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March 27th

Therapeutic Hypothermia works wonders.

WRIGTHSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) – James Glasgow, 36 of Mt. Pleasant, SC, collapsed earlier this month while running in the Wrightsville Beach Marathon.

He went down less than a mile from the finish line and was given a 5-8 percent chance of survival.

"I was a hundred yards away from the finish line," said Glasgow more than a week after the collapse. "[I] sat down, crossed my legs and just layed back on the sidewalk."

A bystander saw Glasgow lying on the sidewalk and started doing CPR. An EMT crew came over two minutes later to take over. They paddled the runner and then took him to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where doctors used the Arctic Sun technique to keep Glasgow alive.

March 26th

Denmark gets 4x improvement in SCA survival with Bystander CPR, AED

Widespread CPR training saves lives
March 26, 2012 in Cardiology
A nationwide effort in Denmark to increase the number of people trained in CPR led to an increase in bystander CPR and ultimately contributed to increased cardiac arrest survival rates in that country, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session. The Scientific Session, the premier cardiovascular medical meeting, brings cardiovascular professionals together to further advances in the field.

March 19th

When you get someone back, keep them on their back until the ambulance arrives. **

Man Dies During Flag Football Game at W-L High School


A 22-year-old man died Saturday after collapsing while playing football at Washington-Lee High School.

The man collapsed at about 5:40 p.m. during a flag football game. Police say witnesses immediately began treating the man, who briefly regained consciousness, but he was later pronounced dead in a local hospital.

“He was able to stand up and ask ‘what was happening’ before collapsing again,” said Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. “Witnesses on scene, including an ACPD officer and a nurse, were able to immediately begin CPR until medics arrived.”

So far, police have not confirmed the man’s identity, but friends of the victim have taken to Twitter to help mourn his passing.

** unless the victim is vomiting, in which case you need to roll them to their left side, just far enough so that it's easier to manage the airway.

March 16th

How many times do we have to see this before half of us get trained?

Lightning hits softball player, eyewitness runs to do CPR on her

Posted: Mar 16, 2012 4:29 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 16, 2012 5:07 PM EDT
By Valerie Chin

Seymour, IN (WDRB) -- A Seymour High School student is struck by lightning during softball practice, but the quick action by a chiropractor helped save her life.

Chiropractor Dr. Levi Nehrt was working with a patient and happened to look outside the window when he saw softball player 14-year-old Emily Bobb get hit by lightning.

He says, "I saw a flash of light.. blinding, the flash of white. After that, I saw her go straight to the ground. It takes you a couple seconds to realize what you saw."

He then ran across the street to the softball field, scaled a fence, and got to Emily who was laying on the ground not breathing. Her shoes and socks he said were shredded from the lightning, showing just how powerful it was. He performed CPR on her until paramedics arrived.

March 13th

Maybe he should ask his cardiologist about implanted cardio defibrillators?

Wife's Knowledge of CPR Helps Save Her Husband a Second Time

By Andrew Meacham
Tampa Bay Times
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.

Barbara Sweda knew something was wrong with her husband Saturday morning.

Gerald Sweda, 69, had just returned to their car from downtown's Saturday market.

Then he went silent, wouldn't answer his wife's questions and started breathing roughly.

A retired nurse who had worked in coronary care, Barbara Sweda, 63, knew she had little time to act.

Her husband was having a heart attack.

This wasn't the first time she had seen that look in her husband's face.

One evening in 2005, Gerald Sweda slumped to the floor of their condo as his wife cleaned up from dinner.

She gave him CPR. He woke up before help arrived. He lived.

Now it was happening again.

March 8th

We have got to get over several bad assumptions...

You might be amazed to find how many people feel that cardiac arrests happen only to older folks, that there's really not much you can do - most of the people who arrest stay dead, and that they will never see a sudden cardiac arrest happen.I encounter that all the time.

First of all, hundreds of high-school students arrest every year. Second of all, while the overall survival rate across the country is only a little above one in twenty, there are islands of excellence throughout the nation where survival rates are in the fifty ro seventy-five percent range. This knowledge is important, because it's an existence proof that we can do better,

Here's the story of a young lad who died in January and is back at school now.



Student who suffered cardiac arrest returns to RWHS
It’s been about six weeks since Red Wing High School student Tomas collapsed and suffered cardiac arrest while running laps during phys ed.

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