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October 27th

It's nice not being needed!

I also serve as a Medical First Responder in the community where I live.

Last week I was toned out to respond to a local church where a person had passed out.

By the time I got there, two people in attendance at the church had determined non-responsiveness, called 911, determined non-normal breathing, begun CPR, retrieved the AED, applied it, and had a living, breathing Cardiac Arrest Survivor on their hands. The victim was transported and now has a pacemaker.

That, my friends, is how we solve the problem of too many dying form SCA's: Available AEDs and people who know how to recognize a Sudden Cardiac Arrest when it happens and what to do!

It's nice not being needed!


October 26th

How many AEDs do public buildings need?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - 61st District Court Judge Benjamin Logan is undergoing tests to determine the extent of the damage done by the heart attack the long-serving jurist suffered this week.

Logan was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday after suffering that heart attack in his courtroom.

The ability to save lives in the event of a heart attack at the first sign of distress has increased dramatically in the last decade, thanks in part to automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.

Surprisingly, there is only one AED for the entire 12-story Grand Rapids courthouse. But that number doesn't tell the entire story.

The Kent County sheriff's deputies who handle security at the courthouse began CPR -- the most critical life-saving step -- on Logan almost immediately.

They also called for the courthouse's lone AED, which is kept in a locked room on the first floor of the building.

October 23rd

How Sweden’s New Text Message Plan Is Saving Cardiac Arrest Victims

By using text messages, the city of Stockholm, Sweden is getting emergency responders to cardiac arrest victims faster.

Here’s how it works. Volunteers who are trained in CPR are added to a network called SMSlivräddare, (or SMSLifesaver). When a resident dials 112 (the equivalent of 911 in the states), a text message is sent to all CPR volunteers who are within 500 meters of the person needing emergency care. This way, a volunteer may get to the patient faster than an ambulance.

The likelihood of survival from cardiac arrest drops 10% for every minute it takes first responders to arrive. CPR administered by bystanders has been found to significantly increase the likelihood of survival, but not everyone feels comfortable doing it, or even knows how.

The Importance of Taking Immediate Action, Critical Minutes Outside 10 Minutes Outside the Los Angeles Airport

VANCOUVER ACTOR SONJA Bennett has prepared for a lot of roles over the years, but she admits that she wasn’t ready for one she took on in a harrowing real-life drama.

On March 18, Bennett had just gotten off a plane in Los Angeles with a long-time friend and collaborator, local film producer Kevin Eastwood. (Author’s note: Eastwood is my brother-in-law.) The two were headed to meetings for a movie script she has written called Preggoland. After taking a shuttle from the airport to the nearby car-rental hub, they had just started walking from one kiosk to another when things took a drastic turn.

“Kevin clutched his heart and took two sharp inhalations and then just fell forward onto the cement,” Bennett says during an interview in a Commercial Drive coffee shop. “I didn’t spend very long asking, ‘Are you okay?’ Once he didn’t respond, I called 911 right away.”

The Janet Fund, Remembering Warren Girl, to Donate AEDs to NJ Schools

This month, in recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and in support of Janet’s Law, The Janet Fund in Martinsville — started by the Zilinski family of Warren in memory of their daughter — will be donating 20 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to New Jersey schools.

Janet’s Law was signed by Governor Christie on September 21, 2012. The law goes into effect on September 1, 2014 and requires all New Jersey public and private schools to have an AED available in an unlocked, accessible location within close proximity to the gymnasium or athletic field, five trained responders, signs providing direction to the location of the AED and the establishment of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest emergency action plan.

October 19th

Surviving Cardiac Arrest Survey

Thank you to those who chose to participate in our survey project. It is my hope that this is a first step in making medical providers, researchers, and everyone aware of the gaps in post-arrest education, discharge planning, and resources.

If you have not completed the survey and would like to, please do so before November 1.
If you have not completed the survey and do not intend to, I apologize for the potentially annoying reminder emails/newsletters.


Heart attack victim Gallacher plans defibrillator campaign

By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher wants more defibrillators available on British golf courses after suffering a heart attack while on an engagement in his native Scotland in August.

The 64-year-old is now on the road to recovery and making plans to lead a campaign for defibrillators to be widely available at courses.

"While undertaking an engagement for a corporate client in Aberdeen, Bernard was taken ill and spent 15 days under the excellent care of medical staff in Aberdeen, seven days of which were in intensive care," his management team said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Bernard went into cardiac arrest on three occasions. Thanks to the composed and quick thinking of staff and guests at the engagement, as well as quick access to a defibrillator, Bernard is on his way to a full recovery with no long term effects expected.

Dick Cheney reveals heart defibrillator was altered to thwart terrorist hacks

Former US vice-president Dick Cheney has revealed that his heart implant was altered to prevent terrorists from hacking into it.

Mr Cheney, who was former president George W Bush's right-hand man in the "war on terror," has had a long history of heart troubles.

Prior to his heart transplant nearly two years ago, Mr Cheney underwent a series of life-saving procedures, including an implanted defibrillator.

But his doctor, cardiologist Jonathan Reiner, had the device's wireless function disabled when it was replaced in 2007 so that terrorists could not trigger a fatal shock to his heart.

"I was aware of the danger... that existed... I found it credible," Mr Cheney told CBS television.

"I know from the experience we had and the necessity for adjusting my own device, that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible."

October 16th

Israeli develops a "watch" that can potentially stop heart attack deaths


It looks like a watch, but it's a sophisticated blood-oxygen heart-rate monitor
From ISRAEL21c

About half of all people at risk of death from heart attacks could gain the chance to live, once Israeli entrepreneur Leon Eisen’s new Oxitone device goes to market in about 18 months.

Using two optical sensors, and another special high-tech tool, he’s developed the world’s first “watch” that can just about tell when your time may be up.

It’s no joke: Oxitone was developed to cheat fate.

Eisen tells ISRAEL21c that about half of the people who die from cardiac or pulmonary arrest would be alive if someone had been there to get them to the hospital in time. Oxitone is made to be worn on the wrist to provide a heads-up for someone to get medical assistance on their own, before it’s too late.

October 11th

Parkview Heart Institute has first subcutaneous implantable defibrillator in Indiana

Parkview Heart Institute announced it was the first hospital in Indiana to implant the new Boston Scientific S-ICD® System, the world's first and only commercially available subcutaneous implantable defibrillator.
The recently FDA-approved device establishes a new category of protection for patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest. Parkview Heart Institute is the only site currently performing this procedure in the state because the Parkview Research Center was the only Indiana research facility approved to participate in the clinical research trials.
Drs. Michael J. Mirro and David E. Schleinkofer, both with Parkview Physicians Group – Cardiology, performed the procedure.

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