hospital spokeswoman Starla Collins confirmed the death, but did not provide further details.

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