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February 27th

Impaired family functioning

My brother suffered a cardiac arrest on March 20, 2011. On March 25th he suffered another 10...yes ten arrests. He was in the cardiac ICU at the time, and thankfully the staff responded quickly to his needs. He had to shocked 150 times during this crisis. After this happened an Impella device was implanted to help with his heart recover. TO make a long story short, and also to keep from crying and having a flashback, my brother is at home and doing physically wonderful! My question to anyone what can my family do to help my sister in law cope with the stress at home? My sister in law has two children. My nephew is 3 and he has Down Syndrome, and my neice is 17 months old. She is constantly urging my brother to help with everything and demanding things be done. My brother tries his hardest and he seems that it is not enough. She did tell me he does get aggressive and impatient with her. He begins to yell at her and degrade her.

February 7th

Mr. Ryks, the answer to the implied question at the end is that the odds are more than 90% that she would have stayed dead.

Automated external defibrillator helps revive woman at Duluth airport
Bystanders used an automated external defibrillator and CPR to revive a woman who collapsed at Duluth International Airport on Sunday afternoon.

By: Steve Kuchera, Duluth News Tribune

The woman was waiting to go through security when she collapsed. Bystanders, including a nurse, couldn’t find a pulse or sign of breathing. A Transportation Security Administration supervisor ran to get one of the terminal’s automated external defibrillators.

AEDs are portable devices that, when attached to a patient, automatically
detect whether the person’s heart is beating irregularly. If so, the device instructs the user to administer an electric shock, which can spur an irregularly beating heart back into a normal, effective beat.

The nurse administered at least one shock and performed CPR until the woman became responsive.

Can you spot the one thing that would have increased his chances of getting out of the hospital with major brain function intact

Teamwork helped fallen 8th-grade Jessie Clark player after he collapsed
By Jim Warren — jwarren [at] herald-leader [dot] com

Posted: 12:12pm on Feb 7, 2012; Modified: 2:20pm on Feb 7, 2012

Read more here:

Fayette County school district officials said Tuesday fast action by an athletic trainer, safety procedures that worked according to plan and some good fortune came into play after eighth-grader collapsed at a baseball conditioning drill Monday afternoon.
The Jessie Clark Middle School student, identified as Benjamin Highland, was reported in critical condition Tuesday morning at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. on the baseball field at Lafayette High School.

February 6th

Maybe you can help me understand why.

What follows is a recounting of something that happens every day. But it almost always only happens when someone steps up and performs Bystander CPR.

Why is it that Bystander CPR is performed only one third of the time?

Seriously, I'd like to have your opinion. We're trying to fix the problem, and while almost everybody says "Hey. That's a good idea. I need to get trained." it's rare to find a population that is more than 35% trained, and only a third of the cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR.

Here's the story of another save.



Lafayette General honored a Lafayette woman with the Making a Difference award for going above and beyond, giving life saving CPR to a jogger who had collapsed.

Monday, January 9th started as any other day for Gary Dodson. He went to work and then around 11:30 went home for lunch and was planning on continuing his normal routine.

February 4th

Skip getting trained & maybe your psychiatrist will be able to buy that new car.

Acadiana bureau
February 04, 2012

“I’m a living example: This is what knowing CPR can do.” Gary Dodson, who received CPR after a heart attack while jogging

LAFAYETTE — For years, Gary Dodson put off attending free bystander CPR training held annually at the Cajundome.

But that changed this year, he told a crowd gathered in the lobby of Lafayette General Medical Center.

“You can make a difference. … Everyone needs to know it,” he said.

And no one knows that better than Dodson, who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest Jan. 9 while jogging in Girard Park.

“My heart stopped,” Dodson said.

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