Archive - Jan 4, 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - Jan 4, 2012 - SCA Article

53 Deputies to Be Trained and Equipped with AEDs

SEATTLE, WA--The King County sheriff's office says 53 deputies are being trained and equipped with portable heart defibrillators so they can be dispatched to cardiac arrest calls along with medics. A deputy who arrives first at a call can start resuscitation and deliver the first defibrillator shocks. Medics can then take over.

Dr. Mickey Eisenberg of King County Emergency Medical Services said Wednesday the move "will definitely save lives." Fifteen deputies have already been trained and equipped with the remainder joining the program over the next few months as they complete training. All the deputies involved have asked to participate.

SOURCE: AP

Therapeutic Hypothermia Underutilized in U.S. Hospitals

NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Therapeutic hypothermia has been proven to reduce mortality and improve neurologic outcomes after a heart attack, yet it was rarely used in a sample of more than 26,000 patients, according to a study published in Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Therapeutic hyperthermia was used in only 0.35% of cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in this study.

The authors, Pratik Patel, Sayona John, Rajeev Garg, Richard Temes, Thomas Bleck, and Shyam Prabhakaran, from Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, state that “Continued education, dissemination of evidence-based guidelines to community hospitals, the development of and preferential transport of patients to designated cardiac arrest treatment centers, and enhanced reimbursement may help increase its application in clinical practice.”

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