Archive - May 2012

Archive - May 2012

April 30th

City of Billings Sued for Lack of Response and AED in Case of Sudden Death of Swimmer at Community Pool

BILLINGS, MT--The family of a Billings man who died of a heart attack during an outing at Rose Park pool is suing the city of Billings for failing to provide for the safety of pool users.

Bart Bieber, then 41, died on July 24, 2011, during a visit to the pool with his wife, Therese, and their three minor children. The lawsuit was filed April 12 by Billings attorney John Heenan on behalf of Therese Bieber and her children.

The suit says Bart Bieber was in good physical shape and had never suffered heart trauma, but when he emerged from the Rose Park pool on July 24, “he was in sudden ventricular fibrillation.”

An off-duty firefighter and Therese Bieber, who is a nurse at Billings Clinic, began administering CPR to Bieber, the suit says, but no lifeguard or other pool employee called 911 to ask for medical assistance.

Most ICD Patients Die of Heart Failure

Patients with implantable defibrillators (ICDs) or resynchronization devices with defibrillator (CRT-Ds) were most likely to die of heart failure or noncardiac causes, not sudden death, a single-center study found.

Of the 2,859 patients included in the analysis, the 8-year cumulative incidence for heart failure death was 8.6% among patients with an ICD for primary prevention and 9.6% among secondary prevention ICD patients, and 22.6% for those with a CRT-D (log rankP<0.001), reported Martin J. Schalij, MD, PhD, and colleagues from Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands.

Conversely, the 8-year cumulative incidence of sudden death was 2.1% and 3.2% in the primary and secondary prevention ICD patients, and 3.6% in those with a CRT-D (log rank P=0.026), according to the study published online in the journal HeartRhythm.

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