Archive - Jul 13, 2012

Archive - Jul 13, 2012

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My family all know what to do when they witness a sudden cardiac arrest: if the victim is non-responsive and not breathing normally, they call 911, they get the victim on a hard, flat surface with the head tilted back, and they begin compressing the chest at least two inches deep at a rate between 100 and 120 compressions per minute, and they defibrillate the victim promptly if there is an AED available and immediately resume compressions. If there is no AED available, they don't stop compressions until someone else takes over.

But there's a problem with this: if they perform chest compressions the way they would be taught in an AHA or ARC or just about any other course, they won't be able to sustain the target compression rate and depth until the ambulance gets there. Most people cannot provide adequate chest compressions for three minutes. The longest I've seen is an Army Ranger Medic who lasted a little more than nine minutes.

Green Mile Actor Suffers Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Michael Clarke Duncan is in the intensive care unit at an L.A. hospital after going into cardiac arrest this morning ... and might have died if not for the swift action of his girlfriend Omarosa Manigault. 

Manigault discovered the "Green Mile" actor in a state of cardiac arrest just before 2:00 AM. 

She performed CPR and was able to resuscitate the 54-year-old. 

Duncan was transported to a nearby hospital where he was immediately admitted to the ICU. 

His heart rate is now stable and Manigault is by his side. Doctors are performing tests to figure out why the actor's heart stopped in the first place. 

"According to doctors, Michael Clarke Duncan is now stable and we look forward to his full recovery."


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