Archive - Feb 2010 - SCA Article

Archive - Feb 2010 - SCA Article

February 23rd

Dana Edelson, MD, MS, Elected to SCA Foundation Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH–Dana Peres Edelson, MD, MS, has been elected to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Edelson is Director of Clinical Research at the University of Chicago's Emergency Resuscitation Center and Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.

"We are delighted that Dr. Edelson will be joining our team," said Bobby Khan, MD, PhD, Board Chair. "We are very impressed with her expertise and distinguished honors and awards. Dr. Edelson will be a tremendous asset to our organization as we continue to raise awareness and save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest."

Dr. Edelson, who has been called "a rising star" by her colleagues, was recognized as the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium Young Investigator of the Year in 2005 and 2007.

Cheney's Hospitalization Puts Spotlight on Heart Disease

Former Vice
President Dick Cheney's recent hospitalization for chest pains puts a spotlight
on heart disease — the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States.

The 69-year-old
Republican, who served as Vice President from 2001 to 2009 in the
administration of George W. Bush, was said to be resting comfortably Monday at
George Washington Hospital, Washington D.C.

"His doctors
are evaluating the situation," a statement from his office said.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Police Save Another Life

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix police officer used a defibrillator to help save a passenger's life at Sky Harbor International Airport Monday morning.

According to an airport spokeswoman, a 50-year-old passenger collapsed in line at a security checkpoint at 5:35 a.m. Phoenix police Officer Brian Warren responded to the scene and found the passenger not breathing. Two witnesses, who happened to be nurses, were performing CPR. Warren reportedly used an Airport automated external defibrillator (AED) to shock the unidentified passenger one time. Phoenix police Officers Kim Walsh, Tim Essick and Paul Rooks arrived and took turns administering CPR. Phoenix firefighters transported the patient to the hospital in critical condition.

February 18th

Physio-Control Resumes Unrestricted Global Shipments of its Lifepak Defibrillators

REDMOND, WASH.– Physio‐Control Inc., a wholly‐owned subsidiary of Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), announced today it received notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that having successfully met requirements for improvements to the quality system, the company may resume unrestricted worldwide shipments of its external defibrillators.

In May 2008, Physio‐Control signed a Consent Decree with the FDA to address issues the Agency raised during inspections of the company’s quality system. Under the terms of this agreement, Physio‐Control was permitted to ship a limited number of products to emergency care providers to meet public health and safety needs until quality system improvements were completed.

County Executive Steinhaus Presents First Municipality Wide HEART Safe Community Designation to Rhinebeck

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY-- Dutchess
County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Commissioner of Health Michael C.
Caldwell presented the three newest HEART Safe Community designations today at
the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast at the
Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, including Dutchess County’s first two municipality
wide HEART Safe designations for the Town and Village of Rhinebeck.

FDA: Cardiac Science Corrective Action Is Inadequate

Cardiac Science is in Ongoing Discussions with FDA

BOTHELL, WA --  Medical devices maker Cardiac Science Corp. (CSCX: News ) recently received a warning letter from the United States Food and Drug Administration, which notes inadequacies in the voluntary field corrective action announced by the company on November 13, 2009 relating to a component issue, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday.

After having inspected the company in the third quarter of 2009, the agency says the company is not in compliance with various Current Good Manufacturing Practice, or CGMP, requirements under applicable FDA regulations.

Good Samaritans with AED Save Pregnant Woman at Fitness Club

FORT WAYNE, Ind.--Some good samaritans and a small medical device are getting credit for saving the life of a pregnant Fort Wayne mother.While jogging on a treadmill last Tuesday, Lisa Wood's heart suddenly stopped. She says she never felt pain, but noticed a faster heart rate before going unconscious.

YMCA employee Ryan Quandt was on duty when he heard the YMCA alarm. He immediately left his station and quickly grabbed an Automated External Defibrillator or AED. The device sends an electrical shock to the heart to get it beating again. Within minutes, Quandt and an off duty Fort Wayne firefighter were able to bring Wood back.

"I was just thinking about what I had to do. And hoping I didn't mess it up," Quandt remembered.

The small machine not only saved Wood, but her baby too. She is nearly five months pregnant.

Arrhythmia Alliance - UK Town Leads the Way in Installing Life-Saving Public Defibrillators

Shipston-on-Stour,
United Kingdom--
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) kills more people a year than breast cancer, lung
cancer and AIDS combined, but a Midlands charity, Arrhythmia Alliance, is
aiming to cut the risk of death from SCA by introducing life-saving emergency
equipment in public places across the country – with the Warwickshire town of
Shipston-on-Stour being one of the first.

February 15th

Philips Recalls Some HeartStart Defibrillators

Philips said Monday it is recalling about 5,400 HeartStart FR2 automated external defibrillators due to a possible memory chip failure that could make the device unable to work properly.

The defibrillators are used by trained responders and designated response teams to help treat sudden cardiac arrest.

Only certain defibrillators are included in the recall. They are the FR2 AEDs distributed by Philips that have model numbers M3860A and M3861A, as well as others distributed by Laerdal Medical with model numbers M3840A and M3841A. All recalled models were made between May 2007 and January 2008.

The Dutch firm, known formally as Royal Philips Electronics, said it has had no reports of any injuries. The defects were detected in internal tests, the company said.

February 12th

Former President Bill Clinton Experiences Chest Discomfort, Seeks Professional Help

Former president Bill Clinton was released Friday morning from a New York hospital, where he stayed overnight after doctors inserted two stents into a clogged coronary artery after he complained of chest pains. The one-hour procedure went smoothly, according to his cardiologist. Clinton, 63, was released from New York Presbyterian Hospital's campus at Columbia University early Friday morning "in excellent health" and will soon return to his work on Haiti's relief and long-term recovery, his office said.
(SOURCE: The Washington Post)

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