Archive - Oct 23, 2013

Archive - Oct 23, 2013

Rochester, MN, Achieves 58% Survival Rate Thanks to Police AED Program

ROCHESTER, MN--Just about all of us have lost a friend or loved one to (cardiac arrest).

Now a certain U.S. city has developed a rapid action plan to save lives when the human heart goes into crisis and they are encouraging other cities to do the same.

When a late spring snowstorm hit Minnesota in May, 72-year-old Army Veteran Ron Kath went out to shovel his driveway like he always does, but this time he collapsed.

Ron suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and almost died.

Police got to him first.

Ron’s wife Paula said the police knew just what to do even before paramedics arrived.

They used a defibrillator to shock him back to life.

How Sweden’s New Text Message Plan Is Saving Cardiac Arrest Victims

By using text messages, the city of Stockholm, Sweden is getting emergency responders to cardiac arrest victims faster.

Here’s how it works. Volunteers who are trained in CPR are added to a network called SMSlivräddare, (or SMSLifesaver). When a resident dials 112 (the equivalent of 911 in the states), a text message is sent to all CPR volunteers who are within 500 meters of the person needing emergency care. This way, a volunteer may get to the patient faster than an ambulance.

The likelihood of survival from cardiac arrest drops 10% for every minute it takes first responders to arrive. CPR administered by bystanders has been found to significantly increase the likelihood of survival, but not everyone feels comfortable doing it, or even knows how.

The Importance of Taking Immediate Action, Critical Minutes Outside 10 Minutes Outside the Los Angeles Airport

VANCOUVER ACTOR SONJA Bennett has prepared for a lot of roles over the years, but she admits that she wasn’t ready for one she took on in a harrowing real-life drama.

On March 18, Bennett had just gotten off a plane in Los Angeles with a long-time friend and collaborator, local film producer Kevin Eastwood. (Author’s note: Eastwood is my brother-in-law.) The two were headed to meetings for a movie script she has written called Preggoland. After taking a shuttle from the airport to the nearby car-rental hub, they had just started walking from one kiosk to another when things took a drastic turn.

“Kevin clutched his heart and took two sharp inhalations and then just fell forward onto the cement,” Bennett says during an interview in a Commercial Drive coffee shop. “I didn’t spend very long asking, ‘Are you okay?’ Once he didn’t respond, I called 911 right away.”

The Janet Fund, Remembering Warren Girl, to Donate AEDs to NJ Schools

This month, in recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and in support of Janet’s Law, The Janet Fund in Martinsville — started by the Zilinski family of Warren in memory of their daughter — will be donating 20 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to New Jersey schools.

Janet’s Law was signed by Governor Christie on September 21, 2012. The law goes into effect on September 1, 2014 and requires all New Jersey public and private schools to have an AED available in an unlocked, accessible location within close proximity to the gymnasium or athletic field, five trained responders, signs providing direction to the location of the AED and the establishment of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest emergency action plan.

The Janet Fund to Donate AEDs to NJ Schools

AEDMARTINSVILLE, NJ--This month, in recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and in support of Janet’s Law, The Janet Fund in Martinsville — started by the Zilinski family of Warren in memory of their daughter — will be donating 20 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to New Jersey schools. 

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