Archive - Dec 2013 - SCA Article

Archive - Dec 2013 - SCA Article

December 30th

AEDs Required in Public Places in Manitoba by January 31

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA-- Manitoba's most visible legislative change for the new year won't be seen until the end of January.

That's when Premier Greg Selinger's government requires the installation of as many as 8,000 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public places by Jan. 31.

Under the province's Defibrillator Public Access Act, the AEDs and appropriate signage have to be installed in all public buildings, including more than 500 schools, 200 community and fitness centres and more than 100 curling clubs, golf courses and other sports venues. Casinos, shopping malls and airports also require AEDs.

Facilities must also register the AED through the Heart and Stroke Foundation so 911 dispatchers know the AED's location and can help rescuers in finding and using it in the event of a cardiac-arrest emergency.

Wisconsin Snowboarder Meets Heroes Who Saved His Life

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--Moments after finishing his first snowboard run of the season at Afton Alps, 17-year-old Dan Mannon trudged back to the ski lift Saturday for another crack at the slope. He took a few steps and then crumpled to the ground, going into cardiac arrest.

Shane Linehan, a former Washington County sheriff’s deputy standing a few feet away with his daughters, knelt at Mannon’s side and began administering CPR. Almost immediately he was joined by Kevin Neubauer, a ski instructor at the resort in Washington County’s Denmark Township. Only yards away, Afton Alps general manager Joe Yasis grabbed an automated external defibrillator (AED) and ran to the scene.

Working together, the three men managed to resuscitate the unconscious teenager.

December 29th

Palm Beach Lifesaving Campaign: Push for AED Use Expands

PALM BEACH, FL--The Palm Beach Fire-Rescue Department launched its Heart Safe Palm Beach program two years ago to encourage residents and businesses to have automatic external defibrillators on site for emergencies.

The devices deliver an electric shock to people in cardiac arrest to restore regular rhythm.

With 140 AEDs registered with the department so far, Fire-Rescue is now beginning a push to have the devices in all restaurants, condominiums and other places in town where large groups of people gather, according to Deputy Fire-Rescue Chief Darrel Donatto. Some private clubs, including The Mar-a-Lago and the Everglades clubs, already have the devices, as do the houses of worship in town, he said.

When members of the community register their AED with Fire-Rescue, the department will come to the property to provide training.

December 22nd

Fargo, Moorhead Unveil App to Get Quicker Help for SCA Victims

FARGO, ND--A new local smartphone app may help save lives by turning more people into rescuers.

The PulsePoint app is integrated with the Red River Regional Dispatch Center, which handles calls throughout the metro area. When a call comes in about a suspected cardiac arrest, the 911 communications center activates an alert to PulsePoint app users simultaneously with Fargo and Moorhead fire and police units and F-M Ambulance.

Using a smartphone’s geo-location services, the app alerts users trained in CPR who are within a quarter-mile of the victim, directing them via a live map to the person suffering cardiac arrest. It will also show the nearest automated external defibrillator, or AED.

Lifesaving AED Technology Hard to Find

Sue Hostler was running through a parking garage of Philadelphia International Airport in late August, hurrying to catch a flight home to Pittsburgh, when she came upon a young man in even more of a hurry – for someone to save his life.

Robert Hallinan, a 25-year-old limousine driver from Broomall, Pa., was sprawled on the floor of an elevator, unconscious. He was in cardiac arrest. Hostler, a frequent business traveler and private pilot trained in CPR, acted almost instinctively.

She called 9-1-1 and quickly started CPR. The operator stayed on the line, but said nothing about the possibility of retrieving an automated defibrillator from the adjacent terminal. Another traveler, Vivian Nolan, a cancer patient, came by and offered help. Together they were able to roll Hallinan on his back as Hostler continued hands-only compressions, hard and fast, 100 times a minute.

December 19th

Shocking Heart Deaths: Why They Happen

Someone in the prime of their life -- a professional sports star, teen athlete, marathon runner, or other seemingly healthy person -- isn't supposed to collapse and die from heart disease. But it occasionally happens, making sudden cardiac arrest front-page news.

The rare nature of sudden cardiac arrest among the young is precisely what makes it so attention-grabbing. According to the Cleveland Clinic, sudden cardiac death kills 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 300,000 athletes under age 35, more often males.

Among the most publicized cases: U.S. Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman in 1986; college basketball player Hank Gathers in 1990; and professional basketball players Pete Maravich in 1988 and Reggie Lewis in 1993.

People wonder if anything could have been done to prevent such an event. They wonder who's at risk, and whether anyone can survive sudden cardiac arrest.

December 18th

Training and ZOLL AEDs Help Ottawa Paramedic Service Saves Lives

One City Employee Saves a Second Hockey Player from SCA

ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that the Public Access Defibrillator program conducted by the Ottawa Paramedic Service (OPS) has saved 74 lives from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) thanks to training individuals in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using the ZOLL AED PLUS®.

December 17th

28-Year-Old Cardiac Arrest Survivor Meets EMS Personnel Who Helped Save Him

RICHMOND, VA--When Michael Snyder, Jr. suffered a sudden cardiac arrest last December at the age of 27, immediate action was taken by his family and soon thereafter, emergency services. All worked together to save his life. 

Michael, his wife Jennifer, Jennifer’s brother and cousin had returned home after dinner out and Michael began to feel ill.  He asked his wife for a glass of water and when she came back, she found him slumped over and unconscious. When his family dialed 9-1-1 and initiated CPR, they set in motion a life-saving process known as the 'Chain of Survival.’ During the 911 call, Richmond Ambulance Authority dispatcher Travis Gortney gave CPR instructions while Richmond Fire’s Quint 18 and a paramedic crew from the Richmond Ambulance Authority responded to the scene.

December 15th

What Bystanders Should Know About CPR--And Why

Bystander-initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has poor neurological outcome, and this is true even when the bystanders are family members, which suggests deficits in public CPR training.

A recent Japanese study of CPR initiated out of hospital by family versus non-family showed that significantly fewer family members initiated CPR (P<0.001) and significantly fewer patients requiring resuscitation had 1-month survival (P=0.049) or neurologically favorable survival (P=0.016) when treated by a family member, according to research from Keiko Fujie, MD, of the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki, Japan, and colleagues, which was published online by Resuscitation.

Henry Ford Hospital Implants New Defibrillator for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

DETROIT, MI--A new internal defibrillator, on the cusp of a new standard of care in American cardiology to treat patients for a major heart risk, is being used at Henry Ford Hospital.

Compared to the current devices used to treat sudden cardiac arrest, the new internal defibrillator has less risk of infection, no clots forming in blood vessels, no lead perforation through the heart wall, or puncturing the lining of the lung. Also, the lead is not subject to normal wear and tear of heart movement, as it is just under the skin, not inside the heart, which can cause breakdown of leads, thus needing to replace them.

Internal defibrillators are small devices, similar to pacemakers, which send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore its normal rhythm. The lead is the flexible electrical wire that conducts the shock from the defibrillator to the heart.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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