Archive - Jul 2013

Archive - Jul 2013

July 21st

18-Year-Old Dies during Soccer Game at High Altitude Field without AED

CUSCO, PERU--Fans of Peruvian soccer are mourning the death of Yair Clavijo, 18, who died on Sunday during a match in Cusco.

The Peruvian footballer suffered a “cerebral edema and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (an underlying heart condition),” according to the autopsy performed in Cusco on Monday, Depor.pe reported.

The unfortunate incident took place during a Peruvian First Division match between Sporting Cristal and Real Garcilaso, when the young man was representing SC in a reserve team match. Clavijo appeared to suffer (sudden cardiac arrest) which killed him instantly.

According to witnessed at the stadium, the 18-year-old reserve collapsed only minutes before the end of the game. At that point, medics rushed to attempt to save the young man, but the personnel and a nearby stadium ambulance were not equipped with a defibrillator, which may have saved his life.

Sudden Cardiac Deaths Among Volunteer Firefighters Falls to Record Low

The number of volunteer firefighters who died in the line of duty declined to a record in the U.S. amid efforts to improve the fitness of emergency personnel.

On-duty volunteer firefighter deaths fell to 30 last year, from 35 in 2012 and more than 75 in 1977 and 1978, the National Fire Protection Association said today in a report on its website. The overall firefighter fatality count, including paid personnel, was 64 last year, the second-lowest on record, with only 2011 having a smaller total.

“In 2012 we had the lowest number of cardiac-related deaths that we’ve seen since we started doing the study in 1977,” Rita Fahy, manager of fire database systems for the research and analysis division of the NFPA, said in a video on the association’s website.

Sleeping Altitude and Sudden Cardiac Death

Novice mountaineers may lower their risk of having a fatal heart attack if they acclimate themselves before a high-altitude recreational hiking or skiing expedition, according to a study published in the American Heart Journal.

The study found the risk of dying of (sudden cardiac death) on the first day of vigorous mountain exercise was more than five times as high in individuals who had slept at lower elevations on the previous evening as in those who slept at higher elevations.

A short period of acclimatization beforehand could significantly reduce the risk of sudden death, especially in men over age 34, beginner mountaineers, or those with a history of heart problems, the study says.

July 20th

Helping Bystanders Perform CPR Until EMS Is "Hands-On"

SLICC has officially begun promoting an alternative CPR technique for those who are - for one of a variety of reasons cannot perform guideline-compliant manual chest compressions.

THIS TECHNIQUE IS FOR BYSTANDERS ONLY. PEOPLE WHO ARE FUNCTIONING IN A ROLE REQUIRING HEALTHCARE PROVIDER STATUS MUST - AT LEAST IN THE SHORT TERM - CONTINUE TO USE MANUAL COMPRESSIONS.

Here's the announcement letter that just went out:

Thank you all very much for your comments and suggestions - and encouragement. The announcement video has been modified and can be viewed at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6yS9dwceHg
The video shows someone treating a sudden cardiac death in a 40+ year old and highlights the dismal probability that a lone rescuer will be able to perform Guideline-Compliant Chest Compressions ("GC3's") from the time of the arrest until the "hands-on" arrival of the EMS crew.

SLICC's video recommends that Bystanders "perform manual compressions unless:

July 19th

Man's Brush with Death Caught on Security Camera

GREER, SC-- A South Carolina man says he was brought back from the dead and it was all caught on camera.

July 17th

Dancing the Dream

Sue Young, Tiverton, RI – 57 at time of event (2012)

Sue Young

"I was at a birthday party one Friday night," Sue recalled. It was just after dinner at the local restaurant where Brenda's family had arranged the party in November.

"I just felt strange, I couldn't put my finger on it. I didn't feel right, so I went to the ladies room." Sue then felt nauseous and a cold sweat broke out. She knew this was serious.

July 16th

Minnesota Study Does Not Support ECG Screening of High School Athletes

A new study finds that the incidence of sudden cardiac death in athletes screened every three years with a standard preparticipation evaluation form during Minnesota State High School League activities was 0.24 per 100,000 athlete-years. This incidence is much lower than that observed in studies of Division 1 NCAA and Italian athletes (ages 18-25 and mean age 24 years, respectively).

The authors concluded that these data do not support screening high school athletes with an electrocardiogram (ECG) to lower the risk of SCD, and that the decision to screen athletes with ECG should consider age, training intensity, and genetic predisposition. 

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SOURCE: CardioSource

July 12th

Taiwan Government Sets Up Database of AEDs

TAIPEI--The Department of Health (DOH) has said that it is setting up a databank showing all the locations of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

DOH statistics show that heart disease is the second-leading cause of death in Taiwan. Every year, around 20,000 people who have sudden cardiac arrest die before reaching the hospital, the DOH noted.

Taiwan has completed an amendment to the Emergency Medical Services Act stipulating that public places should be equipped with AEDs and incorporating a Good Samaritan law -- which protects people who perform emergency treatment from lawsuits -- to encourage people to use the AEDs when necessary.

The DOH recently promulgated regulations governing emergency medical services and equipment that require public places with AEDs to upload their information to the DOH data center, which will then send the information to local health and fire departments.

July 10th

Stats Show CPR Often Falls Flat

In his 20 years of practicing emergency medicine, Dr. David Newman says, he remembers every patient who has walked out of his hospital alive after receiving CPR.

It's not because Newman has an extraordinary memory or because reviving a patient whose heart has stopped sticks in his mind more than other types of trauma. It's because the number of individuals who survive CPR is so small.

In fact, out of the hundreds of CPR patients who have come to St. Luke's Hospital in New York, Newman recalls no more than one individual a year making a full recovery.

Since it was introduced to American physicians in 1960, cardiopulmonary resuscitation has become a staple of emergency medicine. Between 2011 and 2012, more than 14 million people in 60 countries were trained in CPR administration, according to the American Heart Association.

L.A. Fire Department is asked to broaden its tech reach.

Councilman Mike Bonin seeks to expand the overhaul of the aging systems that have contributed to longer 911 response times. He suggests tablet computers, such as iPads, for firefighters in the field. With the aim of improving 911 response times, a new Los Angeles city councilman is pushing for a far-reaching plan to expand the Fire Department's overhaul of its aging technology systems. Mike Bonin has asked the LAFD and city technology officials to develop a "master plan" to better coordinate a series of upgrades being made to the department's dispatching and data systems. Among other things, he wants city officials to work with private-sector experts to explore creating new applications that firefighters can use on tablet computers, such as Apple's popular iPad.

With the advent of modern technology in the hands of our emergency personnel, we can be assured that lifesaving measures such as AED application and early CPR will be utilized in the quickest manner.

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