Archive - Mar 2013

Archive - Mar 2013

March 30th

Substitute Soccer Player Saves Teammate's Life

BALTIMORE--Annapolis resident Mike Greenhill is one of those rare guys who, even after he turned 50, could effortlessly sprint up and down a soccer field like he did as a much younger man. Until one evening last year, the 53-year-old took this ability for granted. Now, as Greenhill prepares to return to the game after an 11-month hiatus, he's happy to be alive. For this, he thanks a young woman whom he calls "his angel."

Last April Stephanie Andrews, a 22-year-old Howard County firefighter and emergency medical technician from Sykesville, agreed to play a soccer game on her friends' co-ed team because it was short a few players. It happened to be the same team for which Greenhill played. On game day, Andrews did far more than serve as a substitute player.

March 29th

AliveCor competitor gets OTC clearance from FDA

A new ECG device for the iPhone 4s called ECG Check received over-the-counter clearance from the FDA last month. The device, which would be the first product from Park City, Utah-based Cardiac Designs, appears very similar to the AliveCor Heart Monitor, which is currently only cleared for prescription use. The device was submitted to the FDA July 23, 2012, one week before AliveCor’s July 30 submission.

Cardiac Designs is an apparent newcomer whose website has been registered since 2011 to N88 Consulting, a company run by Karim Marrouche. According to the FDA documents, Marrouche is the Managing Director of Cardiac Designs. The company’s website describes the ECG Check as coming soon, and says that it will be available for the iPhone 5 as well as the 4S, although the FDA filing mentions only the 4S. (AliveCor is presently only cleared for the iPhone 4 and 4S.) Marrouche was unable to field an interview before deadline.

March 27th

Camp Del Corazon 10th Annual Gala del Sol

Camp Del Corazon is holding their 10th Annual Gala del Sol to honor Dr. Dan Levi & Joel McHale.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hosted by Tom Arnold!

6:00pm: Hosted Cocktails & Silent Auction
Featuring music by Uke Box Heroes

8:00pm: Dinner and Program
Featuring music by Munkafust and other special guests

For the upcoming 10th Anniversary of our Gala del Sol, we are moving the event to the world famous Hollywood and Highland in the Ray Dolby Ballroom!

Costa Mesa to honor bystanders who revived man in cardiac arrest


COSTA MESA – Two employees and a member of a 24 Hour Fitness at The Triangle are slated to be honored by city officials for their role in resuscitating a 67-year-old man who'd gone into cardiac arrest at the gym.

Employees Josh Graves and Isaiah Nixon, and Rick Palombo, a regular at the Costa Mesa club, performed CPR for almost three minutes until paramedics came, club employees said.

24 Hour Fitness at The Triangle in Costa Mesa.

Costa Mesa fire Battalion Chief Fred Seguin said the two-minute, 44-second paramedic response time to the emergency call was unusually good – Fire Station 3 is down the street from the Triangle – but regardless of response time, it's critical that bystanders perform CPR on people who go into cardiac arrest.

"The longer you go without oxygenated blood going through you, your chances decrease," he said.

March 26th

PVPA Receives $31,000 Grant to Teach Students How to Save Lives

SOUTH HADLEY, MA – Over 300,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest every year. It affects people of all ages, gender and race. It can happen anywhere to anyone - in a classroom, on an athletic field or in a public space. By having an automated external defibrillator, or AED, and CPR training hundreds of lives can be saved. Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) has been awarded a $31,000 grant from the Public Access Defibrillator Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts to provide CPR/AED training to faculty, staff and students. 

Bill Would Fund CPR/AED Training in ND Schools

BISMARCK, ND--The goal is for all high school graduates in North Dakota to have a life-saving skill on their resumes. A bill that would fund CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) training in schools is now under consideration by the State Legislature. 

March 23rd

Basketball Players Use AED to Save a Life

CHICAGO, IL--Matt Krueger looks forward to hugging his basketball buddies who helped save his life earlier this month.

“I physically died on March 2,” said Krueger, a Genoa resident. “I am happy to be here.”

On March 2, Krueger was sitting out a game during a morning of pickup basketball in the gym of Christ Community Church in St. Charles, when he suddenly felt faint and collapsed in cardiac arrest.

The next thing he knew, he woke up on the paramedics’ stretcher — but only after a group of quick-thinking players used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restore his heart’s normal rhythm.

March 22nd

FDA Proposes Tighter Rules for Emergency Defibrillators

Why Fix What Isn't Broken When Lives Are At Stake?

Re: FDA Issues New Proposals to Improve Quality of AEDs

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is opposed to the FDA's proposed reclassification of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as Class III devices. Our Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor Network is a testament to the fact that AEDs save lives. It has taken so long to improve rates of survival from sudden cardiac arrest. Let's not take a giant step backwards.

FDA Issues Proposal to Improve the Quality of AEDs

FDA: Proposal protects access to critical medical device

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a proposed order aimed at helping manufacturers improve the quality and reliability of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The proposed order, if finalized, will require manufacturers of these life-saving devices to submit pre-market approval (PMA) applications.

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