Archive - Jun 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - Jun 2012 - SCA Article


June 28th

Row, Row, Row Your Boat to Make Sure Life is More than a Dream

DALLAS -- It turns out a children’s song may be a lifesaver when it comes to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in Dallas have been working with several local fire departments to improve how they perform CPR.

The five-year project found some local fire departments had one thing in common when performing CPR.

“One of the things that we found is that they were going a little bit too fast in their chest compressions,” UTSW Emergency Medicine Expert Dr. Ahamed Idris explained.

Dr. Idris says chest compressions should be about 100 per minute. To help first responders, a metronome was even placed on the equipment they use during CPR.

To help keep the proper pace it’s suggested that chest compressions be performed to the beat of the familiar nursery rhyme.

North Richland Hills, Texas, Cleared in Failure to Use Onsite AED to Save 12-Year-Old Girl

DALLAS--The Supreme Court of Texas has ruled that the city of North Richland Hills cannot be sued by the parents of a 12-year-old girl who died as a result of sudden cardiac arrest at an area water park. The case stated: 

June 26th

Sudden Death Among College Students Prompts NATA to Issue New Safety Recommendations

The sudden death of a growing number of college athletes during conditioning sessions has prompted a task force, led by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), to issue new safety recommendations for these workouts.

NATA said the guidelines are designed to provide doctors, trainers, coaches and  with ways to prevent sudden deaths among young athletes, particularly those with underlying .

June 25th

Dallas Mom Survives Drowning in Bathtub After Sudden Cardiac Death

DALLAS — Some say it was random luck. Others say it was thanks to a light-sleeping husband.

Marla Sewall suffered ventricular tachycardia and had been under water for at least five minutes when her husband found her.
Marla Sewall suffered ventricular tachycardia and had been under water for at least five minutes when her husband found her. She uses words like “blessing” and “miracle.”

Susan Koeppen, SCA Survivor and TV News Anchor, Shares Her Story on "The Talk"

It's a sure bet that no other guest co-host of "The Talk" this week matched Susan Koeppen's story.

The weekday CBS program started welcoming personalities from network-owned affiliates across the country on Monday (June 25). Formerly CBS News' consumer reporter, Emmy winner Koeppen now is an evening news anchor for Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV, and she appears on "The Talk" Tuesday -- discussing how she almost died last fall.

June 24th

Tool Predicts Brain Health in Cardiac Arrest Survivors

After suffering cardiac arrest, survivors don't always maintain full brain functioning. A simple bedside tool helps predict whether patients are likely to experience favorable neurological outcomes.

The large cohort study determined that factors including age and length of required resuscitation can successfully predict the probability of a favorable neurological outcome.

Paul S. Chan, MD, MSc, lead author and a cardiologist with Saint Luke's Medical System, found that the tool was accurate in assessing patients who had been resuscitated following in-hospital cardiac arrest.

During the study investigators reviewed the records of 42,957 cardiac arrest patients through the American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines registry. The program was initiated to monitor and improve care related to heart failure, stroke and resuscitation.

June 20th

Running into Trouble

Paula Opheim Milliner*, Indianapolis, IN – 20 at time of event (2004)

Paula Milliner

How do you tell a fit, healthy, athletic teenager they cannot play sport? You explain how they might die.

“When I was 16 I got diagnosed with a heart condition, called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy [HCM]. It’s a genetic disorder, and they told me I couldn’t play any competitive sports,” Paula said carefully. “They said there is a very minor chance of sudden death, well, it happens to—like—to one percent of people!”

Master Swimmers Don't Die…

Brian Duffield, Tucson, AZ – 40 at time of event (2006)

Brian Duffield

Brian is a member of a US Masters Swimmer group. There are about 40 of them in Tucson that get together regularly and swim their hearts out at the University of Arizona pool. On this particular Tuesday morning Brian nearly did! About half way into the session he didn’t feel at all well, and got out of the pool with an unusual fatigue. He decided to finish for the day and shower. That was when his chin hit the floor. He doesn’t know anything about it as he was unconscious at the time. Luckily, a young man witnessed the fall and raised the alarm.

June 19th

Salesmen Use Their Equipment to Save Man's Life

DALLAS, TX -- Two men used the same equipment they sell to save a man's life while he was dying on the floor of a gym.

Kyle Smith and Alex Torda sell automated external defibrillators, and one of their customers is LA Fitness.

Jim Breuel was lying unconscious on the floor for two minutes before he finally got the help he needed.

Kyle Smith noticed two gym employees standing over Breuel, and then he jumped into action.

"I could tell they were in shock, you know, not really responding," Smith said. "I took control of the situation, told the guy to grab the AED and started doing CPR. At that point Alex ran over."

The two got Breuel's shirt off, analyzed his heartbeat and let the machine do the rest.

June 13th

Floods & Mudslides Teaching the Importance of First-Responders

Leigh McGown Kauffman, Glenwood Springs, CO – 41 at time of event (2011) The Kauffman Family

It happened suddenly, as Vtac does, at 11:00pm on Wednesday night.

Serena noticed it happening, I ran upstairs, found her grey and unresponsive, and started CPR immediately, while Serena and Rhiannon called 911. I continued CPR for around 13 minutes (documented by the emergency call to ambulance arrival time) until EMS arrived.

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