Archive - Nov 2011 - Blog entry

Archive - Nov 2011 - Blog entry

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November 27th

Ottawa has its act together!

Three saves in one week...

Updated: Sat Nov. 26 2011 4:53:11 PM ctvottawa.ca

An Ottawa firefighter said he's looking forward to having a beer with the opposing player whose life he helped save during a game of hockey Friday night.

Ottawa paramedics said a 61-year-old man was playing hockey at the Kanata Recreation Complex when he collapsed around 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Off-duty firefighter Pat Aubry skated over, felt he had no pulse and immediately asked for someone to call 911 and get the public access defibrillator, according to Ottawa Fire Services.

"I was assessing him and as I was assessing him his eyes rolled back and he went purple, so I started CPR," said firefighter Pat Aubry.

CPR and one shock from the defibrillator were delivered, and paramedics said the man's pulse was back when they arrived.

"We set it up on him and the machine did what it was supposed to do," Aubry said.

He was taken to hospital conscious and is in stable condition.

November 26th

Patient who collapsed at gym thanks worker who helped save him

By Charles McMahon cmcmahon [at] seacoastonline [dot] com November 23, 2011 2:00 AM PORTSMOUTH — It was an emotional moment on Tuesday morning at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, as Planet Fitness employee Whitni Hendley met the man whose life she helped save just one week earlier.

John Foster, 65, of Rye, said he's thankful Hendley was working when he collapsed while running on a treadmill Nov. 15 at the Lafayette Road gym.

What caused John Foster to collapse?

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Robert Helm said Foster's (below) heart stopped because of a condition called bicuspid aortic valve.

What is bicuspid aortic valve? It's a disorder in which the valve has only two leaflets, or flaps, that control blood flow through the heart. Like the tricuspid valve and the pulmonary valves, normal aortic valves have three tissue leaflets.

November 22nd

Man Performs CPR To Save Co-Worker's Life

from WMFD TV web site 11-21-11

A Mansfield Christian seventh through ninth grade social studies teacher gave his testimony to God Tuesday following his efforts to save a co-worker who suffered a heart attack.

Roger Dials spoke to Mansfield Christian students about his experience on Nov. 14 at the Walmart on Possum Run Road where he works a second job.

Dials performed CPR for 20 minutes on co-worker Ronald Faust who had suffered a heart attack as he was unloading boxes from a conveyor belt.

Faust told the students he owes Dials his life for his actions a week ago.

Dials modestly gave all his praise to God.

Faust says Walmart has been wonderful to work for and will probably be back to work in six weeks or less where he'll be assigned other duties.

Man Performs CPR To Save Co-Worker's Life

from WMFD TV web site 11-21-11

A Mansfield Christian seventh through ninth grade social studies teacher gave his testimony to God Tuesday following his efforts to save a co-worker who suffered a heart attack.

Roger Dials spoke to Mansfield Christian students about his experience on Nov. 14 at the Walmart on Possum Run Road where he works a second job.

Dials performed CPR for 20 minutes on co-worker Ronald Faust who had suffered a heart attack as he was unloading boxes from a conveyor belt.

Faust told the students he owes Dials his life for his actions a week ago.

Dials modestly gave all his praise to God.

Faust says Walmart has been wonderful to work for and will probably be back to work in six weeks or less where he'll be assigned other duties.

November 19th

This is the way it is supposed to work!

The three Whiteland students gathered around their classmate as his body convulsed.

The boy had gone into a seizure, his eyes rolling back in his head and his limbs jerking in spasms. Suddenly he stopped breathing and went limp.

Katie Foster, Brittni Dodd and Mercedes Hart had practiced CPR for hours in their health careers classes. Now, they were called on to act.

The three Whiteland Community High School [Indiana] students helped save the life of a classmate on a school bus Tuesday morning.

November 11th

Come on, teammates, this is not complex.

66% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the home.

Many cardiac arrest are accompanied by intermittent. gasping respirations. That sounds like intermittent, loud snoring.

Fewer than a third of all cardiac arrests benefit from Bystander CPR.

If the person you life with does not know how to perform Bystander CPR, you are ten times more likely to stay dead if you suffer a sudden cardiac arrest, as someone in this country does every 90 seconds.

If the point hasn't escaped you, get your spouse trained in Bystander CPR immediately.

www.slicc.org

PLEASE!

November 9th

New lease on life after heart attack [and cardiac arrest]

Published Wednesday November 9, 2011
By Rick Ruggles
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
« Live Well - Health & MedicineShare

Reina Walls doesn't say she almost died that wintry morning on Jan. 31. She says she did die.

Her colleagues brought her back through quick action, CPR and a device that shocked the heart back into rhythm.

Walls earned an ovation Tuesday night from those at the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Expo, a fundraiser in La Vista to fight heart disease among women. She considers herself a private person but believes she survived so she could share the message that heart attacks don't always come with chest pain or arm pain.

God "doesn't want you to keep miracles to yourself," Walls said Tuesday in an interview. "I don't think He did all that for me so I could keep it a secret."

November 8th

Team effort saves Baltimore half-marathon runner in cardiac arrest

By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun 7:22 p.m. EST, November 8, 2011

Like many veteran marathoners, Bob Pohl always had an eye on the clock.

"I used to tell my wife that if I drop in a race to stop my watch because I don't want to go to the hereafter with a bad time," he said. "The joke was funnier before."

The 55-year-old Marriottsville runner did collapse during a race. He was about 200 feet from the finish line of the Baltimore half-marathon on Oct. 15 when a blockage in a main artery stopped his blood from flowing — and his heart from beating.

Now seconds seriously mattered.

November 6th

Point Pleasant surfer saves Bay Head man using CP

Written by
Keith Ruscitti | Staff Writer

POINT PLEASANT — It was 28 years ago when Jeff Beverly took a cardiopulmonary resuscitation class.

Beverly signed up for the session months after witnessing his wife, Robin, suffer through a serious asthma attack, a situation which caught him off-guard and unprepared.

“I was in shock, I didn’t know CPR or anything,’’ said Beverly, 54. “I felt totally helpless.’’

Today, Bay Head resident David Turberfield is alive and recovering because of Beverly’s use of the resuscitation procedure. It was the first time the Point Pleasant resident has used the procedure.

During a surfing session off the Harris Street beach in Bay Head late in the afternoon on Oct. 17, Beverly observed Turberfield face down in the water to the south side of a jetty.

“At first, I thought it was one of my buddies playing a joke,’’ said Beverly. “Then I turned him over and he was gone.’’

Marathon runner returns to race he had cardiac arrest at

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It was just two years ago that Bill Zahler nearly died after completing the Mid-South Championship Marathon in Wynne. "I took a few steps over the finish line and had a cardiac arrest," said Zahler.

Zahler was without a pulse for nearly 40 minutes. Doctor's used a fairly new procedure, therapeutic hypothermia, a machine that lowers your body temperature, to save Zahler's life. It is an event many often don't live to tell about. Now he is using that experience to promote a healthy lifestyle. He says his past experience has only strengthened his faith.

"He performs miracles and I consider what happened to be to be a miracle from God," said Zahler.

Friday afternoon, Bill Zahler made a trip to St. Bernard's Medical Center. Not only did he get to meet the nurses and doctor who treated him, but the machine that saved his life.

"It may remember me, but I don't remember it. And I wouldn't want to have this thing over me. It's much too cold," said Zahler.

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