Archive - 2014 - Blog entry

Archive - 2014 - Blog entry

February 27th

New class of drugs developed to treat cancer, reduces sudden cardiac death risk after heart attack

A researcher at the Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals has found that a new class of drugs, originally developed to treat cancer, reduces sudden cardiac death risk after a heart attack. The findings were published online in advance of print in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

"Currently, there are limited options to reduce sudden cardiac death following a heart attack," said principal investigator Samuel C. Dudley, M.D., Ph.D., chief of cardiology at the CVI. "The benefit of most drugs is limited, and they have additional side effects. Defibrillators are an option, but they cannot be safely implanted for 40 days following a heart attack."

Dudley continued, "This finding gives us hope for a new treatment model, and if approved, will provide physicians with new options to lower patients' risk of death from cardiac arrest."

February 19th

Poll Reveals Nearly 80 Percent of Employed Adults Can’t Locate Their Workplace’s Defibrillator

CINCINNATI — Each year, approximately 300,000 people suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) that require revival from an automated external defibrillator (AED). According to the results of a survey commissioned by Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), a leader in first-aid and safety programs, although many workplaces have AEDs on site, it’s likely that a majority of workers would not be prepared to locate and use the units. The survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive® among 2,019 adults ages 18 and older (of whom 916 are employed), found that 79 percent of employed adults do not know where their workplace’s AED is located.

February 3rd

What you need to do when you are not on the ambulance or in the hospital

OK, Teammates. Here's how it all sorts out:

First, if you see a person have a cardiac arrest and you are in an ambulance or in the Emergency Department, you already know what you need to do.

BUT, if you are in a situation where when you see someone arrest, you need to call for an ambulance - and I don't care whether you are a doctor, a nurse, a paramedic, or an EMT - the odds of your being able to perform Guideline-Compliant Chest Compressions ("GC3's") from the time of the arrest until the ambulance crew is "hands on" at the victim are slim-to-none.

First of all, we have studied chest compression stamina and chest compression depth, and I can assure you that you are an exception, if you are able to perform GC3's until the ambulance crew takes over, when you are using what we teach in a normal CPR class.

January 31st

Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche - SCA Survivor Story

July 1st, 2007 was a typical opening day at Woodruff Scout Reservation near Blairsville, Georgia. More than 900 scouts and 100 leaders were arriving to start a summer week full of fun activities. As Scoutmaster of Troop 182 in Jacksonville, Florida, I was proud to be part of 25 scouts and 8 adults going to camp. We had spent a couple of months planning this week and the boys were excited about this trip. For the first time in my adult Scouting time, my wife Flor was coming to a summer camp. I convinced her that spiders were not going to enter our tent thanks to our mosquito net.

I am sharing this personal story based on a recollection of testimonies from my wife, sons, scouts, and other adults. As you will read in the next paragraphs, I was not able to remember any of the events that happened that day. I lost seven days of my memory but the outcome of this story has allowed me to say that I am a double-blessed Scoutmaster.

January 20th

The Target Case Attracts a Crowd: Update on an Important AED Case

In the case of Verdugo v. Target, the California Supreme Court is considering whether there is a common law duty requiring commercial property owners in the state to have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available for use in situations involving sudden cardiac arrest. A number of outside parties on both sides of the question have now filed additional briefs setting the stage for some very interesting oral arguments (not yet scheduled) before the Supreme Court. This is one of the most important AED cases to come along and has the potential to profoundly affect public access defibrillation in the U.S.

January 1st

2 questions :)

Hi there! I am a 27 year old woman who suffered a SCA October 24th, 2013. My doctors are not sure what caused it since every test on my heart has checked out so they are leaning towards a pulmonary embolism as the cause but can't be 100% sure.

My first question is... has anyone received the new S-ICD from Boston Scientific? This Friday I go in for surgery for placement of the device. I've searched the net for others who have this device but I haven't came across anyone. I'm wondering what others have experienced after getting it.

My second question is... has anyone else had knee pain after being shocked by an AED? I never had knee pain before this. I've had all kinds of tests done on them, x-rays, MRI, CT scan, ect. and everything came back fine. My doctor suspects the shock injured my knees and that they will get better with time. It's been a little over 2 months and they are getting better but very slowly.

Thank you all for your time!

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