Archive - Sep 2011 - Blog entry

Archive - Sep 2011 - Blog entry

September 28th

SCA Hits Perry Hall High JV Field Hockey Team

Trauma Strikes the Field Hockey Teams
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 By Ethan Muller
From Perry Hall High's online newspaper

In life, situations can go from happy and exciting to gloomy and traumatic in a matter of seconds. Last night, September 27, 2011 the JV and Varsity Field Hockey teams experienced one of these moments. Shortly after scoring the winning goal, her second of the afternoon, a freshman on the JV team collapsed on the field at Catonsville High School. The coaches and athletic director rushed to provide medical assistance. The staff administered CPR immediately, which saved the young athlete's life.

While CPR was being administered, another person present at the game called 911 for an ambulance. Upon the arrival of paramedics, she was breathing but remained unconscious. The Varsity game, which was scheduled to directly follow the JV match, was postponed.

September 25th

Nurse finds herself in right place, right time

By Mary Landers (

Julie Anderson Paul knew something was desperately wrong from the tone of the other mother’s voice. The 34-year-old nurse had just settled back into her beach chair after a walk on Tybee’s north end when she heard the unmistakable sound of panic.

“Help my son. Oh please, please, please.”

The possibilities raced through Paul’s mind as she pounded to the surf: seizure, shark bite or drowning.

She saw the toddler’s face, blue beneath his summer buzz cut. A swim diaper had been pulled down revealing he’d soiled himself, a dire sign to Paul, who knew that it can be the body’s last act before death.

Kneeling by the 3-year-old boy, former Southside firefighter Roy Neely had already started CPR. Paul announced she was a pediatric nurse and took over the breathing portion of the child’s CPR.

September 24th

Why are the survival numbers different?

I've had several people ask me why they keep seeing different numbers for survival percentages. Here's the heart of the problem:

It all depends upon what you mean by survival. In days gone by - and for very good reasons in the modern age - 'survival' meant the "return of spontaneous circulation" (Come on, folks, couldn't we just say the victim got his or her pulse back?)
Unfortunately, getting your pulse back doesn't always leave you at the same station.

The difference is your CPC score:

CPC = 1 means you have no significant neurological deficit.
CPC = 2 means you are able to perform the activities of daily living, perhaps with some minimal accommodation.
CPC = 3 means you have some severe neurological deficit that interferes to varying degrees with your ability to perform the activities of daily living.
CPC = 4 means you are in a coma.

The percentage of the victims that survive depends upon what you mean by 'survive':

Be Annoying: It Could Save A Life

The CDC's publication of five years of CARES data underscores the importance of time.

On a sample of 31,583 cardiac arrest victims, a Bystander applied the AED only 3.7% of the time, and the 911 Responder applied the AED the other 96.7% of the time. Twenty-three percent of the people to whom a Bystander applied an AED survived, and nine percent of the people to whom the 911 Responder applied the AED survived.

This doesn't mean that Bystanders are two and a half times better at applying AEDs. It means that the Bystander was able to get an AED on the victim sooner, if there were one there. (These numbers won't tie exactly to the CARES ROSC data because they have been adjusted to eliminate the victims who didn't die but who weren't independently able to perform the activities of daily living after the incident.)

September 23rd

Marin moms use CPR at party to revive man who was clinically dead

By Jessica Bernstein-Wax Marin Independent Journal Posted: 09/23/2011 11:09:37 AM PDT Updated: 09/23/2011 11:09:38 AM PDT

Two Marin moms are still reeling after they saved a San Francisco man's life last weekend using CPR techniques they learned as children. On Sunday afternoon, San Rafael resident Jennifer Ani and San Anselmo resident Michal "Miki" Goralsky were at a party in Ross for first-grade students at the Brandeis Hillel Day School when parent Mike Ryan collapsed and turned purple.

"We were all outside, and it was time for the piñata and all the kids were in line," Ani said. "I was about 10 feet from him and his eyes rolled back in his head and his knees buckled and he fell to the ground."

After a few moments of chaos, Goralsky began administering compressions to Ryan's chest and Ani performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The older brother of one of the first-graders whisked all of the small children to another part of the property.

September 20th

Accuracy makes a difference.

The story below ran under the headline "Azle Student Athlete Hurt on the Field"

I would argue that the headline "Azie Student Athlete died on field, saved by CPR & AED" not only would be more accurate, but would be more likely to cause a reader to consider making sure that all the schools in their area had trained personnel and READY ACCESS TO AN AED AT EVERY ATHLETIC CONTEST AND PRACTICE.


Azle Student Athlete Hurt on the Field
Published : Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011, 9:16 PM CDT
FOX 4 News Web Team

AZLE, Texas - A seventh grade football player from Azle Junior High School stopped breathing after a violent collision during a game Tuesday night.

It happened at the school. He was hit on the field and stopped breathing.

The school district said trainers and a school nurse performed CPR and used a portable defibrillator on the boy until paramedics arrived. He started breathing again.

September 17th

Football player watches his team win after dying of a sudden cardiac arrest.

[ NB: There's more than a ten percent chance that you'll witness a family member or friend have a sudden cardiac arrest someday As you read the story below, think about how you will feel if that person stays dead because you didn't know what to do. Bob]


It's been four months since Breaux Bridge High School Sophomore Teddrick Lewis was on the football field. He went into cardiac arrest during a practice in May.

Teddrick is not playing ball anymore but Friday nights, he's back on the field with his team and he has his coaches to thank for it.

"Last thing I remember, I was on a helicopter," Teddrick recalled. "I was just hearing noise and breathing funny."

The Breaux Bridge sophomore collapsed on the field and became unresponsive. After that, his memory went hazy.
Coach Paul Broussard had just seconds to act.

"When we got to him, he was on his stomach so we rolled him over and our first thought was he was having a seizure," Coach Broussard said.

September 16th

The Data Are Yelling At Us!

Consider a few facts:

  • The Phoenix airport has a seventy-five percent survival rate for witnessed cardiac arrests. Last time I checked, Chicago's O'Hare and Atlanta's Hartsfield were around sixty percent. The CARES database reflects a twenty-seven percent average for all airports in participating communities.
  • Twenty-seven percent of the people who had a sudden cardiac arrest in a doctor's office survived...the same percentage as for the average airport.
  • Sixty-six percent of all sudden cardiac arrests happen in the home. Fifteen percent of the survivors in the Survivor Network had their arrests at home.

We know what it takes to make survivors out of sudden cardiac arrest victims:

  • Call for help (911)
  • Perform CPR immediately and without interruption
  • Defibrillate promptly
  • Prompt arrival of ALS Ambulance
  • Definitive care at the hospital

September 14th

OK, the principal was right. Bug your principal to do the same, PLEASE!

15-Year-Old High School Football Player in Louisiana Saved with ZOLL AED Plus
Coaches and Team Practiced CPR Just Weeks Before Life-Saving Event

ZOLL Medical Corporation (Nasdaq GS: ZOLL), a manufacturer of resuscitation devices and related software solutions, reported today that football coaches at Breaux Bridge High School in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, combined CPR and a ZOLL AED Plus® to save the life of a freshman football player on May 19. The coaches launched into lifesaver mode when they spotted then 15-year-old Teddrick Lewis lying face-down on the sidelines during a football scrimmage. Because of their preparedness and quick action, Lewis has just started his sophomore year of high school.

According to Head Coach Paul Broussard, Lewis collapsed moments after leaving the field and was sprawled out on the ground with his face buried in the grass. Instinct and training immediately took over for Broussard and his staff.

A STUNNING 75% Save Rate

From JEMS...

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport may be one of the best public places in the country to survive a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Indeed, thanks to an innovative public AED program initiated 10 years ago at the airport, the rate of people surviving witnessed cardiac arrests and being released from a hospital neurologically intact is a stunning 75%.

“If you want to have your heart stop beating, have it [occur] at the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport,” says Debbie Thomas, RN, a paramedic training coordinator for the Phoenix Fire Department.


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