Archive - Jan 2013

Archive - Jan 2013

January 30th

Virginia House Committee Approves School CPR Bill

RICHMOND--Gwyneth Griffin collapsed on her middle school track after a congenital heart defect caused her to go into cardiac arrest, her mother, Jennifer Griffin, told the House Education Committee this morning.

Through tears, Griffin described how her 13-year-old daughter may have survived had she received CPR sooner. But by the time her father, who just happened to be at her Stafford school that day, got there, her brain had been without enough oxygen too long.

Ever since the incident last summer, the Griffins have been pushing for passage of “Gwyneth’s Law” requiring CPR training for bus drivers, teachers and students and placement of an automated external defibrillator in every school.

A Save on the Slopes

ATTITASH, NH – On Sunday, December 30, 2012, Brad Boehringer decided to go skiing at the Attitash Mountain Resort to celebrate the end of a great year. Boehringer is an avid skier and enjoys hitting the slopes when he has time off from his job as a flight nurse. He is also a member of the local rescue squad and as such is always sure to call his friends on the ambulance when he goes out on the slopes in case any extra help is ever needed. Little did he know that his phone would be ringing just seconds later.

January 28th

University of New Hampshire Student Survives Cardiac Arrest

DURHAM — A University of New Hampshire student's life was saved Saturday evening when trained staff at the Hamel Rec Center and emergency response personnel were able to revive him after he went into cardiac arrest.

January 27th

Most ICD Patients Prefer Device Deactivation If Very Ill

NEW HAVEN, CT--ore than two-thirds of patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) would want their device turned off under some circumstances, such as permanently impaired memory or having an incurable disease, suggests a survey analysis published online today in JAMA Internal Medicine [1].

A surprising number of the survey's respondents had a poor grasp of their device's potential benefits or its potential downsides, note the authors, led by Dr. John A Dodson (Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT).

January 24th

South Carolina Bills Would Require CPR Training by High School Graduation

CHARLESTON, SC--Two bills introduced to the state legislature aim to save lives in South Carolina by requiring that high school students learn Hands-Only CPR before they graduate.

The bills would require the addition of the training to the health education curriculum in high schools, according to a news release from the American Heart Association. Hands-Only CPR is used in response to a sudden cardiac arrest, and the AHA estimates that when given right away, it can double or triple survival rates.

"This legislation ensures a future of citizenry with the confidence necessary to assist in life-threatening events. Confidence gained through CPR training, which empowers action. Action that can save lives," said Senator Malloy, who co-sponsored the bills with Ray Cleary in the state senate. "Sudden cardiac arrest has no prejudice. It can happen to anyone, at any time."

January 23rd

External Defibrillator Jumpstarts Patient's Heart

NASHVILLE--Typically, when a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest while asleep, the chance of survival is poor.

But when Barbara Campbell’s heart stopped working at 4:30 a.m. while she slept, the LifeVest external defibrillator she wore to bed that night did its job, restoring her heart rhythm and saving her life.

The 67-year-old Lewisburg, Tenn., grandmother has been a patient of cardiologist John McPherson, M.D., for several years. McPherson diagnosed her blocked left coronary artery.

“We found that her coronary arteries had severe narrowing, severe blockages. We were able to open those up and restore normal blood flow to her heart by putting in multiple stents,” McPherson said.

Despite placing the stents, Campbell needed a backup power source for her weakened heart muscle. McPherson prescribed a new, wearable defibrillator called a LifeVest, by Zoll.

January 22nd

Longer CPR Improves Survival in Children and Adults

Experts from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia were among the leaders of two large national studies showing that extending CPR longer than previously thought useful saves lives in both children and adults. The research teams analyzed impact of duration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in patients who suffered cardiac arrest while hospitalized.

“These findings about the duration of CPR are game-changing, and we hope these results will rapidly affect hospital practice,” said Robert A. Berg, M.D., chief of Critical Care Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Berg is the chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the American Heart Association’s Get With Guidelines-Resuscitation program (GWTG-R). That quality improvement program is the only national registry that tracks and analyzes resuscitation of patients after in-hospital cardiac arrests.

High School Honors Teen's Rescuers

LANSING, Mich.--Sixteen-year-old Chris Fowler knows an automated external defibrillator, or AED, saved his life, but he didn't realize how many people did, too.

Diamond Resorts International Requires CPR-AED Training for Team Members

Las Vegas, NV--Diamond Resorts International®, a global leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, has instituted a new precautionary safety strategy that requires worldwide team members to be cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certified and trained in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) in order to respond appropriately in the case of a medical emergency.

Could AED Have Saved College Athlete at Health Club?

MACOMB TWP., Mich.-- Those who responded first when a Wayne State football player collapsed while training are asking if more could’ve been done to save the athlete’s life.

Serxho Guraleci was working out at the Premier Training Center in Macomb Township Monday morning. After lifting weights, he continued to do a running exercise. Guraleci bent down during the exercise and collapsed.

“I looked over there and saw that one of them was down,” said Jeffrey Longo. Longo is a police officer who was off-duty when Guraleci collapsed. He ran over to assist another witness, who happened to be a nurse.

“When one of the owners came over, I asked if there was an AED, and he said no,” said Longo. By law, health clubs are required to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) on site.

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