Archive - 2013 - SCA Article

Archive - 2013 - SCA Article

December 13th

Sudden Cardiac Death in Untreated Lyme Carditis

Quick-thinking pathologists at a Georgia tissue bank recently found Lyme disease in sudden cardiac death patients whose tissues were being examined for transplant use. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported details of those cases in an article published in the December 13 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report to alert pathologists, medical examiners, and coroners of the need to consider Lyme carditis in cases of sudden cardiac death. CDC investigators warned clinicians to check cardiac status in patients with Lyme disease and Lyme exposure in patients with acute, unexplained cardiac symptoms.

December 11th

ECCU Scheduled for June 2014 in Las Vegas

ECCU 2014

Flight Crew Use Defibrillator to Save Passenger at Edmonton International Airport

EDMONTON, AL--Moments after he stepped off a flight from Phoenix Wednesday evening, Wayne Gaalaas felt a bit light-headed. Then he collapsed.

Within seconds, WestJet and United aircrews at the Edmonton International Airport stepped in, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the 73-year-old Camrose man before using a nearby defibrillator to restart his heart.

“It shocked him and shortly after, he started feeling better,” said Julie Gaalaas, Wayne’s daughter-in-law. “He came to and was able to talk. And the ambulance came and took him to hospital.”

Marlene Gaalaas followed her husband to hospital with their son Jeff. At first Jeff didn’t know what was happening when fire crews and paramedics rushed past the gates.

Thirty-five years ago, Gaalaas was one of the first people in Alberta to undergo a kidney transplant.

AED Registration to Be Required in Manitoba Beginning January 1

The Manitoba, CA, provincial government is making anybody with an AED (automated external defibrillator) to be required by law, as of Jan. 1, 2014, to register with the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF), who in turn lets emergency medical services know the locations of every operational AED.

AEDs are compact, easy to use devices that diagnose symptoms of an irregular heartbeat, which can cause cardiac arrest. Using electrical therapy through defibrillation, an AED is designed to restart an unstable heartbeat, allowing the heart to restore a consistent rhythm.

The problem is some AEDs go unaccounted for, as they haven’t been registered with the HSF.

Churches, community centers and shopping malls are usually equipped with the small suitcase-sized devices.

According to the HSF, 85 per cent of cardiac arrests happen at work, homes, and in public places, and if an AED is used within the first five minutes, chances of survival reaches 75 per cent.

December 10th

Shane Del Rosario, 30, Dies Two Weeks After Suffering Cardiac Arrest

UFC heavyweight Shane Del Rosario died on Monday, nearly two weeks after being hospitalized after suffering sudden cardiac arrest in his home.

"It has been truly amazing to realize just how many lives Shane touched in such a positive way," Del Rosario's family said in a statement released to The Associated Press.

"As always, Shane fought hard, but it was his time to go in peace. We will miss his huge smile, his huge bear hugs, his gift of giving to others, and his Aloha spirit. He was larger than life."

Del Rosario, 30, was admitted to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, Calif., on Nov. 26 and put on life support. Doctors were able to resuscitate him in the emergency room, but he showed no sign of brain activity once admitted to the hospital's coronary care unit. Doctors modulated his body near 90 degrees in an effort to induce therapeutic hypothermia before jump-starting body and brain functions.

December 9th

Asian Football Confederation to Have AEDs at All Matches

CHELMSFORD, MA--ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has purchased ZOLL AED Plus® devices to distribute to its 47 member associations across Asia to protect their football players in the event of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). 

The AED Plus units will be present during all football matches. In all matches sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), of which AFC is a member, a match cannot start without the presence of an AED at the bench of the 4th official.

The Case for AED Registries

Bystander CPR is a critical link in the chain of survival. It has been shown to more than double a victim’s chance of surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Using an automated external defibrillator (AED) in addition to performing bystander CPR further improves the chances of survival.2 Yet, both bystander CPR and AEDs are not provided in a majority of OHCA events.

Because time is so critical in cardiac arrest, immediate bystander action (calling 9-1-1, performing CPR, and early defibrillation) is the cornerstone of maximizing the effectiveness of subsequent EMS and hospital interventions and ultimately survival. This is especially true in rural and congested urban areas with prolonged response times. 

December 5th

Philips Healthcare Issues Position Statement Regarding Recent FDA Communication

Philips Healthcare has released the following statement regarding a recent FDA Communication

In August 2012, Philips initiated a voluntary safety notification regarding the company’s HeartStart FRx, HeartStart Home, and HeartStart OnSite Automated External Defibrillator (AED) devices, due to the remote possibility of a hazard associated with the potential failure of an internal electrical component. In January 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified this action as a Class II recall, where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote. The safety notification affected approximately 605,000 HeartStart AED devices worldwide, of which nearly 284,000 are in the U.S.

December 3rd

Defibrillators, Police Cars a Perfect Pair

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--When San Francisco police officers come across a person on the street without a pulse, they can start CPR, call an ambulance, hope for the best.

But soon some of them will be able to do something more to try to save that life.

An innovative program will pair local businesses with a police patrol car and pay for a cardiac defibrillator. The hope is that with a little help from merchants, all 320 SFPD cars can be outfitted with the devices, technically known as automated external defibrillators or AEDs.

The idea makes perfect sense. Cops are almost always the first on the scene, and with cardiac arrest, every second counts.

"This is a time-sensitive device," says Ben Dorcy, a paramedic who trains officers at the city's police academy. "If you use it within 10 minutes, you are good. If you use it within four minutes, you are excellent. It's a no-brainer."

December 2nd

Unfolded Protein Response Contributes to Sudden Death

A researcher at the Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals has found a link to human heart failure that if blocked, may reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death. The paper, written by Samuel C. Dudley, M.D., Ph.D., chief of cardiology at the CVI, is published in the journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

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