Archive - May 2013

Archive - May 2013

May 28th

Vigorous Athletic Activity Is Safe With ICDs

Yale researchers report ICD Sports Safety Registry results. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation was acknowledged in the published report for its assistance with dissemination of information about the study to sudden cardiac arrest survivors. 

CPR, AED and Mild Cooling Save SCA Victim at Workplace

LEXINGTON, KY--On Feb. 11, Richard Klotz's evening work shift began like any other. The 57-year-old Mount Sterling resident  took his shift break shortly before 9 p.m. After that Klotz doesn't recall what happened -- but his coworkers do.  As his break was ending, Klotz suffered cardiac arrest and dropped to the floor.

Turns out, Klotz was lucky to be at work when his cardiac arrest happened. Within seconds, his work team sprang into action, grabbing the automated external defibrillator (AED) and performing a constant cycle of CPR/defibrillation until the paramedics arrived. It was the first of several unique medical interventions that helped save Klotz's life.

Heart Scare Prompts Push for Defibrillators at Youth Sports Venues

LAS VEGAS, NV--Some quick thinking, a good response time and a lot of luck kept one boy’s heart beating and inspired a mother to push for change.

Adam Afromsky loves soccer, so when his team, the Las Vegas Sports Academy 98 Boys Red, went to the state championship last year on Mother’s Day, he was excited.

“It was a normal day,” Adam recalled. “I felt nervous, other than that everything was fine.”

Five minutes into the game, that excitement turned to panic when Adam collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest.

An emergency room doctor and a nurse on adjacent fields rushed over after hearing his mother’s panicked screams. They administered CPR to the unconscious boy until Emergency Medical Services could respond.

“We were lucky, because every minute counts,” Melanie Afromsky, Adam’s mother, said. “Adam is an athlete. He is a healthy boy. We never expected for this to happen.”

May 24th

A Trip to the Promised Land Results in a Promise

Zachary Gingold, Los Angeles, CA – 14 at time of event (2009)

Zachary Gingold I was fourteen at the time, on a trip to Israel with my family celebrating my sister’s Bat Mitzvah. It was supposed to be a wonderful excursion for everyone, a two-week experience of a lifetime in the holiest of places when tragedy struck. I could hear my heart beat pounding in my ears and it felt as if everyone around me could hear it too. Feeling quite ill, I knew something was wrong.

Proud To Be A Mom

Amanda Haynes, Bedford, TX – 26 at time of event (2008)

 Amanda Haynes My name is Amanda. I was pregnant with my second child. The whole pregnancy was normal and I had a scheduled C-section due to my first being a failure to progress. I don't remember much at the hospital, but as I was told the delivery was fine. I was in recovery and the nurse checked my vitals and left the room. I was talking and laughing, took a sip of juice, and then fell over.

May 22nd

Olson Introduces Good Samaritan AED Bill

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation applauds initiative to amend the Public Health Service Act to clarify liability protections regarding emergency use of automated external defibrillators.

WASHINGTON, DC--Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) today introduced H.R. 2135, the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act. Olson’s bill will help increase the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by eliminating the threat of frivolous lawsuits through development of a nationally uniform baseline of protection for persons who use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) while attempting to save a life during a medical emergency. Original co-sponsors include: Reps. Pete Gallego (D-TX), Phil Roe (R-TN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Michael Burgess (R-TX), Andy Harris (R-MD) Gerald Connolly (D-VA).

Calfornia Supreme Court could change the face of AED adoption by California retailers

(CN) - The California Supreme Court should provide guidance on demands that all retailers there need defibrillators for customer emergencies, the 9th Circuit said Tuesday. Mary Ann Verdugo experienced sudden cardiac arrest in 2008 while shopping at a Target in Pico Rivera, Calif. It took paramedics several minutes to arrive, and the 49-year-old died at the scene. The tragedy is not uncommon, according to the 9th Circuit, which noted that 300,000 people go into sudden cardiac arrest every year in America. Only 8 percent survive, and those who do generally have their heart restarted by an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) within five minutes. While Target sells AEDs on its website, it does not require their installation in its stores. Verdugo's mother and brother sued the retailer for wrongful death, but Target disputes that it has a duty to install AEDs in its stores.

May 20th

High School Staff Honored for Saving Pregnant Teacher

HOUSTON, TX--When a pregnant teacher in Texas collapsed, her coworkers rushed to help. The woman technically died, gave birth and then was brought back to life.

Erica Nigrelli, 32, an English teacher at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, collapsed in a co-worker's classroom when she was 36 weeks pregnant.

"Apparently I told her, 'I feel very faint,' and I put my head down and I essentially just passed out," Erica Nigrelli said.

Erica's husband, Nathan, is also a teacher at Elkins.

"I opened the door and walked in and Erica was laying on the floor," he said.

Erica Nigrelli's heart had stopped. Some co-workers started CPR and used a defibrillator to get it working again. They kept her alive until paramedics came and rushed her to the hospital.

High School Staff Honored for Saving Pregnant Teacher

HOUSTON, TX--When a pregnant teacher in Texas collapsed, her coworkers rushed to help. The woman technically died, gave birth and then was brought back to life.

Erica Nigrelli, 32, an English teacher at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, collapsed in a co-worker's classroom when she was 36 weeks pregnant.

"Apparently I told her, 'I feel very faint,' and I put my head down and I essentially just passed out," Erica Nigrelli said.

Erica's husband, Nathan, is also a teacher at Elkins.

"I opened the door and walked in and Erica was laying on the floor," he said.

Erica Nigrelli's heart had stopped. Some co-workers started CPR and used a defibrillator to get it working again. They kept her alive until paramedics came and rushed her to the hospital.

May 17th

PulsePoint App, which helps people get lifesaving CPR, is coming to Los Angeles

Smartphones, already used to alert us of such pressing matters as sports scores and new Facebook posts, could soon help save lives in L.A.

The Los Angeles Fire Department will soon begin using an application called PulsePoint, which sends messages to people's cellphones when someone is having a cardiac emergency nearby.

The hope is that people trained in CPR will install the app, see the alerts and be able to start life-saving treatment before paramedics arrive.

Sometimes, after they see an ambulance pull up, bystanders wish they had known someone needed help, said Capt. Tom Gikas, who works in the Fire Department's Planning Section.

"How many people on a given evening in a local restaurant know CPR?" Gikas wondered.

That's exactly the question that led to PulsePoint.

Richard Price, now president of the PulsePoint Foundation, said it started about three years ago, when he was the fire chief in the San Ramon Valley, east of Oakland.

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