Archive - Oct 11, 2013

Archive - Oct 11, 2013

Parkview Heart Institute has first subcutaneous implantable defibrillator in Indiana

Parkview Heart Institute announced it was the first hospital in Indiana to implant the new Boston Scientific S-ICD® System, the world's first and only commercially available subcutaneous implantable defibrillator.
The recently FDA-approved device establishes a new category of protection for patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest. Parkview Heart Institute is the only site currently performing this procedure in the state because the Parkview Research Center was the only Indiana research facility approved to participate in the clinical research trials.
Drs. Michael J. Mirro and David E. Schleinkofer, both with Parkview Physicians Group – Cardiology, performed the procedure.

Harrison Co. schools want defibrillators in all gyms, stadiums

A near tragedy earlier this week has strengthened Harrison County School District officials' belief in the importance of having defibrillators close at hand. Athletic Director Michael Gavin said football player Tyler Free remains in hospitalized in Jackson as doctors try to figure out why the ninth grader collapsed during a junior varsity game in D'Iberville.

After the 15-year-old Ocean Springs player fell out, Harrison County's athletic trainer Keith Ganey ran to the young man's side.

"I saw an Ocean Springs athlete collapse to the field face first," said Ganey. "His breathing was compromised at that time and then there was no pulse."

While some coaches ran to dial 911, other coaches ran to the field house to get the automated electronic defibrillator.

"We started chest compressions, and by the time we got about 20 compressions, the AED was out there," said Ganey. "I think that was the key thing on saving this kid's life."

Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society Supports SB 606

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society supports SB 606 and calls for legislators to support this piece of legislation. The goal of this piece of legislation is to ensure that every public school in Pennsylvania has an automated external defibrillator that is up to date and ready to use.

HARRISBURG, PA--October is recognized as "National Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania as well as across the country. SB 606, cosponsored by Senators Dinniman (D-Chester) and Rafferty (R-Montgomery), would help to ensure that every public school in Pennsylvania has an automated external defibrillator (AED) that is up to date and ready to use. The bill would amend the Public School Code to require the Pennsylvania Department of Education begin a grant program for schools to purchase automated electronic defibrillators (AEDs) beginning in FY 2013-2014.

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