Archive - Oct 2013

Archive - Oct 2013

October 12th

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Oscar Hijuelos Dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Oscar HijuelosOscar Hijuelos, a Cuban-American novelist who wrote about the lives of immigrants adapting to a new culture and became the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his 1989 book, “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love,” died on Saturday in Manhattan. He was 62.

Mr. Hijuelos collapsed on a tennis court and never regained consciousness, his wife, Lori Marie Carlson, said.

A New Yorker by birth, education and residence, Mr. Hijuelos (pronounced ee-HWAY-los) was said to have been more American-Cuban than Cuban-American.

October 11th

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.

October 9th

Family Hopes Their Tragedy Helps Others

EDMONDS, WA--It was just like any other morning when Jerry Truax made breakfast for his 16-year-old son Matthew in their Edmonds home September 13, 2013.

"I kidded him about whether he'd asked anybody out for the homecoming dance yet. He hadn't. I said, 'Well, you better get on it. it's coming up.'" Little did he know it would be the last time he'd ever see his son alive again.

Several hours later, Jerry got a call that's every parent's nightmare.

"There was a lot of noise and confusion in the background and I heard CPR. And the lady in the office said they were giving him CPR and I knew then he was in trouble."

October 8th

Medical field responds to high school football player deaths

Moving swiftly and efficiently is key to dealing with catastrophic injury, head trauma and cardiac arrest, say medical experts.

Speed and quickness are a vital part of all sports — particularly in football.

In light of a recent rash of death on high school gridirons throughout the land, parents, coaches and medical professionals need to move faster, say sports medicine professionals.

"I think that we're getting better in terms of getting information out and awareness," said Jonathan Drezner, a past president for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and current team physician for the Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington. "But when we continue to lose life, we can't move fast enough."

On Sunday, South Harrison (Lost Creek, W. Va.) senior Dylan Jeffries, 17, died after collapsing during a Sept. 27 game and being placed in a medically induced coma due to a blood clot on his brain. Surgery to remove the blood clot did not work.

'Hands-Only' CPR Taught at SRVHS Game

If you saw a tent dedicated to teaching 'hands-only' CPR at the San Ramon Valley High football games this week, it was in honor of the National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month.
The HeartSafe Committee taught hands-only CPR and the proper use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) during half-time of the junior varsity game through half-time of the varsity game inside the San Ramon Valley High School Stadium.

The CPR tent was set up near the field, so all fans had the opportunity to learn how to save a life.

“CPR is something everyone should learn, like riding a bike or learning to swim,” said Joe Farrell, San Ramon Valley HeartSafe Committee member and sudden cardiac arrest survivor.

“I was fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time to save someone using CPR and then just a year later to have someone else use their knowledge of CPR to save me.”

October 7th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Participates in Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair, Hosted by University of Pittsburgh

Nick Gerstel demonstrates CPRPITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation participated yesterday in the fifth annual Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair and Fan Fest, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Basketball. The community health fair is held in honor of the late Maggie Dixon, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon's younger sister, who was the head coach of the Army Black Knights women's basketball team.

October 6th

Dinniman Leads Call for AEDs in Pennsylvania Schools

Steve and Christy Silva, Senator Andy DinnimanMore than 50 activists, families and residents from throughout the Commonwealth joined Dinniman on Tuesday, October 1 in calling for the passage of Senate Bill 606, legislation that would help ensure that every public school in Pennsylvania has an automated external defibrillator (AED) that is up to date and ready to use.

The press conference was part of a day of legislative action as October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.

October 4th

Bystander's Heroic Actions Mean the Difference Between Life and Death for Young Victim, Reports Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

PITTSBURGH, PA--Sue Hostler arrived at the Philadelphia International Airport in late August to catch a flight home to Pittsburgh, PA. A frequent business traveler, she knew her way around the airport and ran to get on an elevator in a remote area used for commuter flights. A young man entered the elevator before her, but the doors closed before she could join him. When she hit the “up” button and the doors reopened, she was stunned by what she saw. There he was, face down, not moving, an apparent victim of sudden cardiac arrest.

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