Archive - Dec 2012 - Blog entry

Archive - Dec 2012 - Blog entry


December 28th

Trying to connect with other Survivors

I had an SCA Sept 25, 2010. A day I will always remember, thankfully, from the stories of others. I have only to go by what I was told by others at the time. Apparently I said I feel faint and walla was dead. My husband and nephew were in the process of getting my body out of my truck when my son, whose birthday it was and thankfully is a paramedic, arrived and started CPR, who knew that 37 years ago when I gave birth to my son, he would then bring life back to me 37 years later... As soon as he stopped all pulses and heart beats stopped again. Waiting for the ambulance he just kept on with CPR and when the other paramedic and EMT arrived they used the AED. Again I did not maintain a heartrate but they loaded me into the ambulance and continued shocking me. After the 3rd shock they were able to keep my heartrate and with the intubation was taken to ER. Ended up in ICU on a medically induced coma and placed on ice for approx a day and a half.

Don't miss the point...

San Francisco, CA (updated) - What doesn't kill you is supposed to make you stronger, an adage that many a long-distance runner has clung to, but intriguing findings from a new study presented last week suggest the mortality benefits of running are best accumulated in shorter distances, specifically at less than 20 miles per week [1].

In fact, at longer distances, the researchers observed a U-shape relationship between all-cause mortality and running, with longer weekly distances trending back in the wrong direction, toward less mortality benefit.

December 17th

He Saved My Life!

Here is a link to the new blog of one of the firefighters who saved my life. He mentions a little bit of my story in his first post.



December 14th

Please Don't Make It Harder to Save Another Life by Reclassifying AEDs

This blog was previously published in The Huffington Post.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has launched a petition to the Food and Drug Administration to keep automated external defibrillators (AEDs) readily accessible for victims of sudden unexpected cardiac arrest, rather than increase regulatory hurdles that will hinder their deployment. The FDA is expected to make a decision before the end of the year. Please consider signing the petition today.


December 13th

Happy Re-Birthday, Justin Rephas!


Lindsey Rephas in MoldovaToday is the one-year anniversary of College of Charleston student Justin Rephas' brush with sudden cardiac arrest. 

Happy Rebirthday, Justin. And congratulations to Medical University of South Carolina nursing student Meg Skeele and Dr. Michael Bernard, bystanders who helped Justin "stay alive" with CPR. 

And thank you to Lindsey Rephas, Justin's sister, for sharing Justin's story with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. Lindsey is a Peace Corps volunteer, working to raise awareness about the importance of CPR in Moldova.

To read Justin's story, click here.

December 12th

MICR still paying off

Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates Triple For Ariz. FD

Survival rates have more than tripled for cardiac arrest patients in the Northwest Fire District (NWFD) as a result of a new treatment protocol and a close partnership with the University of Arizona Medical Center.

(see article at

Essentially, the overall survival rate has gone from 4.9% to 14.6% for all arrests and from 11.1% to 37.5% for witnessed arrests.

This builds on the MICR work Bobrow et al. published in JAMA in March 2008.

December 11th

Another piece of the compelling case...


The results of a Japanese study was published in today's issue of circulation.

The study showed that there is a significant advantage to the victim of an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest when the rescuers use compression-only CPR.

Be safe.

December 6th

Are you a gambler?

If you see an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest happen - and there's a 14% chance that you will at least once in your lifetime - and if we're not trained, that person will likely stay dead or be brought back with brain damage, just because you wouldn't spend a few hours every two years learning what to do when you see a cardiac arrest happen. There's more than an 80% chance that that victim will be a family member, a friend, or an acquaintance.

What you're really saying when you don't get trained is that you're willing to take an 11% chance that the family member, friend, or acquaintance you see die will stay dead.

Can you live with that?

...From the

It's remarkable that he made it back with that long a delay before defibrillation.

Published: December 6, 2012 3:00 a.m.
Frank Gray
Tuesday night, Patrick Carpenter finally got to see the hat that saved his life.

December 2nd

I Finally Submitted my Video for CNN Fit Nation 2013!!!

Good morning!

As you may have read a few weeks ago, I have had the goal to apply for the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Team. Well, I finally did it!

Here is a link to my video:

And here is a copy of my final essay:

Luck of the Irish

“Hello!” Dr. Gupta and the rest of the Fit Nation team. My name is Douglas Mogle and I am thirty-two years old. As a fourth grade teacher and high school soccer coach, I spend my days trying my best to inspire, educate, and lead my students in a safe (physically and emotionally) and fun learning environment. I emphasize to them that they need to “work really, really, hard” in order to reach success and excellence, and to pay attention to the details - because “details matter.” (My students are tired of that phrase!)

Ironically, I have not been adhering to my own advice, which is why I’m speaking to you today.

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