Archive - Jan 2013 - SCA Article

Archive - Jan 2013 - SCA Article


January 30th

A Save on the Slopes

ATTITASH, NH – On Sunday, December 30, 2012, Brad Boehringer decided to go skiing at the Attitash Mountain Resort to celebrate the end of a great year. Boehringer is an avid skier and enjoys hitting the slopes when he has time off from his job as a flight nurse. He is also a member of the local rescue squad and as such is always sure to call his friends on the ambulance when he goes out on the slopes in case any extra help is ever needed. Little did he know that his phone would be ringing just seconds later.

January 27th

Most ICD Patients Prefer Device Deactivation If Very Ill

NEW HAVEN, CT--ore than two-thirds of patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) would want their device turned off under some circumstances, such as permanently impaired memory or having an incurable disease, suggests a survey analysis published online today in JAMA Internal Medicine [1].

A surprising number of the survey's respondents had a poor grasp of their device's potential benefits or its potential downsides, note the authors, led by Dr. John A Dodson (Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT).

January 23rd

External Defibrillator Jumpstarts Patient's Heart

NASHVILLE--Typically, when a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest while asleep, the chance of survival is poor.

But when Barbara Campbell’s heart stopped working at 4:30 a.m. while she slept, the LifeVest external defibrillator she wore to bed that night did its job, restoring her heart rhythm and saving her life.

The 67-year-old Lewisburg, Tenn., grandmother has been a patient of cardiologist John McPherson, M.D., for several years. McPherson diagnosed her blocked left coronary artery.

“We found that her coronary arteries had severe narrowing, severe blockages. We were able to open those up and restore normal blood flow to her heart by putting in multiple stents,” McPherson said.

Despite placing the stents, Campbell needed a backup power source for her weakened heart muscle. McPherson prescribed a new, wearable defibrillator called a LifeVest, by Zoll.

January 22nd

Longer CPR Improves Survival in Children and Adults

Experts from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia were among the leaders of two large national studies showing that extending CPR longer than previously thought useful saves lives in both children and adults. The research teams analyzed impact of duration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in patients who suffered cardiac arrest while hospitalized.

“These findings about the duration of CPR are game-changing, and we hope these results will rapidly affect hospital practice,” said Robert A. Berg, M.D., chief of Critical Care Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Berg is the chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the American Heart Association’s Get With Guidelines-Resuscitation program (GWTG-R). That quality improvement program is the only national registry that tracks and analyzes resuscitation of patients after in-hospital cardiac arrests.

Diamond Resorts International Requires CPR-AED Training for Team Members

Las Vegas, NV--Diamond Resorts International®, a global leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, has instituted a new precautionary safety strategy that requires worldwide team members to be cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certified and trained in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) in order to respond appropriately in the case of a medical emergency.

Could AED Have Saved College Athlete at Health Club?

MACOMB TWP., Mich.-- Those who responded first when a Wayne State football player collapsed while training are asking if more could’ve been done to save the athlete’s life.

Serxho Guraleci was working out at the Premier Training Center in Macomb Township Monday morning. After lifting weights, he continued to do a running exercise. Guraleci bent down during the exercise and collapsed.

“I looked over there and saw that one of them was down,” said Jeffrey Longo. Longo is a police officer who was off-duty when Guraleci collapsed. He ran over to assist another witness, who happened to be a nurse.

“When one of the owners came over, I asked if there was an AED, and he said no,” said Longo. By law, health clubs are required to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) on site.

January 16th

Marathon Man Had the Luckiest Day of His Life

Tony Lindeman, Akron, OH – 46 at time of event (2012)

Tony Lindeman If you run 1,000 miles a year you'd think you were healthy and "cardiac safe". If you have run seven marathons you'd know you're fit and healthy. Except for that one time. It was the eighth marathon, and Tony never got past the 2 mile mark.

"It was just like any other day, for a marathon. Everything was pretty much the same as every run I'd trained for... We were all lined up at the starting line, discussing who was going to be the last one in," Tony said. "We took off and started running, everything was fine, after the first mile and a half I remember making the turn [onto a street] and from there it's a blank."

January 15th

Atrial Fibrillation Linked To Increased Risk For Sudden Cardiac Death

Although atrial fibrillation (AF) is well known to be associated with an increase in the risk of stroke and coronary heart disease, a similar association with sudden cardiac death (SCD) has been suspected but not demonstrated in the past. Now a new study examing data from two large population studies offers evidence that AF is also an independent risk factor for SCD.

In a paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly Archives of Internal Medicine), Lin Chen and colleagues analyzed data from from 15,439 participants in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study and 5,479 participants in the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS). The analysis shows that AF patients were at significantly elevated risk for SCD. 

January 9th

AED Program Saves Three Lives in Six Months

35 Blain's Farm and Fleet Stores Equipped with AEDs and More Than 200 Staff Trained To Respond to Cardiac Emergencies

A Christmas Miracle

PITTSBURGH, PA--It was Christmas night when volunteer Firefighter/EMT Nick Gerstel sat down for dinner with his family in Penn Hills, a suburb of Pittsburgh. It had been a quiet day for the volunteer department located just a short mile or so down the road from the Gerstel residence. In a matter of moments, that all changed. Christmas dinner was going to have to wait. The Gerstels are used to their family gatherings being interrupted by emergency calls for service—the family has more than 50 years of public safety experience sitting at their dinner table.

A call came in for a 62-year-old-man who had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while celebrating Christmas with his family at his home just down the street from the Gerstels. The Gerstel family knew the magnitude of such a call and decided Christmas dinner was going to have to wait.

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