Archive - Mar 2015

Archive - Mar 2015

CPR Training Helped Oswego Teen Save Coach's Life

There are so many perspectives from which to tell this story, I'm not sure whose to use first.

Jim Dirkson's perhaps. He's the 56-year-old Oswego scientist and assistant coach of a traveling baseball team who happened to be pitching to his son the evening of Jan. 11 when he suddenly collapsed.

Or I could start with 16-year-old Oswego High School junior Ariana Castillo, who was working out with her traveling softball team the same time Dirkson went into cardiac arrest at the Oswego sports complex.

Then again, I could take the story back to Edward Hospital nurse Amanda Hunt, who is passionate about CPR training for high school students – indeed, the public in general .

March 30th

Can Resuscitation Be Delayed?

Team of researchers lay the foundation for new resuscitation guidelines for severely hypothermic patients in cardiac arrest.

The general rule for treatment of patients in cardiac arrest is that once resuscitation measures have begun, they must be continued uninterruptedly until the patient shows signs of life or is pronounced dead. A new study has shown that in the specific case of severely hypothermic victims with a core body temperature below 28°C, resuscitation can be delayed and periodically interrupted for short intervals during transportation in the mountains without jeopardizing survival. The study has just been published in the medical journal “Resuscitation” and was conducted by Cumbrian Mountain Rescue doctors, the Glenfield Hospital, Leicester in the UK, EURAC in Italy, the Medical University of Innsbruck in Austria and Stanford University in California, USA. 

Quant HC Aims to Predict Cardiac Arrest With an Algorithm

CHICAGO, IL--In the hours before a cardiac arrest, a patient’s body gives off tiny clues of what’s to come. Those clues can be too subtle for doctors to detect. But numbers may do the job just fine.

That’s why Chicago researchers have been working on an algorithm, eCART, to predict cardiac arrest, the abrupt loss of heart function. More than 200,000 patients in hospitals experienced cardiac arrest in 2013, according to the American Heart Association. Of the adult patients, roughly 24 percent survived. 

The eCART was developed by researchers at the University of Chicago and is now being commercialized by Quant HC, which joined healthtech startup incubator Matter in February.

March 29th

High School EMT Students Revive Man in Cardiac Arrest

MYERSTOWN, PA--Students of Elco's emergency medical technician program got a lesson they won't soon forget when they were involved in a real-life medical emergency recently at the high school.

An elderly gentleman visiting the school for a musical program suffered cardiac arrest and was found unresponsive; without a pulse.

A number of students as well as the EMT instructor responded to the emergency and initiated CPR, with astounding results — a regained pulse; a restarted heart in a person clinically deceased.

About a dozen students responded to the emergency; a few brought equipment to the scene. Some waited to show the ambulance personnel where to go, and at least four performed chest compressions on the man.

March 28th

Laws Not Enough to Keep High School Sports Safe

NEW YORK, NY--To toughen safety standards in youth sports, medical experts are turning away from lawmakers and toward high school sports associations to implement policies and procedures to prevent deaths and serious injuries.

The National Athletic Trainers' Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine completed two days of meetings and programs with representatives from all 50 state high school athletic associations Friday at the NFL offices in Manhattan. The goal was to have decision-makers return to their states and push high schools to put into place recommendations on how best to handle potentially catastrophic medical conditions such as heat stroke, sudden cardiac arrest, and head and neck injuries. 

March 26th

Exercise Can Keep ICD Patients Fit Without Raising Shock Risk

Moderately strenuous aerobic exercise can improve cardiovascular health in patients who have received an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)—without causing the device shocks that many patients fear working out might cause, according to researchers.

Medtronic Seeks Runners with Medical Technology for 2015 "Global Heroes" Team

Applications are open for the 2015 Medtronic Global Heroes team. The team honors 25 runners from around the world who benefit from medical technology, with no restriction on manufacturer. 

This is the 10th year of the program. To date, 209 runners representing 28 different countries and a myriad of disease conditions have run the course that winds through the lakes and neighborhoods of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Up to 25 runners will be selected to receive a paid entry for themselves and a guest to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or the Medtronic TC 10 Mile on October 2-4 and a travel package that includes airfare, accommodations and a host of VIP events for the Global Hero and a guest.

Take a Step for Survival on May 16th

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will be participating in the Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday, May 16th in Pittsburgh. The national nonprofit organization, based in Pittsburgh, has participated in the walk since 2011.

The 5K walk is an initiative spearheaded by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to help nonprofit organizations raise funds to support their causes. Highmark underwrites all the expenses associated with the walk so that every dollar raised for a nonprofit goes directly to that organization. 

March 22nd

Brain Activity During Cardiac Arrest

All over the world, researchers are trying to solve an age-old mystery: What happens in the brain when the heart stops? With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, medical experts from Vienna are participating in an international study that looks into memory processes during cardiac arrest.

March 19th

Toddler Survives Near-Drowning Following 101 Minutes of CPR

In a survival story his doctors call extraordinary, a 22-month-old Pennsylvania boy whose lifeless body was pulled from an icy creek was revived after an hour and 41 minutes of CPR and has suffered virtually no lingering effects.

Gardell Martin came home from the hospital on Sunday, and his doctors said Thursday he has made a full recovery.

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