Archive - Mar 2013 - SCA Article

Archive - Mar 2013 - SCA Article

March 30th

Substitute Soccer Player Saves Teammate's Life

BALTIMORE--Annapolis resident Mike Greenhill is one of those rare guys who, even after he turned 50, could effortlessly sprint up and down a soccer field like he did as a much younger man. Until one evening last year, the 53-year-old took this ability for granted. Now, as Greenhill prepares to return to the game after an 11-month hiatus, he's happy to be alive. For this, he thanks a young woman whom he calls "his angel."

Last April Stephanie Andrews, a 22-year-old Howard County firefighter and emergency medical technician from Sykesville, agreed to play a soccer game on her friends' co-ed team because it was short a few players. It happened to be the same team for which Greenhill played. On game day, Andrews did far more than serve as a substitute player.

March 23rd

Basketball Players Use AED to Save a Life

CHICAGO, IL--Matt Krueger looks forward to hugging his basketball buddies who helped save his life earlier this month.

“I physically died on March 2,” said Krueger, a Genoa resident. “I am happy to be here.”

On March 2, Krueger was sitting out a game during a morning of pickup basketball in the gym of Christ Community Church in St. Charles, when he suddenly felt faint and collapsed in cardiac arrest.

The next thing he knew, he woke up on the paramedics’ stretcher — but only after a group of quick-thinking players used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restore his heart’s normal rhythm.

March 22nd

FDA Proposes Tighter Rules for Emergency Defibrillators

FDA Issues Proposal to Improve the Quality of AEDs

FDA: Proposal protects access to critical medical device

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a proposed order aimed at helping manufacturers improve the quality and reliability of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The proposed order, if finalized, will require manufacturers of these life-saving devices to submit pre-market approval (PMA) applications.

March 21st

AED Saves the Life of the Hockey Player Who Had It Installed

ST. JOHN'S--A Twillingate, New Foundland, man says he'd be dead were it not for a defibrillator that he arranged to have installed at the local arena.

Dave Stuckey was playing recreational hockey at the George Hawkins Memorial Arena earlier this month when he experienced chest pains.

Two doctors on his team advised him to go to the hospital, and one of them left to get his truck so he could drive Stuckey there.

While Stuckey was waiting for the doctor to return, he went to the washroom where he passed out.

'Totally dead'

Stuckey said he later found out his heart had stopped for 10 to 15 minutes.

"I was totally dead. There was no pulse," he said.

He was also told his hockey buddies and the doctors sprung into action.

March 20th

Pardee Hospital Collaborates to Boost Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates in Henderson County

HENDERSONVILLE, NC--Pardee Hospital and Henderson County Emergency Medical Service System have joined forces to participate in the statewide RACE CARS project and the national CARES registry, aimed at increasing the chances for survival in sudden cardiac arrest and assessing performance for further improvement.

March 19th

Taipei to Install AEDs in Rapid Transit Stations

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Life-saving automated external defibrillators (AED) will be installed in every Metro Rapid Transit station in the city, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin announced yesterday. The 109 machines in MRT stations will be just part of some 1,000 AEDs that will be placed in public areas around the city over the next three years.

According to Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. statistics, daily ridership for the capital's mass transit system averages 1.7 million people.

Locations like MRT stations are often packed with people, making installing AEDs at these locations the city government's top public health priority, Hau said.

Readily available AEDs will give passengers the chance to receive emergency medical services before being transferred to the hospital.

March 18th

Young Students Help Mother Save Her Baby

Boys who helped mother save babyATLANTA--Susanna Rohm said she noticed that her son, Isaiah, was pale, his arms and legs were limp, and he was not breathing. In her panic, she dropped and broke her mobile phone when trying to make a call for help. She had no other means of communication, so she grabbed her son and ran outside, screaming for help. She saw two young boys, Ethan Wilson (9) and Rocky Hurt (10), playing soccer. She screamed at them, begging them to ask their parents to call 911.

March 12th

Relatives Who Witness Loved One's CPR Fare Better

Relatives who did not witness CPR on a loved one had a 60% increased risk for developing symptoms of PTSD, depression and anxiety, study reports

It is always tough losing a loved one, but according to a new study, witnessing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) minutes before the death of a loved one can help with coping mechanisms. The study done in France found that family members who stayed and witnessed CPR had better mental health months after the death. Although there is no one underlying concrete explanation for this finding, the study can help people by influencing doctors and hospitals to at least offer the option of watching CPR.

March 11th

Students, Fellows Mine Heart Data to Improve the Science of Cardiac Care

Research findings include: Defibrillator patients who lose weight may fare worse, LQTS patients should qualify for normal, age-related life insurance

A small group of students and research fellows from URMC’s Heart Research Follow-up Program flexed a lot of academic muscle at the American College of Cardiology’s 62nd Annual Scientific Session last weekend in San Francisco.

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