Archive - 2013

Archive - 2013

December 11th

Flight Crew Use Defibrillator to Save Passenger at Edmonton International Airport

EDMONTON, AL--Moments after he stepped off a flight from Phoenix Wednesday evening, Wayne Gaalaas felt a bit light-headed. Then he collapsed.

Within seconds, WestJet and United aircrews at the Edmonton International Airport stepped in, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the 73-year-old Camrose man before using a nearby defibrillator to restart his heart.

“It shocked him and shortly after, he started feeling better,” said Julie Gaalaas, Wayne’s daughter-in-law. “He came to and was able to talk. And the ambulance came and took him to hospital.”

Marlene Gaalaas followed her husband to hospital with their son Jeff. At first Jeff didn’t know what was happening when fire crews and paramedics rushed past the gates.

Thirty-five years ago, Gaalaas was one of the first people in Alberta to undergo a kidney transplant.

AED Registration to Be Required in Manitoba Beginning January 1

The Manitoba, CA, provincial government is making anybody with an AED (automated external defibrillator) to be required by law, as of Jan. 1, 2014, to register with the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF), who in turn lets emergency medical services know the locations of every operational AED.

AEDs are compact, easy to use devices that diagnose symptoms of an irregular heartbeat, which can cause cardiac arrest. Using electrical therapy through defibrillation, an AED is designed to restart an unstable heartbeat, allowing the heart to restore a consistent rhythm.

The problem is some AEDs go unaccounted for, as they haven’t been registered with the HSF.

Churches, community centers and shopping malls are usually equipped with the small suitcase-sized devices.

According to the HSF, 85 per cent of cardiac arrests happen at work, homes, and in public places, and if an AED is used within the first five minutes, chances of survival reaches 75 per cent.

California School District Puts AEDs on High School Campuses

BAKERSFIELD, CA--A year after a 15-year-old Centennial High School sophomore's heart stopped at school, the Kern High School District Tuesday began putting automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on all 18 of its high school campuses.

As the first of them was placed inside a white, wall-mounted box in the Centennial High School gymnasium where Caleb Hannink collapsed in November 2012, Corinne Ruiz sniffed and dabbed her eyes.

December 10th

Keep Your Holidays Happy and Healthy with Sudden Cardiac Arrest Protection

CardioReady offers a few revealing facts reinforcing the need for greater SCA preparedness in the workplace

As you toast your employees for another year of hard work and spread holiday cheer throughout the office, why not thank them with the best gift you can give - a safe work environment – all year round. CardioReady, a leader in helping organizations to prevent fatalities from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) through its turn-key solutions and training, is wishing organizations nationwide a healthful and joyful holiday season by offering a seasonal infographic to encourage employers to increase SCA preparedness as we head into the new year.

Shane Del Rosario, 30, Dies Two Weeks After Suffering Cardiac Arrest

UFC heavyweight Shane Del Rosario died on Monday, nearly two weeks after being hospitalized after suffering sudden cardiac arrest in his home.

"It has been truly amazing to realize just how many lives Shane touched in such a positive way," Del Rosario's family said in a statement released to The Associated Press.

"As always, Shane fought hard, but it was his time to go in peace. We will miss his huge smile, his huge bear hugs, his gift of giving to others, and his Aloha spirit. He was larger than life."

Del Rosario, 30, was admitted to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, Calif., on Nov. 26 and put on life support. Doctors were able to resuscitate him in the emergency room, but he showed no sign of brain activity once admitted to the hospital's coronary care unit. Doctors modulated his body near 90 degrees in an effort to induce therapeutic hypothermia before jump-starting body and brain functions.

December 9th

Asian Football Confederation to Have AEDs at All Matches

CHELMSFORD, MA--ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has purchased ZOLL AED Plus® devices to distribute to its 47 member associations across Asia to protect their football players in the event of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). 

The AED Plus units will be present during all football matches. In all matches sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), of which AFC is a member, a match cannot start without the presence of an AED at the bench of the 4th official.

The Case for AED Registries

Bystander CPR is a critical link in the chain of survival. It has been shown to more than double a victim’s chance of surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Using an automated external defibrillator (AED) in addition to performing bystander CPR further improves the chances of survival.2 Yet, both bystander CPR and AEDs are not provided in a majority of OHCA events.

Because time is so critical in cardiac arrest, immediate bystander action (calling 9-1-1, performing CPR, and early defibrillation) is the cornerstone of maximizing the effectiveness of subsequent EMS and hospital interventions and ultimately survival. This is especially true in rural and congested urban areas with prolonged response times. 

December 8th

Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation Unite with NJ Legislators to Safeguard Students from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

TENAFLY, NJ-- Lisa Yue, founding executive director of the Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF), joined Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ6) and Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan today at a press conference at South Plainfield Middle School, N.J. to call attention to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in the young and the legislation needed to keep students safe in school.

In 2010, two Middlesex County students, Kittim Sherrod and Brandon James, both collapsed during school athletic activities. Each had an undiagnosed heart disease – cardiomyopathy – that caused their death. Cardiomyopathy, a disease in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally enlarged, thickened or stiffened, is a leading cause of SCA in children and young adults.

December 5th

Philips Healthcare Issues Position Statement Regarding Recent FDA Communication

Philips Healthcare has released the following statement regarding a recent FDA Communication

In August 2012, Philips initiated a voluntary safety notification regarding the company’s HeartStart FRx, HeartStart Home, and HeartStart OnSite Automated External Defibrillator (AED) devices, due to the remote possibility of a hazard associated with the potential failure of an internal electrical component. In January 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified this action as a Class II recall, where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote. The safety notification affected approximately 605,000 HeartStart AED devices worldwide, of which nearly 284,000 are in the U.S.

December 4th

Teachers Save Co-Worker with CPR and Defibrillation

REDMOND, WA--54-year-old male teacher survived a sudden cardiac arrest this morning, thanks to the efforts of co-workers at The Overlake School in Redmond. The man was teaching his music class at about 9:30 a.m. when he suddenly collapsed and became unconscious.

"He survived because of the quick actions of staff at the school," reads a City of Redmond Fire Department press release.

When teachers in adjoining classrooms responded to calls for help, they knew what to do as one of the teachers is the instructor for CPR and automatic external defibrillation (AED) courses at the school.

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