Archive - Jun 2013 - SCA Article

Archive - Jun 2013 - SCA Article

June 24th

Death of Teenager Prompts Second California Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Monster Beverage Corporation

SILVER SPRING-- Nineteen year-old Alex Morris suffered a cardiac arrest and died on July 1, 2012. The Alameda County, California Coroner determined that the cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy. The autopsy and toxicity reports confirm that there were no illegal drugs or alcohol involved. Alex consumed at least two 16 oz. cans of Monster Energy Drink in the 24 hours preceding his death, and at least two 16 oz. cans of Monster Energy Drink per day during the three years preceding his death. He started consuming Monster Energy Drink on a regular basis when he was a minor.

The lawsuit was filed by the same team of lawyers that filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family of Anais Fournier, a 14-year-old girl who died after consuming Monster Energy Drinks in December 2011. 

Varied Quality of CPR Among EMS, Hospitals Hurts Survival

Statement Highlights:

  • The quality of CPR varies among EMS departments and hospitals.
  • Professional rescuers should make changes to their CPR technique based on feedback, patient response and other data.
  • Fast and deep chest compressions with minimal interruptions are critical to high-quality CPR.

CPR Anytime KitDALLAS--The quality of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) you receive may vary, depending on the EMS department or hospital administering it, according to the American Heart Association.

Maryland Registry Links AEDs to Emergency Responders

In 2008, when NBC jounalist and Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert died as a result of cardiac arrest inside an NBC office, questions emerged about the location and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). The office building had an AED inside; however, it is unknown how soon after the collapse it was retrieved.

When defibrillation is provided within 5 to 7 minutes of cardiac arrest, the survival rate is 30 to 45 percent, according to the American Heart Association. A victim's chances of survival are reduced by 7 to 10 percent with every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation.

Instances like Russert's have prompted private organizations and state agencies to provide support to individuals and businesses that choose to purchase and maintain AEDs. 

June 23rd

Planet Fitness Gym Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit for Failure to Help 22-Year-Old SCA Victim

A Long Island woman collapsed and died in a Bay Shore health club’s bathroom because a male employee refused to enter the women’s locker room to try to save her, a lawsuit claims.

Emily Hamlin was in a ladies’-room stall at Planet Fitness on Route 27 during an early-morning workout when another gym member heard her drop to the floor, the legal papers say.

“I heard [a] flush, then a thud,” the member, Stephanie Dick, recalled in a sworn affidavit about the February 2012 incident. “I saw a woman’s arm drop to the floor, followed immediately by a loud snoring sound.”

Hamlin, 22, died in the women’s locker room of this Bay Shore, LI, gym after a male employee allegedly refused to go in to help her.

Dick said she dashed to the front desk and pleaded with gym employee Sean Higgins to help.

Paramedic Saves Three SCA Victims in One Month

Bellevue Fire Department paramedic John Tetzlaff was honored last week for an unusual feat: last September he saved three people undergoing cardiac arrests in separate incidents. The notable milestone got him named the first recipient of the "Triple Crown Award." His recognition was presented to him last Thursday by King County EMS Director Jim Fogarty at St. Andrew’s Church in Bellevue.

The only previous instance of someone saving three patients undergoing cardiac arrest was also in King County, Fogarty said. That paramedic also will be awarded, he said.

Bellevue paramedics have a save rate of 53.5 percent, contributing to King County’s world’s best survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest, according to the Bellevue Fire Department.


SOURCE: Bellevue Patch

Allegheny General Hospital Looking for Ways to Make Pacemakers and MRIs Compatible

PITTSBURGH--In the Allegheny General Hospital Emergency Room last week, 81-year-old Leonard Roth of Mt. Lebanon knew his pacemaker likely would prevent him from getting magnetic resonance imaging to determine why his legs were paralyzed.

For people with pacemakers and automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillators, MRIs are off limits. Their radio frequencies and electromagnetism damage the implanted devices' computerized electronics and can speed up pacemakers to 150 to 200 heartbeats per minute. An inadvertent MRI can put such patients into life-or-death situations.

June 21st

Cooling Treatment Rarely Used for Cardiac Patients in U.S. Hospitals

PHILADELPHIA--Therapeutic hypothermia -- a brain-preserving cooling treatment for patients in cardiac arrest -- is rarely used in U.S. hospitals, researchers say.

Dr. Mark E. Mikkelsen, an assistant professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, said the researchers' study found 98 percent of the patients who went into cardiac arrest in the hospital received only conventional post-resuscitation care -- with the remaining 2 percent receiving therapeutic hypothermia.




June 20th

Actor's Sudden Death Attributed to Cardiac Arrest

LOS ANGELES--James Gandolfini, 51, died Wednesday while vacationing in Rome.

Dr. Claudio Modini, head of the emergency department at the Policlinic Umberto I hospital in Rome, said Gandolfini suffered a cardiac arrest. He arrived at the hospital at 10:40 p.m. (2040 GMT, 4:40 p.m. EDT) Wednesday and was pronounced dead at 11 p.m. after resuscitation efforts in the ambulance and hospital failed, Modini said.

June 19th

James Gandolfini Dead at 51: Cardiac Arrest Explained

Cardiac arrest was behind James Gandolfini's death Wednesday at age 51. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating. About 383,000 episodes of cardiac arrest occur outside of a hospital among Americans each year, 88 percent of which happen at home, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). The estimated survival rate is about 11 percent. Many victims are healthy and don't have heart disease or other known risk factors, the AHA added.

Causes include electrical disturbances in heart rhythm, heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions.

Soprano Star Dies from "Massive Heart Attack" in Italy

James Gandolfini, best known for his role of mob boss Tony Soprano in HBO's "The Sopranos," died of a "massive heart attack" in Italy, according to media reports Wednesday. Gandolfini, 51, was recently seen in the 2012 film "Zero Dark Thirty," about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Updated media reports state his sudden death was due to cardiac arrest.

He is survived by a wife and two children.

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