Archive - Jul 3, 2013

Archive - Jul 3, 2013

Nurse volunteers spread awareness about sudden cardiac arrest

Every time Jenny Keylon, RN, BSN, teaches students how to perform CPR and use an AED, she watches them conquer their fears about saving lives. As a volunteer with the Nick of Time Foundation in Mill Creek, Wash., she regularly demonstrates these basic lifesaving skills to students.

Keylon, an electrophysiology nurse at Seattle Children’s Hospital, is one of about 100 RNs — along with physicians, allied health professionals and community members — whose volunteer efforts with the foundation are helping prevent sudden cardiac arrest in youth across the state. The nonprofit foundation aims to educate schools, athletes, families and communities about which steps to take if someone goes into SCA.

Could James Gandolfini Have Been Saved By Quick Use of an AED?

Beloved star ignored doctor’s warning before fateful trip to Italy, and then he checked into a hotel that wasn’t equipped with a defibrillator that could have saved his life.

Sources say James Gandolfini lay on the bathroom floor of his hotel suite in Rome for more than 30 minutes before medical help arrived. But by then, it was too late. The man the world knew as TV’s greatest mob boss, Tony Soprano, was dead.

“He absolutely may have sur­vived if hotel personnel had used an AED (automated external defibril­lator) when they found him,” according to Dr. Matthew Budoff, who has not treated Gandolfini but is an associate professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA and a renowned cardiologist.

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