Archive - Sep 2014

Archive - Sep 2014

September 30th

AED Scavenger Hunt Underway in Pittsburgh

AED scavenger huntPITTSBURGH, PA--The University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine is hosting HeartMap Pittsburgh Challenge, a scavenger hunt to find automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), which are electronic, briefcase-sized devices that can be used by bystanders to help someone in cardiac arrest. The hunt, held in collaboration with the University of Washington-Harborview Center for Prehospital Emergency Care, is part of a national effort to create a registry of locations of these lifesaving devices.

Screening to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes

The sudden death of young competitive athletes during exercise is a shocking and widely publicized topic. These unexpected events have attracted increasing amounts of attention in the general public, particularly with the growth of online and social media. Protocols for pre-athletic participation screening have come under scrutiny to refine the detection of “silent” cardiovascular diseases that predispose young individuals to sudden cardiac death (SCD). The most common diseases include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, coronary artery anomalies, channelopathies such as long QT syndrome, myocarditis, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, aortic dissection, coronary artery disease, dilated cardiomyopathy and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. The ideal screening method for this rare but dangerous set of diseases in young athletes remains debated. 

Screening to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes

The sudden death of young competitive athletes during exercise is a shocking and widely publicized topic. These unexpected events have attracted increasing amounts of attention in the general public, particularly with the growth of online and social media. Protocols for pre-athletic participation screening have come under scrutiny to refine the detection of “silent” cardiovascular diseases that predispose young individuals to sudden cardiac death (SCD). The most common diseases include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, coronary artery anomalies, channelopathies such as long QT syndrome, myocarditis, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, aortic dissection, coronary artery disease, dilated cardiomyopathy and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. The ideal screening method for this rare but dangerous set of diseases in young athletes remains debated. 

September 29th

Happy 'birthday': Aquinas volleyball player from Grant celebrates anniversary of near-fatal collapse

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Dayle Wood has a brand new "birthday," and she's thankful for every new day, week and year she has to live.

It has been a little over a year since Wood collapsed during an Aquinas volleyball practice because of an irregular heartbeat and needed to be revived via an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Wood is still a full-time student at Aquinas and is back to playing volleyball with the Saints, thanks in part to the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), which is programmed to detect cardiac arrhythmia and correct it by delivering a jolt of electricity and also has a pacemaker built into it, in her chest.

Life is pretty much as back to normal as can be for the former Grant volleyball standout, who was known as an aggressive player with a hard attack while with the Tigers.

September 26th

In memory of Paul

Hello everyone,

I just learned of this website when reading a small newsletter called BottomLine Personal. My husband Paul died of SCA on Aug 4 this year, just about one month shy of his 64th birthday. Although his death certificate says "heart attack", I now know that was not exactly the case.

We were doing one of the things we loved - traveling by RV. We had just finished our 3rd week on the road, where the last week had been in Oshkosh, WI at AirVenture 2014. My husband was not a pilot or a veteran by he loved all things airplane. We had just set up our campsite outside of Milwaukee and had planned our visit to that city for the next day. You see, we also love our Harley and no trip to Wisconsin would be complete without a visit to the Harley museum.

HRSA Allocates $1 Million to Support Defibrillation Projects in Rural Areas

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN, announced more than $22 million to support health care in rural areas, including funds that will provide resources and expertise for telehealth solutions, improve emergency medical services, and help communities build networks of care.

Through grant programs administered by the Office of Rural Health Policy, located within HRSA, the awards went out to more than 100 rural communities in 42 states.

“Rural communities have some of the greatest needs for expanding access to health care,” Wakefield said. “These investments represent our commitment at the federal level to support partners on the ground, who are working to strengthen health care delivery in every area of the country.”

New CPR-AED Grant Program for NJ Schools to Be Introduced September 30 in Lodi, NJ

Media Advisory

Force for Health Foundation and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation to Present a New CPR-AED Grant Program for Schools on Tuesday, September 30 from 10 am-12 pm in Lodi, New Jersey

Speakers include Anthony Cortazzo, a Pascack Hills High School Student, who survived sudden cardiac arrest last spring, and Steven Papa, ATC, the athletic trainer who helped save his life with an automated external defibrillator (AED).

September 25th

We're acting on the results, but we cannot share until mid-November.

In 2012 SLICC demonstrated that pedal chest compressions permitted people to last three plus times longer than people performing manual compressions also were able to provide Guideline-Compliant Chest Compressions ("GC3's") to a larger percentage of the USA adult population.
See http://www.slicc.org/ReSS_2012_359.pdf

In 2013 SLICC demonstrated that one's ability to perform chest compressions for an extended period were defined by (a) the stiffness of the victim's chest, (b) the body weight of the rescuer, and (c) the method used to compress the chest. People performing pedal compressions were able to provide GC3's to a larger percentage of the population and were able to perform compressions for more than three times longer than they could when performing manual compressions.
See http://www.slicc.org/ReSS_2013_030.pdf

NJ School Nurse Saves Teacher and Her Unborn Baby

Sean, Erin and sonFaculty and staff at Eisenhower Intermediate School in Bridgewater, NJ, came together on Monday, March 10, to honor school nurse Mary Ellen Urbanowicz as she was presented with an award by a representative of the American Heart Association for her quick and effective response to an emergency situation.

Boston Scientific Product Advisory on Premature Battery Depletion

CognisBoston Scientific recently provided physicians with important product advisory information regarding a group of COGNIS™ CRT-D and TELIGEN™ ICD implantable defibrillators. This information includes some new follow-up advice for this identified group of devices that was manufactured between 2008 and 2010.

A component in some COGNIS and TELIGEN devices has not performed as expected. This may shorten battery life and require early device replacement. These devices were designed with safety features that can detect this behavior and provide a physician with early warning of this problem if it were to occur.

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