Archive - Apr 2013

Archive - Apr 2013

April 30th

Parents of Tennessee State Student File Wrongful Death Suit

The parents of Wayne Jones III, the Tennessee State football player who died last season after collapsing on the practice field, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university.

Wayne Jones Jr. and Sonya Johns are seeking $5 million in damages.

The suit claims the football coaches and trainers failed to provide adequate care for their son, a walk-on redshirt freshman defensive back, after he suffered cardiac arrest shortly after the non-contact practice began on Nov. 7.

"No assistance was provided to him, and an unreasonable period of time elapsed before anyone approached him or attempted to provide any help," according to the lawsuit.

April 29th

Missing the Forest for the Trees

Articles such as "The Loophole That Keeps Precarious Medical Devices in Use" and “AEDs in the Workplace, Benefit or Burden,”  which raise concerns about the safety of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) without recognizing their overarching life-saving value, create confusion and are not in the public’s best interest.

Results from WEARIT-II Registry of Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator Usage to Be Presented at Heart Rhythm 2013

CHELMSFORD, MA -- The results from the Prospective Registry and Follow-Up of Patients Using the Wearable Defibrillator (WEARIT-II) will be presented in a Late-Breaking Clinical Trial presentation at Heart Rhythm 2013, the Heart Rhythm Society's 34th Annual Scientific Sessions, Friday, May 10, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Session number SP22.

The 18-month results from WEARIT-II will be presented by Ian Goldenberg, MD, (Principal Investigator) University of Rochester Medical Center. WEARIT-II is a prospective, observational study designed to evaluate high cardiac risk patients' clinical information, arrhythmias, and treatment findings during wearable defibrillator use and subsequent one-year clinical course, including survival.

Mother's Day Marks One Year Since Las Vegas Youth Survived SCA

Mother’s day will mark the first anniversary of 15-year-old Adam Afromsky’s sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

Last year, Adam Afromsky was playing in his soccer team’s State Cup semi-finals, when he collapsed on the field. Trainers, coaches and spectators thought he was having a seizure. However, a CPR & AED trained bystander happened to be close by and immediately recognized the signs of SCA . 911 was called and bystander CPR was performed for five minutes until EMS crews arrived. On arrival, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue shocked Adam twice with an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restart his heart. He was transported to Summerlin Medical center for emergency care. 

Doctors were unable to find anything wrong with Adam’s heart. He now has an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and has resumed all normal teenage activity. Adam will be competing in the State Cup Soccer championship again this year.

April 28th

Standardized Debriefing Ups Outcomes on CPR Simulation

Use of a standardized debriefing script during resuscitation training programs conducted by novice instructors is associated with improved acquisition of knowledge and team leader behavioral performance in subsequent simulated cardiopulmonary arrests, according to a study published online April 22 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Use of a standardized debriefing script during resuscitation training programs conducted by novice instructors is associated with improved acquisition of knowledge and team leader behavioral performance in subsequent simulated cardiopulmonary arrests, according to a study published online April 22 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Ask Congress to Restore Funding for the Rural and Community AED Program

In his FY 2014 budget submitted to Congress on April 10th, President Obama zeroed out funding for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program—the AED  Program. Now it is up to Congress to restore funding for this life-saving program, as they have done in the past, but they need to hear from as many of their constituents as possible on the value of this program.  The American Heart Association's Ad Hoc Coalition To Save Lives Through Public Access to Defibrillation urges you to contact your legislators and ask that funding be restored. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a member of the Coalition.

April 26th

AEDs Mandatory for Italian Sports Teams

ROME--Italy’s government has ruled that all sporting companies, regardless of whether they are amateur or professional, must own a defibrillator.

Professional companies will have to comply within six months, and amateur ones within 30 months, it ruled Friday.

Defibrillators will have to always be accessible and used in the presence of qualified personnel, it said.

Italy’s sports world had pledged to act to avoid more deaths like that of popular Livorno player Piermario Morosini, who died last year at the age of 25 after collapsing during a second-tier football game.

Morosini’s death, which followed a number of similar fatalities, caused shock throughout the world of sport and aroused debate about whether enough was being done to prevent loss of life in sport.

SOURCE: Business Standard

He Would Not Stop

Kathy Sekardi, Phoenix, AZ – 54 at time of event (2012)

On a normal working day at the Supreme Court, Kathy takes her lunch behind a closed door in her office. Lucky for her this particular Wednesday in August 2012 she did not. Instead she had a colleague working with her on a video presentation and so was not alone when her heart stopped beating.

April 24th

Utah State's Danny Berger Ready to Pay It Forward

Facing death can teach a man a lot about life.

That’s been the case for Danny Berger, the 6-foot-6 Utah State forward who collapsed and nearly died during a basketball practice last December.

Thanks to the quick actions of trainer Mike Williams and a host of others, along with a series of timely events, Berger lived.

Many, including the 22-year-old, believe his survival was a miracle.

Since then, the junior from Medford, Ore., has continued to ponder what happened, considering the blessings received and discovering the lessons learned. Others, including Williams, Berger’s father, Brian, and his LDS bishop, have also gained new perspective on life as a result of Berger’s experience.

In an effort to pay it forward, Berger continues to share his story to raise awareness about the importance of automated external defibrillators, a device that saved his life.

April 22nd

ECG Worthwhile for Pre-Sports Check Up

ROME -- Screening students before participation in sports with an electrocardiogram to pick up potentially deadly cardiac problems is worthwhile, two European studies argued.

A pre-sports participation exam that included a 12-lead ECG turned up group 2 findings in 7.8% of young people, 0.44% of whom had pathology confirmed on further work-up, Jakir Ullah, MD, of St. George's University of London, and colleagues found.

Self-reported symptoms weren't useful, as 40% reported them but none turned out related to cardiac pathology, the group reported here at the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation's EuroPRevent meeting.

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