Archive - 2013 - Blog entry

Archive - 2013 - Blog entry

December 30th

Memory problems after resuscitation

I was wondering if anyone can tell me of their experience with memory problems after being resuscitated. A family member suffered sudden cardiac arrest about 5 weeks ago and is doing quite well physically but can't remember family members and life experiences. Is this normal? I would appreciate any information about experiences and was wondering how long before everything will come back. I appreciate any information.

December 26th

Taking Life Into Your Own Hands

Millions of people have been trained in CPR in recent decades, yet when people who aren’t in hospitals collapse from a sudden cardiac arrest, relatively few bystanders attempt resuscitation. Only one-fourth to one-third of those who might be helped by CPR receive it before paramedics arrive.

With so many people trained, why isn’t bystander CPR done more often?

For one thing, people forget what to do: the panic that may ensue is not conducive to accurate recall. Even those with medical training often can’t remember the steps just a few months after learning them. Rather than make a mistake, some bystanders simply do nothing beyond calling 911, even though emergency dispatchers often tell callers how to perform CPR.

Then there is the yuck factor: performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a stranger. So pervasive is the feeling of reluctance that researchers decided to study whether rescue breathing is really necessary.

December 16th

Henry Ford Hospital Implants New Defibrillator for People at Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

DETROIT, Dec. 16, 2013 -- /PRNewswire/ -- A new internal defibrillator, on the cusp of a new standard of care in American cardiology to treat patients for a major heart risk, is being used at Henry Ford Hospital.

Compared to the current devices used to treat sudden cardiac arrest, the new internal defibrillator has less risk of infection, no clots forming in blood vessels, no lead perforation through the heart wall, or puncturing the lining of the lung. Also, the lead is not subject to normal wear and tear of heart movement, as it is just under the skin, not inside the heart, which can cause breakdown of leads, thus needing to replace them.

Internal defibrillators are small devices, similar to pacemakers, which send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore its normal rhythm. The lead is the flexible electrical wire that conducts the shock from the defibrillator to the heart.

AED training added to school health requirements

While graduating from high school has many requirements, Washington students have another: training in saving lives.

Under House Bill 1556, students are now required to have training in using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to help save someone going into cardiac arrest. The law was passed on May 8 of this year, and it became effective at the end of July. Before graduating from high school, students are required to have taken a health class that offers CPR and AED training.

“This has real-world applications,” said Lt. John Payne, who works for the City of Bremerton Fire Department. Payne and a few others volunteer to train Bremerton High School students for emergency situations that may require resuscitation.

“I think it is a great mandate,” he said of the new policy. Payne noted that many requirements for students have been put in place that don’t necessarily apply to real-world situations.

This policy, however, does, Payne said.

December 13th

Putting the FDA's Recent Safety Communication in Context

Philips HeartStart FRx, Home, and OnSite AEDs are safe and effective, and owners should not hesitate to retrieve and use these life-saving devices in cardiac arrest emergencies. That’s the lead. Yet, you wouldn’t know that from all the frightening media headlines generated in response to the recent FDA safety communication regarding these AEDs. Nor from the plaintiff’s lawyers who are already soliciting cases involving these devices (imagine what they would say if one of these AEDs wasn’t used to try to save an SCA victim).

December 10th

Keep Your Holidays Happy and Healthy with Sudden Cardiac Arrest Protection

CardioReady offers a few revealing facts reinforcing the need for greater SCA preparedness in the workplace

As you toast your employees for another year of hard work and spread holiday cheer throughout the office, why not thank them with the best gift you can give - a safe work environment – all year round. CardioReady, a leader in helping organizations to prevent fatalities from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) through its turn-key solutions and training, is wishing organizations nationwide a healthful and joyful holiday season by offering a seasonal infographic to encourage employers to increase SCA preparedness as we head into the new year.

December 3rd

San Diego County to Adopt CPR Smartphone App

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a coupling of the region's emergency response system with a smartphone app that would notify people with CPR training when someone in their immediate vicinity is suffering sudden cardiac arrest.

County officials said sudden cardiac arrest can occur in outwardly healthy people, and it claims nearly 1,000 lives daily throughout the country. It can be treated with early CPR, defibrillation, advanced cardiac life support and mild therapeutic hypothermia, which is most effective when started in three to five minutes, officials said.

However, emergency response times can often be six minutes or longer, Supervisor Ron Roberts said.

"Clearly the faster first responders can get to the victim, the greater the opportunity for saving lives," Roberts said.

A different way of thinking about CPR

The American Heart Association teaches two types of CPR. For healthcare professionals, the BLS (Basic Life Support) class is required. For Bystanders, continuous chest compressions are taught for adults.

Understandably, a natural split has evolved along the lines of professional credentials: if you hold professional medical credentials, you perform BLS skills. If you do not, you perform what is taught in the bystander courses. But this may not be best for the victim.

A different way of deciding what to do when you witness an adult arrest is to ask yourself, "Am I going to have to call 911?" because if you are, then (1) you are not in a hospital or on an ambulance, and (2) you probably aren't going to be able to perform Guideline-Compliant Chest Compressions ("GC3's") from the time of the arrest until the "hands-on" arrival of the ambulance crew.

Today is #Giving Tuesday

Giving TuesdayBlack Friday and Cyber Monday have passed. Today is a day to give back.

It's Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving that celebrates the spirit of generosity. 

With your support, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, an official 2013 Giving Tuesday partner, named a 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits, can continue to conduct vital programs designed to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and help save lives.

November 30th

Is it just me?

My blog is really what I just wrote for my bio. Sorry, I am new here. I’m a 52 year old white male. Not fat, not skinny. Not sedate, not athletic. Work a fairly physical job. Paranoid my ENTIRE life about having a heart attack. I was constantly nagging doctors about terrible family history of heart disease most of my adult life to no avail. (Caveat: Not that I took care of myself!) Aug. 31, 2013, getting our house ready to sell with my wife and 15 year old stepdaughter, I start realizing that "don't feel real good." My wife says I'm probably hungry because all I had for breakfast was donuts (of all things!) I also come to realize my jaw hurt really, really bad and I was trying to figure that out. I sit down on the floor, and then I lay down on the floor. My wife leaves to get us all something for lunch. I tell my stepdaughter I feel dizzy and she props my feet up with a box.

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