Archive - Nov 2011 - SCA Article

Archive - Nov 2011 - SCA Article

November 27th

AHA Reaffirms Need for AEDs in Hospitals

DALLAS–The American Heart Association (AHA) takes issue with the article originally appearing on Nov. 14 as “Bad Shock…” by Lilly Fowler.

The article raised questions about how the AHA developed its guidelines for the use of AEDs in hospitals. The writing group for this recommendation followed AHA policy requiring a clear majority of authors to have no relationships with industry (RWI), and that no one with RWI be allowed to vote on any recommendation.

The AHA has consistently enforced strong policies to guard against influence of industry in the development of our guidelines. Our mission is to save lives. It is clear that early defibrillation saves lives. Without it, victims with shockable rhythms have virtually no chance of survival.

November 25th

Four Saves in One Week

OTTAWA--A 61-year-old man who collapsed on the ice during a hockey game Friday night was the fourth man in a week revived with an automatic external defibrillator by a bystander.

Dan Séguin, a sports journalist with CBC, was in net when his defenseman crumpled right in front of him.

“He just basically collapsed to the ice,” Séguin said Saturday. “When I looked at him, there was no response already and his ear was blue.”

The referee blew the whistle during the game Friday at the Kanata Recreation Complex and the scene became chaotic as players scrambled to help the man, Séguin said.

But off-duty firefighter Pat Aubrey, 51, saw that the 61-year-old defenseman had collapsed and immediately went to the man’s aid.

The man was breathing heavily and Aubrey thought he may have fainted. Aubrey said the man’s color began to change, his eyes rolled back into his head and his pulse faded.

Grandfather of Hockey Player Saved at Rink with AED


November 22nd

Pittsburgh News Anchor Survives Cardiac Arrest

PITTSBURGH--KDKA-TV news anchor Susan Koeppen remains hospitalized after suffering cardiac arrest while running with friends.

Koeppen, an award-winning journalist who returned to Pittsburgh airways on Sept. 19 to co-anchor KDKA's 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, was stricken Sunday while running near the intersection of Centre and South Negley avenues in Shadyside.

City police said running partners began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and that a passerby used an automated external defibrillator from a nearby business until paramedics arrived.

KDKA general manager Christopher Pike would only say Koeppen was off the air Monday night. He refused further comment "to abide by her family's wishes."

Koeppen was a consumer reporter and weekend anchor for WTAE-TV before becoming the consumer correpsondent for CBS News' "The Early Show" in 2004.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune Review

November 21st

Seeking Volunteers for Pens Charity ASSIST Raffle

Pens Charity ASSIST RaffleThe Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh, PA, works hard to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death in the United States.

The Foundation has been accepted by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation as one of several area nonprofit organizations that will be featured during its Pens Charity ASSIST Raffle this season. One nonprofit is selected for every home game--and the Foundation's night is Tuesday, November 13.

Two Runners Die During Philadelphia Marathon

PHILADELPHIA -- Authorities say two who ran in the Philadelphia Marathon collapsed during the race and died of apparent "heart attacks."

Philadelphia police Officer Jillian Russell, a spokeswoman, says a 21-year-old man collapsed at the finish line. She says a 40-year-old man collapsed about a quarter-mile before the finish line. Russell says both were taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Melanie Johnson, executive director of The Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend, says their names were not being released pending notification of relatives. She says in a statement that organizers are "deeply saddened."

SOURCE: THe Huffington Post

November 18th

National Post-Arrest Research Consortium Will Study Post-Arrest Patients

Four internationally renowned academic medical centers have joined forces to look at what happens to cells after the heart restarts following cardiac arrest. Virginia Commonwealth University, Beth Israel-Deaconess/Harvard University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania have created the National Post-Arrest Research Consortium (NPARC).

“Most large, single institutions treat approximately 10 to 12 patients a year. As the regional referral center for cardiac arrest treatment and Level I Trauma Center, VCU Medical Center treats about 70 or 80 post-arrest patients annually,” said Dr. Mary Ann Peberdy, professor of internal medicine and emergency medicine at VCU. “The three other consortium members are similar to us in terms of treatments and patient volumes.”

Withdrawal of Care May Occur Too Soon in Cardiac Arrest Patients Who Receive Hypothermia Treatment

Patients often regain consciousness 3 days or more after arrest

ORLANDO -- Physicians may be making premature predictions about which patients are not likely to survive following cardiac arrest – and even withdrawing care -- before the window in which comatose patients who have received therapeutic hypothermia are most likely to wake up, according to two new studies from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The research helps to better define the proper timeframe and manner in which doctors may be able to predict which patients will regain consciousness after the use of therapeutic hypothermia, which preserves brain and other organ function following cardiac arrest. Patients treated with hypothermia often don't regain consciousness until three or more days after their cardiac arrest, according Penn research presented earlier this week at the American Heart Association's annual Scientific Sessions.

November 17th

Man Saved at Hockey Rink Thanks to AED

SASKATOON--A man’s life was saved in Saskatoon thanks to an automated external defibrillator on-site at a local hockey rink.

According to MD Ambulance, paramedics responded Sunday around 11:20 a.m. to the Agri-Twins Arena, where a 58-year-old man collapsed while playing hockey. The staff at the arena called 911 and then, with the help of a licensed practical nurse who happened to be in the building, defibrillated the man. When paramedics arrived, the 58 year old was breathing on his own. He was taken by ambulance to Royal University Hospital in stable condition.

Can Twitter Save Lives?

Penn researchers' probe of social media discussion on cardiac arrest reveals new avenues for public health education

ORLANDO – Discussion about cardiac arrest on Twitter is common and represents a new opportunity to provide lifesaving information to the public, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The Penn investigators presented two studies examining cardiac arrest-information exchange on the social media site today at the American Heart Association's annual Scientific Sessions.

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