Archive - May 3, 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - May 3, 2012 - SCA Article


Australia Steps Up Heart Checks of Its Olympians

The Australian Olympic Committee has instituted enhanced heart checks of its London-bound team after the death of Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen this week and two recent on-field collapses in European soccer.

Dr. Peter Baquie, the Australian Olympic team's medical director, said more than two-thirds of the expected 400-strong squad had undergone extensive cardiovascular screening, including electrocardiograms ahead of the games.

Baquie said similar family history checks and other routine exams were done ahead of the 2008 Beijing Games, but EKGs were not conducted.

New Jersey Passes Good Samaritan Law

Gov. Chris Christie signed a Good Samaritan Bill into law Thursday morning, two months after the bill was passed by the State Senate by a vote of 37-1 and passed the Assembly unanimously 75-0.

The Good Samaritan Law absolves those trying to help save a life of responsibility if they cause injury while attempting to give aid. Until now, this protection did not extend to a person owning or using an automated external defibrillator (AED) during a cardiac arrest.

An AED is a portable device that is used to restore heart rhythms to patients in cardiac arrest. It automatically analyzes the heart rhythm of the patient and advises the user whether or not a defibrillator is needed to return the patient to a normal heart beat.

New Jersey is now the 44th state to pass a Good Samaritan law.

Aircraft Diverted As Crew Gives Passenger CPR

A Delta Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N1608 performing flight DL-80 from Atlanta,GA (USA) to Brussels (Belgium) with 160 people on board, was enroute over the Atlantic Ocean about 300nm off the coast of Ireland when a female diabetic passenger, 64, collapsed prompting the cabin crew to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while the flight crew diverted the aircraft to Shannon. On the way, the flight crew reported the patient temporarily had no blood pressure and no pulse, but following CPR regained a pulse and was responsive again. The aircraft landed safely at Shannon Airport about 50 minutes later and the patient was taken to a hospital.

The aircraft reached Brussels with a delay of 2.5 hours.

SOURCE: The Aviation Herald

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