Archive - Jan 2016

Archive - Jan 2016

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January 6th

SCA Survivor since 12/27/2007

One morning at 6:30 a.m. two days after Christmas, my husband and I were just approaching the TSA at LAX after visiting our son and his family. I suddenly felt faint and said to my husband "I feel like I'm going to faint". He said I just dropped and he was close enough to catch me before I hit the ground. My eyes were open and I had no heart beat. He immediately started CPR and yelled for help. LAX personnel pulled me away from my husband and a nurse who was helping him (she compressed my heart while he blew into my mouth). They tried the first automatic defibrillator and it didn't work. Another one was called for and it did the job. I was resuscitated a total of 7 times before the doctors at the hospital miraculously saved my life by inserting two stints in my LAD. I was put into a medically induced coma for 5 days and awoke with no memory of much except saying I felt faint at the airport.

January 3rd

How To Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival in Three Easy Steps

WASHINGTON--Although survival rates for people who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital are extremely low in most places, emergency physicians propose three interventions to improve survival rates and functional outcomes in any community and urge additional federal funding for cardiac resuscitation research in an editorial published online last Wednesday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("IOM Says Times to Act to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival ... Here's How"). 

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