Archive - Jul 2013

Archive - Jul 2013

July 10th

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.

July 8th

Contest Slated to Help Area Agencies Locate AEDs

MIDLAND, MI--Community members who locate and record area automated external defibrillator (AED) units have the opportunity to win a $500 cash prize as part of the AED Scavenger Hunt sponsored by Pulse3 Foundation and Mobile Medical Response in Saginaw.

The contest, which runs July 12 through July 26, is a collaboration of the Shocks & Saves initiative of the Pulse3 Foundation (formerly MCVI Foundation) and MMR.

“There are literally hundreds of AEDs in public places in our communities,” said Lynn Schutter, MMR community relations director. “This contest has two great goals: to increase community awareness of AEDs, and to help us maintain the most accurate records of where those AEDs are.”

Positive Outlook Linked to Reduced Cardiac Events

People with cheerful temperaments are significantly less likely to suffer a coronary event such as a heart attack or sudden cardiac death, new Johns Hopkins research suggests.
Previous research has shown that depressed and anxious people are more likely to have heart attacks and to die from them than those whose dispositions are sunnier. But the Johns Hopkins researchers say their study shows that a general sense of well-being— feeling cheerful, relaxed, energetic and satisfied with life— actually reduces the chances of a heart attack.
A report on the research is published in the American Journal of Cardiology.
“If you are by nature a cheerful person and look on the bright side of things, you are more likely to be protected from cardiac events,” says study leader Lisa R.

July 6th

James Gandolfini Death Could Have Been Prevented If Hotel Had AED Says UCLA Cardiologist

ALLENTOWN, Pa., July 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- American Med Supply advises all travelers to book a hotel equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) since James Gandolfini's recent death could have been prevented if his hotel had an AED according to a UCLA cardiologist.
"James Gandolfini absolutely may have survived if hotel personnel had used an AED when they found him," said Dr. Matthew Budoff, an associate professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA and a renowned cardiologist, during an interview with the National Enquirer.

'OK Glass, Save A Life.' The Application Of Google Glass In Sudden Cardiac Death

Google GOOG +0.79% Glass has made its way into healthcare. Its use in the operating room and in medical education has been profiled here. Yet the magic of Glass will be found in the applications that can make this “technology” into real-world solutions for health and medicine. It’s a bit like the smart phone and how its realization is a function of the countless app that bring the device to life.

Christian Assad, MD has taken the next step with Glass and developing a practical app that can turn Glass into a real life-saver. He recently profiles this application on his blog and I believe it’s an important turn of events that showcase just how technology can be applied to medicine and public health issues. Here’s how it presents the concept in his blog–Google Glass and augmented CPR.


1) Person walking, witnesses someone passing out (syncope)
2) Individual says “OK GLASS, CPRGLASS”

July 3rd

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.


July 2nd

Former President Ford's Daughter, Susan Ford Bales, Discusses her Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the Importance of Public Awareness

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Susan Ford Bales was 53 and had no idea that she had heart disease, when one day she went into sudden cardiac arrest while exercising on an elliptical machine.

“I was extremely lucky,” said Bales, who spoke Tuesday, June 4, at the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball at the JW Marriott. “I was in the gym, and the top thoracic surgeon in Tulsa was walking up the steps, and so he shocked me back.”

After she was revived with an automated electronic defibrillator, Bales received a heart stent and a pacemaker.

Bales, the daughter of former President Gerald R. Ford, touched on her cardiac arrest in 2010 and her family’s history of heart disease in her talk at the association gala, which raises funds for research, community programs and education.

Speaking about her own health is a change of pace for Bales, who frequently promotes her mother, Betty Ford’s medical causes: breast cancer and substance abuse treatment.

July 1st

Save Money on Mobile Phone Bills—and Help Save Lives Threatened by Sudden Cardiac Arrest

SaveLoveGivePITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and today announced a partnership designed to save consumers money on their mobile phone bills—and help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest.

Launched by mobile intelligence firm Validas earlier this year, is a free technology that helps consumers find savings on their mobile phone bills. Validas estimates that Americans could save $52.8 billion each year by eliminating “wireless waste”—all the money that is spent on data, voice minutes, and text messages that are never used. The average savings through SaveLoveGIve is about $300 per year.

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