Archive - Jul 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - Jul 2012 - SCA Article


July 9th

Therapeutic Hypothermia Preserves Heart and Brain Function

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI--On the morning of June 10, 58-year-old Bill Van Vianen went for a routine run near his home at the picturesque Dodge Park in Sterling Heights; the beginning of a day that was to include watching his grandson compete in a sporting event.

But a little more than an hour later, the fitness buff and marathoner was admitted as a John Doe to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township — the victim of a heart attack that he, and everyone close to him, found beyond inexplicable.

“I love to run, and fitness has been a big part of my life since high school,” said Van Vianen, who works as a mechanic for the U.S. postal Service.

“I eat right — I don’t eat red meat,” he said. “But now, I can’t even remember what happened to me.”

July 6th

It Takes a Team to Save a Life

Ronald P. Danner, PhD, University Park, PA – 72 at time of event (2012)

Daria Oller, Alison Krajewski, Ron DannerIt was right after noon on Good Friday, April 13, 2012, in University Park, PA. Daria Oller, DPT, ATC, PT, CSCS, a PhD Candidate in Kinesiology - Athletic Training and Sports Medicine at Penn State, and Alison Krajewski, MS, ATC, Athletic Training Instructor, were in their academic offices when a squash instructor came running, asking for help. Someone had collapsed on the nearby squash courts. The instructor had already called 9-1-1, but he knew the athletic trainers could help.

Oller rushed to the victim’s side and Krajewski followed with a breathing mask. The 72-year-old man had been down for about five minutes. There was no normal breathing, no pulse, and his skin was “a deep shade of purple.”

July 5th

Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Prospect, 23, Survives Sudden Cardiac Arrest

OWEN SOUND, ONT.--Pro hockey player Brett MacLean is conscious and talking and took his first steps Friday, his mother Karen MacLean said Friday afternoon.

The 23-year-old Phoenix Coyotes prospect was playing hockey in Owen Sound Monday when he suddenly collapsed on the ice and had to be revived with CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED). He was airlifted to University Hospital in London after being stabilized in Owen Sound. Thursday he was moved out of intensive care and remains in coronary care.

Karen MacLean said her son is aware of what happened but has no recollection of his near-death experience.

July 3rd

With CPR, Two Bystanders Can Be Better than One

NEW YORK--When someone suffers cardiac arrest in a public place, the odds of survival are better when more than one bystander comes to the rescue, a new study suggests. The American Heart Association (AHA) and other groups say that everyone should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.

For laypeople, that usually means doing "hands-only" CPR -- just chest compressions, and no mouth-to-mouth breathing -- until paramedics arrive. Studies have shown that hands-only CPR is just as effective as the traditional way when it comes to helping adult cardiac arrest victims. (The recommendations for children are different.)

July 2nd

Defibrillator Registry Means Collier County, FL, Residents Can Get Help Fast

NAPLES, FL--Surviving a cardiac crisis is all about timing. How quickly someone can administer care using an automated external defibrillator (AED) is critical. For people who have a cardiac event, Collier County Emergency Medical Services has recently upgraded its AED program to an automated system that will ultimately help get AEDs to victims faster.

Specifically to respond to cardiac arrests, Collier County EMS participates in the AED Link program that enables 911 dispatchers to rapidly connect AEDs, its users and victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

In the past, 911 dispatchers had to go through a database to identify the closest registered AED. The new system works within the existing national agency registry, but is now automated, which saves critical time when a cardiac event occurs.

Honor Your Heroes. Nominate Them for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's People Saving People Award

About 1,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest each day in the U.S. Survival depends in large part on immediate bystander intervention with CPR and defibrillation. Survivors are invited to recognize their "heroes" and "angels" by nominating them for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's People Saving People award. Nominations are due July 13.

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