Archive - Jan 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - Jan 2012 - SCA Article

January 5th

Some Toronto Neighborhoods at Higher Risk for SCA

A new study suggests that where you live may be a contributing factor when it comes to assessing your risk of cardiac arrest.

The study, done by researchers at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital, focuses on the country's largest city but its findings could be applied to other parts of the country.

Simply put, the study suggests that some areas of Toronto — especially in southwest and central Scarborough, western parts of North York and north Etobicoke — had the highest rates of cardiac arrest, about 500 per 100,000 people.

The communities with the lowest rates were those within north Scarborough, downtown Toronto, East York and the northeast part of North York. Those rates were about 160 per 100,000 people.

Katherine Allan, the PhD student who led the study, looked at more than 5,000 cardiac arrest victims in 140 neighbourhoods across Toronto between 2006 and 2010.

No Training? No Problem When It Comes To Using AEDs

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--After a couple of recent incidents, the city and Brant County are providing more information about how the public-access automated external defibrillator (AED) program works. Under the program, in place since 2007, hundreds of AEDs have been placed in facilities across both municipalities so they can be used in cases where someone collapses from a cardiac arrest. The units, mounted on walls in visible locations, are set up for use by any member of the public while waiting for emergency responders to arrive.

Recently, one was used at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre and another at the South Dumfries Community Centre in St. George. "In the St. George incident, two of the people nearby started CPR and the arena attendant, who is a firefighter, arrived with the AED," Brant Fire Chief Paul Boissoneault said Tuesday. "The unit was (used) within a minute, which is optimal timing."

AED Locked in Office No Help at Hockey Arena

MONTREAL--The daughter of a 55-year old man who suffered sudden cardiac arrest at a hockey arena in Abitibi just before Christmas says the family  will not pursue the case.


Denis Letourneau collapsed during an old timers hockey game.


It turns out the defibrillator that normally hangs on a wall near the rink was missing.

Study Highlights Need to Determine Who Truly Needs an ICD

Chronic total coronary occlusions (CTO) independently predicted the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias in ischemic heart disease patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), according to a single-center study. The presence of at least one CTO was associated with a higher rate of appropriate ICD therapy for ventricular arrhythmias during each of three years of follow-up, reported Luis Nombela-Franco, MD, from the Hospital Universitario Puerto de Hierro-Majadahonda in Madrid, Spain, and colleagues. CTO also were independent predictors of mortality in each of three years of follow-up, according to the study published online in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. The investigators noted that ventricular arrhythmias are the cause of most cases of sudden cardiac death.

January 3rd

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.”

January 1st

Taiwan Airport Adds 50 AEDs

TAIPEI--Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport has installed 50 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to meet the emergency needs of travelers who experience sudden cardiac arrest, airport officials said Saturday.The life-saving devices, introduced with the help of corporate sponsors, are part of the airport's efforts to enhance safety, the officials said.

Eight of the AEDs are in Terminal 1, 11 are in Terminal 2 and 31 are in air bridges, they said, adding that the airport will provide training to its staff to strengthen their skills in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and using AEDs. The AED is an electronic device designed for use by non-professionals. It can detect heart rhythms and automatically administer electric shocks to restore a normal heart beat in cases of heart failure.

Cable Guy Saves A Life

VANCOUVER, BC-- What could have been a tragic Christmas for a Langley family, remained a time of celebration and gratitude, thanks to the quick actions of a stranger.

 Shaw Cable technician Paul Schulli had come to David and Marianna Sibley’s home to set up a new high definition television box.

 But when  David suddenly had a cardiac arrest and collapsed, Schulli rushed to the 79-year-old man’s side and performed life-saving CPR.

Had it not been for Schulli’s swift actions, David would likely not be alive today.

And for that, his family is calling Schulli a hero.

“It seems like everyone is being called a hero today, but there are heroes and then there are real heroes. Paul is a real hero,” said David’s daughter, Linda Sibley.

“He didn’t panic, he just did what he needed to do.”

Linda was at work in her office in New Zealand when she heard that her dad had suffered a stroke and was in a coma.

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