Archive - Jun 25, 2012

Archive - Jun 25, 2012

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Tool Predicts Brain Health in Cardiac Arrest Survivors

After suffering cardiac arrest, survivors don't always maintain full brain functioning. A simple bedside tool helps predict whether patients are likely to experience favorable neurological outcomes.

The large cohort study determined that factors including age and length of required resuscitation can successfully predict the probability of a favorable neurological outcome.

Paul S. Chan, MD, MSc, lead author and a cardiologist with Saint Luke's Medical System, found that the tool was accurate in assessing patients who had been resuscitated following in-hospital cardiac arrest.

During the study investigators reviewed the records of 42,957 cardiac arrest patients through the American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines registry. The program was initiated to monitor and improve care related to heart failure, stroke and resuscitation.

NJ Senate Passes “Janet’s Law” Requiring AEDs at School Sports Events

The New Jersey Senate has approved “Janet’s Law” sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) to prevent student-athlete deaths due to cardiac arrest.

This initiative, introduced four years ago by Singer in the memory of Janet Zilinski, requires public and private schools to have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on school grounds with trained operators at sports events.

“Janet’s Law is a long time coming and a relatively small requirement for New Jersey’s schools to prevent tragic deaths,” said Singer, R-Monmouth, Ocean. “While we continue to hope such tragedies are rare, as in Janet’s case, the unpredictable can strike at any moment like during a jog at cheerleading practice. Swift access to AEDs can mean the difference between life and death.”

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