Archive - Apr 2013 - SCA Article

Archive - Apr 2013 - SCA Article

April 29th

Results from WEARIT-II Registry of Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator Usage to Be Presented at Heart Rhythm 2013

CHELMSFORD, MA -- The results from the Prospective Registry and Follow-Up of Patients Using the Wearable Defibrillator (WEARIT-II) will be presented in a Late-Breaking Clinical Trial presentation at Heart Rhythm 2013, the Heart Rhythm Society's 34th Annual Scientific Sessions, Friday, May 10, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Session number SP22.

The 18-month results from WEARIT-II will be presented by Ian Goldenberg, MD, (Principal Investigator) University of Rochester Medical Center. WEARIT-II is a prospective, observational study designed to evaluate high cardiac risk patients' clinical information, arrhythmias, and treatment findings during wearable defibrillator use and subsequent one-year clinical course, including survival.

April 28th

Standardized Debriefing Ups Outcomes on CPR Simulation

Use of a standardized debriefing script during resuscitation training programs conducted by novice instructors is associated with improved acquisition of knowledge and team leader behavioral performance in subsequent simulated cardiopulmonary arrests, according to a study published online April 22 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Use of a standardized debriefing script during resuscitation training programs conducted by novice instructors is associated with improved acquisition of knowledge and team leader behavioral performance in subsequent simulated cardiopulmonary arrests, according to a study published online April 22 in JAMA Pediatrics.

April 26th

AEDs Mandatory for Italian Sports Teams

ROME--Italy’s government has ruled that all sporting companies, regardless of whether they are amateur or professional, must own a defibrillator.

Professional companies will have to comply within six months, and amateur ones within 30 months, it ruled Friday.

Defibrillators will have to always be accessible and used in the presence of qualified personnel, it said.

Italy’s sports world had pledged to act to avoid more deaths like that of popular Livorno player Piermario Morosini, who died last year at the age of 25 after collapsing during a second-tier football game.

Morosini’s death, which followed a number of similar fatalities, caused shock throughout the world of sport and aroused debate about whether enough was being done to prevent loss of life in sport.

SOURCE: Business Standard

He Would Not Stop

Kathy Sekardi, Phoenix, AZ – 54 at time of event (2012)

On a normal working day at the Supreme Court, Kathy takes her lunch behind a closed door in her office. Lucky for her this particular Wednesday in August 2012 she did not. Instead she had a colleague working with her on a video presentation and so was not alone when her heart stopped beating.

April 19th

He Was a Challenge, But He's Not Leaving

Jack Rivers, Youngsville, NC – 63 at time of event (2011)

Jack Rivers

Jack and Davelyn had a restaurant, just a small local place, called the Bottle & Bean Bistro, north of Raleigh. The hours were a bit of a strain, maybe a bit too much for Jack because he keeled over one evening just around closing time. The cook found him on the kitchen floor and called out. Deb and Tammy, customers sampling a glass or two of wine with Davelyn, came to the rescue. Deb being a sports trainer knew CPR and Tammy - well let's just say she's now the first gynecologist with a male patient!

City of Palo Alto Purchases 37 New AEDs

CALIFORNIA--Palo Alto city council unanimously approved the $92,500 purchase of 37 automated external defibrillators, or AEDs. The lightweight, portable devices are capable of delivering an electric shock through the chest to the heart to restore normal rhythm. Squad cars, community centers, athletic fields and many government buildings will be equipped with the devices, according to a city staff report. In addition the school district also plans to place the devices on every campus by June 2014.

The city council's decision to purchase AEDs resulted from collaboration between the police and fire departments and Racing Hearts, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit that advocates for the purchase, placement and training of AEDs in schools, playgrounds and community centers. The funds will come out of the council's contingency fund.

Pat Summerall Dies At 82 From Cardiac Arrest

DALLAS, TX -- Pat Summerall, the man who called 16 Super Bowls, died Tuesday from cardiac arrest as the 82-year-old recovered from surgery to repair a broken hip. One of the legendary voices of the NFL, Summerall at one time, played in the NFL as a kicker with the Lions, Cardinals and Giants. His commentary on the other hand didn't go unnoticed as Summerall was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1999. When Summerall retired from the NFL in 1961, he moved into the commentary booth, where he wouldn't leave for another four decades. Summerall called more Super Bowls than any other commentator during his career with CBS and FOX.

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April 18th

Family Suing City in Teen Baseball Player's Death

JACKSONVILLE, FLA--The family of a 15-year-old boy who died after a collision on a baseball field nearly three years ago has filed a negligence lawsuit against the city of Jacksonville.

Andrew Cohn's family says firefighters with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department were slow in response and did not jolt him with a defibrillator, a procedure they say could have saved his life.

Cohn, of St. Marys, Ga., stepped in the first-base path and collided with a runner during a game in Dinsmore. He suffered sudden cardiac arrest and died at a hospital.

"It's something you wake up with every day. You don't understand why," said Harold Cohn, Andrew's father.

April 17th

What About the Rest of the Family?

Relatives, particularly young, first-degree relatives, are at much greater risk of developing heart conditions compared with the general population. Family members of young sudden cardiac death victims should be offered comprehensive and systematic screening, with the focus on the youngest and nearest relatives.

April 15th

Women Have More Complications with ICDs

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Women who were referred to an electrophysiologist were just as likely as men to get an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), but women developed more complications and were less likely to receive an appropriate ICD shock or appropriate ICD-delivered therapy, a study of 6,902 patients found.

Previous studies have suggested that women are less likely than men are to get ICDs. If that’s true, the disparity may be happening before patients are referred for consideration of ICD implantation, Dr. Derek R. MacFadden said at the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians.

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