Archive - Jul 2013 - Blog entry

Archive - Jul 2013 - Blog entry


July 30th

Heart Attack vs Sudden Cardiac Arrest

In my brief involvement in this area, I find it shocking that other than those in the medical field, I would say more than 90% of common folks do not even know the difference between a Heart Attack and a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

But its not that hard to explain and people get it, once you tell them that the Heart is a pump that needs Electricity and Fluid (Blood).

Take away any one of these and the pump is in trouble. Take away or restrict the fluid and a potion of the pump dies. Depending on size and location of the area affected a person may survive. THIS IS A HEART ATTACK

Take away the electrical power and the pump stops. PERIOD. Sudden Cardiac Arrest!

We need to educate!! People do not know

July 27th

Some Metro Station Defibrillators Aren't In Their Public Boxes - This hurts

See the end of this post for the author's ID and contact info.

Photo by Twitter user SCG703.

All Metro stations are supposed to be equipped with automated external defibrillators, lifesaving devices that can shock a person's heart back into a normal rhythm. But as one advocacy group recently pointed out, some aren't in the public boxes marked "Emergency Defibrillator."

A great blog post by Sabrina Wilber of the Metropolitan Transit Advocacy Group, a recently launched group focused on Metro rider safety and representation started in part by Chris Barnes of Fix WMATA, first raised the issue.'

July 25th

Hypothermia is Making a Comeback in Medicine

Cooling patients who have suffered cardiac arrest can lessen damage to the brain; now researchers are looking for other ways to use induced hypothermia.

The last Dr. Peter Franklin remembers, he was lying on a table in the cardiac catheterization lab in a Miami hospital when his chest started to hurt.

Then he died. The medical team raced to restart Franklin’s heart, then placed a stent in a blocked artery to allow blood to again flow freely. His doctors also worked to save his brain, using a technique that’s as old as ancient Greece — hypothermia.

Don't Skip Breakfast!

Skipping breakfast increases the risk of heart attack among middle-aged men by more than a quarter, a study has found.

The evidence suggests the old adage about breakfast being the most important meal of the day might be right.

Researchers in the US analysed diet and lifestyle data on 26,902 male health professionals aged 45 and over.

Over a period of 16 years, men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27% greater risk of having a heart attack or dying from heart disease than those who did not.

The same men were more likely to smoke, drink more alcohol, be unmarried and to be less physically active.

However, these factors and others, such as body weight, medical history and overall diet quality, were taken into account by the scientists.

July 23rd

Sudden Cardiac Deaths Among Volunteer Firefighters--and Everyone Else

Thankfully, the number of deaths among volunteer firefighters in the U.S. has declined to a record low--27 such deaths in 2012. During the same time period, the overall incidence of sudden cardiac death in the U.S. was about 324,000 (359,400 x 90 percent survival). So, the number of people dying from sudden cardiac arrest every hour in the U.S. (~37) is roughly equivalent to the number of volunteer firefighters who die each year from SCA (27). Maybe we ought to be applying what is working for volunteer firefighters to the general public. 

July 20th

Helping Bystanders Perform CPR Until EMS Is "Hands-On"

SLICC has officially begun promoting an alternative CPR technique for those who are - for one of a variety of reasons cannot perform guideline-compliant manual chest compressions.


Here's the announcement letter that just went out:

Thank you all very much for your comments and suggestions - and encouragement. The announcement video has been modified and can be viewed at
The video shows someone treating a sudden cardiac death in a 40+ year old and highlights the dismal probability that a lone rescuer will be able to perform Guideline-Compliant Chest Compressions ("GC3's") from the time of the arrest until the "hands-on" arrival of the EMS crew.

SLICC's video recommends that Bystanders "perform manual compressions unless:

July 10th

L.A. Fire Department is asked to broaden its tech reach.

Councilman Mike Bonin seeks to expand the overhaul of the aging systems that have contributed to longer 911 response times. He suggests tablet computers, such as iPads, for firefighters in the field. With the aim of improving 911 response times, a new Los Angeles city councilman is pushing for a far-reaching plan to expand the Fire Department's overhaul of its aging technology systems. Mike Bonin has asked the LAFD and city technology officials to develop a "master plan" to better coordinate a series of upgrades being made to the department's dispatching and data systems. Among other things, he wants city officials to work with private-sector experts to explore creating new applications that firefighters can use on tablet computers, such as Apple's popular iPad.

With the advent of modern technology in the hands of our emergency personnel, we can be assured that lifesaving measures such as AED application and early CPR will be utilized in the quickest manner.

July 6th

James Gandolfini Death Could Have Been Prevented If Hotel Had AED Says UCLA Cardiologist

ALLENTOWN, Pa., July 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- American Med Supply advises all travelers to book a hotel equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) since James Gandolfini's recent death could have been prevented if his hotel had an AED according to a UCLA cardiologist.
"James Gandolfini absolutely may have survived if hotel personnel had used an AED when they found him," said Dr. Matthew Budoff, an associate professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA and a renowned cardiologist, during an interview with the National Enquirer.

'OK Glass, Save A Life.' The Application Of Google Glass In Sudden Cardiac Death

Google GOOG +0.79% Glass has made its way into healthcare. Its use in the operating room and in medical education has been profiled here. Yet the magic of Glass will be found in the applications that can make this “technology” into real-world solutions for health and medicine. It’s a bit like the smart phone and how its realization is a function of the countless app that bring the device to life.

Christian Assad, MD has taken the next step with Glass and developing a practical app that can turn Glass into a real life-saver. He recently profiles this application on his blog and I believe it’s an important turn of events that showcase just how technology can be applied to medicine and public health issues. Here’s how it presents the concept in his blog–Google Glass and augmented CPR.


1) Person walking, witnesses someone passing out (syncope)
2) Individual says “OK GLASS, CPRGLASS”

July 3rd

Nurse volunteers spread awareness about sudden cardiac arrest

Every time Jenny Keylon, RN, BSN, teaches students how to perform CPR and use an AED, she watches them conquer their fears about saving lives. As a volunteer with the Nick of Time Foundation in Mill Creek, Wash., she regularly demonstrates these basic lifesaving skills to students.

Keylon, an electrophysiology nurse at Seattle Children’s Hospital, is one of about 100 RNs — along with physicians, allied health professionals and community members — whose volunteer efforts with the foundation are helping prevent sudden cardiac arrest in youth across the state. The nonprofit foundation aims to educate schools, athletes, families and communities about which steps to take if someone goes into SCA.

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