Archive - Oct 2013

Archive - Oct 2013

October 3rd

Kansas Football Recruit Dies from Stroke

Kansas football recruit Andre Maloney has died after suffering a stroke during a game Thursday night.

Maloney, a senior receiver at Overland Park (Kan.) Shawnee Mission West High School, was transported by ambulance from Shawnee Mission South District Stadium to Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Friday evening, the hospital told the Shawnee Mission School District that Maloney had died.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Andre's family, teammates, coaches, fellow students, and the SM West staff during this difficult time," district spokesperson Leigh Anne Neal said in a statement. "The tremendous outpouring of concern expressed today by the our community has been greatly appreciated. We will continue to honor the family's request this time to respect their privacy."

Sen. Dinniman Holds Press Conference to Promote AEDs in Pennsylvania Schools

HARRISBURG, PA-- State Senator Andy Dinniman held a press conference on October 1 in the Main Capitol Building Rotunda to urge passage of Senate Bill 606, his bill to  help ensure that every public school in Pennsylvania has an automated external defibrillator (AED) that is up to date and ready to use.

The Day of Giving is Here. Please Donate Before Midnight.

Experts agreeExperts everywhere agree: There is no better time to give to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation than today, October 3rd from now till 11:59 pm. The Day of Giving is an annual event when The Pittsburgh Foundation matches a portion of all donations made to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.
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October 2nd

My Heart Map Seattle Challenge Enlists Public to Find City's Lifesaving Devices

SEATTLE, WA--Seattleites can join in a life-saving scavenger hunt. Players will compete to identify and report the locations of Seattle’s automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, for a cash reward. Prizes range from $50 to $10,000.

AEDs are electronic briefcase-size devices designed to allow bystanders on scene at a medical emergency to help someone who has collapsed with loss of mechanical activity of the heart, or cardiac arrest.

“Our list of AED locations may be incomplete. We are seeking the public’s help to learn where more of these devices are,” said Dr. Graham Nichol, University of Washington professor of medicine in the Center for Pre-Hospital Emergency Care at UW Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center.

September 30th

Study Finds Increase in Survival Following Bystander CPR for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

In Denmark between 2001 and 2010 there was an increase in bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that was associated with an increase in survival following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to a study in the October 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest affects approximately 300,000 individuals in North America annually. “Despite efforts to improve prognosis, survival remains low, with aggregated survival-to-discharge rates less than 8 percent.  In many cases, time from recognition of cardiac arrest to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS) is long, leaving bystanders in a critical position to potentially influence patient prognosis through intervention before EMS arrival. However, only a minority of cardiac arrests receive bystander CPR,” according to background information in the article.

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