Archive - Jan 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - Jan 2012 - SCA Article

January 17th

Hockey Players to be Recognized for Lifesaving Actions

Kirkwood, MO--The Kirkwood City Council will recognize a group of hockey players whose prompt and decisive action saved the life of a fellow player during a game at the Kirkwood Ice Rink.

The Jaguars and the Renegades, of the Hockey North America League, were playing at the rink Nov. 14 when the Renegade's goaltender collapsed at 10:14 p.m., according to a statement from the City of Kirkwood.

Ice rink manager Mike Krafft quickly called 911. Brian Robinson, of the Jaguars, performed CPR on the victim while Craig Merrifield, of the Renegades, retrieved a public access automated external defibrillator (AED). Don Guenther, of the Jaguars, who was trained in using an AED, applied the device. Following audio instructions from the machine, Guenther delivered two shocks to restart the victim's heart. Robinson continued CPR between shocks and until paramedics arrived, the city says.

January 15th

Study: Intraosseous Vascular Access May Be Used for Therapeutic Hypothermia

SAN ANTONIO--The results of a study comparing whether Intraosseous (IO) vascular access may be used to infuse chilled saline as effectively as peripheral intravenous (IV) access to achieve therapeutic hypothermia found no statistical difference between the two routes. The findings were announced on January 12 at an oral presentation at the National Association of EMS Physicians 2012 Annual Meeting by Dr. Larry J. Miller and the Science and Clinical team from Vidacare Corporation, makers of the EZ-IO Intraosseous Infusion System.

Pediatricians Split on Heart Tests Before Kids' ADHD Meds

About 15 percent order EKGs; recent studies say drugs don't pose heart risk

Some pediatricians continue to do electrocardiograms (EKGs) on children before starting them on medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, new research suggests, even though many experts say the latest evidence shows it isn't really necessary.

Several years ago, reports of sudden death, heart attack and stroke among children and adults taking stimulants to treat ADHD caused alarm among parents and health care providers about the safety of the medications.

The reports prompted Canadian health authorities to briefly pull Adderall from the market in 2005, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now requires that ADHD drugs carry a "black box" label warning about potential heart risks.

January 13th

I Have A Dream--To Survive Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Actor Manages to Avoid Final Curtain Call

MINNEAPOLIS--Under the bright lights of Mixed Blood Theater, Warren Bowles is right at home.

He’s graced its stage for the last 40 years, but Saturday’s performance of “Dr. King’s Dream,” a role he’s played nearly 1,000 times, is in its own way a first.

“It makes me feel good to be back in the theater working,” said Bowles, an actor who went into cardiac arrest on stage.

The last time Warren was on stage at Mixed Blood Theater was in September. It was opening night for the play, “Neighbors,” and he was about to give a very unscripted performance.

“The stage manager knew something was wrong because I was a little far back stage. The light was hitting me at my legs instead of hitting up and I know enough to hit my light. That was very strange to him,” said Bowles.

A sudden cardiac arrest upstaged Warren.

“They say I stopped and just went over backwards,” he said.

January 11th

Genetic SCA Screening Test on the Horizon

CAMBRIDGE, MA-- GnuBIO, Inc., a pioneer in scalable desktop DNA sequencing and the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) have announced today that they will complete the development of a genetic panel in order to screen patients to determine the risk for sudden cardiac death, SCD. The MHI will work with GnuBIO to develop and validate a proprietary set of clinically relevant SCD genes in its collection of SCD patients using GnuBIO's scalable desktop DNA sequencing system. The result will be a clinically validated test the can be used to assess the risk of SCD in susceptible patients on a sequencing platform that will significantly reduce the time from patient to result. Financial details and royalties were not disclosed.

SCA Risk During Marathons Low, But Rising

Risk Higher for Men, College Athletes

The risk of cardiac arrest during a marathon or half-marathon is low, but has increased over the past decade, according to a U.S. study of nearly 11 million race entries.

Men face a greater risk than women, and full marathons are more dangerous than half marathons, with enlarged hearts and blocked arteries pegged as the biggest causes, according to findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The results suggest that runners and their doctors need to realize that heart disease can take its toll even on runners who otherwise seem to be the picture of health, said co-author Aaron Baggish of Massachusetts General Hospital.

"Being a runner is one of the best ways to stay healthy and reduce your risk of disease. But it's not 100 percent protective," Baggish told Reuters Health.

January 10th

9-1-1 Dispatchers Can Save More Lives By Coaching Bystanders in CPR

Statement Highlights:

  • Dispatchers should help 9-1-1 callers identify cardiac arrest victims and coach callers to provide immediate CPR.
  • If more dispatchers followed these processes, thousands of lives could be saved every year.
  • Communities should regularly evaluate 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers’ performance and the overall emergency response system, according to a new American Heart Association statement.

DALLAS — More people will survive sudden cardiac arrest when 9-1-1 dispatchers help bystanders assess victims and begin CPR immediately, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association

NJ Assemblyman Dies Suddenly in Statehouse

Gov. Christie Postpones State of the State Address

TRENTON, N.J. — Grieving New Jersey lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Tuesday to begin a new legislative session with a low-key swearing-in ceremony as they mourned the death of a Republican leader who collapsed at the Statehouse the night before. Gov. Chris Christie planned to deliver a remembrance instead of his annual State of the State address, which was postponed.

Assembly Majority Leader Alex DeCroce, 75, died late Monday after a busy night of voting that closed out the 214th legislative session.

Assemblyman Herb Conaway, the Legislature's only physician, said DeCroce had come up to him to complain he was feeling ill. He said he and state troopers tried unsuccessfully to revive the northern New Jersey lawmaker, administering CPR.

"He served admirably for many years and he will certainly be missed," Conaway said.

January 8th

Therapeutic Hypothermia Improves Survival, Protects Brain After SCA

An analysis of multiple studies has shown hypothermia therapy (HT) provides critical benefits for people who suffer cardiac arrest, though it remains under-utilized by hospitals and emergency medical service crews, according to researchers.

Not only did the analysis indicate HT may increase survival among cardiac arrest patients, the therapy also may have protective effects on the brain.

In one study, for example, the survival rate at six months following cardiac arrest was 59 percent for patients who had undergone HT compared to 45 percent among patients who had not.

Meanwhile, 55 percent of patients who had undergone HT showed favorable neurological outcomes – such as the brain returning to complete or at least partial function – compared to 39 percent of non-HT patients.

January 6th

Using Humor to Raise Awareness

The British Heart Foundation has released a new video to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). It features celebrity Vinnie Jones, who shows how hard and fast "Hands-only CPR" to the beat of Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees can help save the life of someone who has had a cardiac arrest. The Hollywood hardman stars in a British Heart Foundation TV advertisement urging laypersons to provide CPR in an emergency. Bystander intervention with CPR and the use of AEDs can double the chances of survival.

This year, Hollywood hard man Vinnie Jones has revealed there’s a compassionate heart beneath his tough exterior.

The menacing movie star is starring in TV advertisements urging bystanders to adopt a slightly new approach when resuscitating victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

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