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January 29th

Student recovering after cardiac arrest

By: Sarah Gorvin, The Republican Eagle
Goodhue County.

When Red Wing School District began installing automated external defibrillators in its buildings a few years ago, high school Principal Beth Borgen said she hoped they would never need to be opened.

“I said, ‘This is the best use of taxpayers’ dollars that I hope we never have to use,’” she said.

But on Jan. 20, a student, whose name or age can’t be released due to privacy laws, sat down while running laps in the gym.

“They thought he was taking a breather,” school nurse Kris Klassen said.

Then the student collapsed unconscious into a staff member’s arms, and people knew something was seriously wrong. Klassen, who also works as an emergency room nurse, was called to the gym over walkie-talkie.

“I’ve been through this before, but not in a school setting,” she said.

January 27th

This study needs to be done.

The NIH has launched two multicenter clinical trials that will evaluate treatments for sudden cardiac arrest that occurs out of the hospital.

The CCC trial will compare survival with hospital discharge rates for two CPR approaches — continuous chest compressions combined with pause-free rescue breathing vs. standard CPR — delivered by paramedics and firefighters to those experiencing cardiac arrest. Trained emergency personnel will give all participants in the CCC trial three cycles of CPR followed by heart rhythm analysis and, if needed, defibrillation.

There have been two trials in Scandanavia that showed 30%-40% improvements in outcome with compression-only CPR. There was a study in Japan that showed that, for a specific class of heart disease, compression-only CPR was not as good as 30 & 2 CPR.

January 21st

It's easy to read the paper without realizing what needs to be fixed.

Tragically, a 64 y/o gentleman died in San Antonio yesterday. The cause of death has not been announced, but it's likely that it was either a sudden cardiac arrest, a ruptured aortic anurism, or asphyxia via drowning, with the most likely being a sudden cardiac arrest.

It is apparent from the article that there are a number of problems with the way public pools are staffed and managed that make it unlikely that someone could survive in the situation this gentleman encountered. Even more sadly, most of these factors are to some degree controllable by the management of the pool.


My mission is not to criticize anyone. My Mission is to point out that the odds of surviving were not good for several structural reasons and to rally public support for changing the environment.

THE DETAILS: published the news, and their story included the following.

    January 6th

    This doesn't have to depend upon having a PhysEd teacher or a nurse nearby.

    As reported in The Republic (Columbus, Indiana) from an API story.

    Staffers revive Columbia Falls High School student who collapsed in gym class

    KALISPELL, Mont. — Columbia Falls High School staffers used CPR and an automated external defibrillator to restore the heartbeat of a 16-year-old student who collapsed during gym class.

    The Daily Inter Lake reports ( health and physical education teacher Troy Bowman and school nurse Cathy Dragonfly aided the boy Wednesday morning. He was then taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit later Wednesday.

    Superintendent Michael Nicosia says it is unclear what caused the student to collapse.

    [Blogger's note: If the AED restored his heartbeat, the cause of his collapse was most likely Sudden Cardiac Arrest.]

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