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Harrison Co. schools want defibrillators in all gyms, stadiums

A near tragedy earlier this week has strengthened Harrison County School District officials' belief in the importance of having defibrillators close at hand. Athletic Director Michael Gavin said football player Tyler Free remains in hospitalized in Jackson as doctors try to figure out why the ninth grader collapsed during a junior varsity game in D'Iberville.

After the 15-year-old Ocean Springs player fell out, Harrison County's athletic trainer Keith Ganey ran to the young man's side.

"I saw an Ocean Springs athlete collapse to the field face first," said Ganey. "His breathing was compromised at that time and then there was no pulse."

While some coaches ran to dial 911, other coaches ran to the field house to get the automated electronic defibrillator.

"We started chest compressions, and by the time we got about 20 compressions, the AED was out there," said Ganey. "I think that was the key thing on saving this kid's life."

Medical field responds to high school football player deaths

Moving swiftly and efficiently is key to dealing with catastrophic injury, head trauma and cardiac arrest, say medical experts.

Speed and quickness are a vital part of all sports — particularly in football.

In light of a recent rash of death on high school gridirons throughout the land, parents, coaches and medical professionals need to move faster, say sports medicine professionals.

"I think that we're getting better in terms of getting information out and awareness," said Jonathan Drezner, a past president for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and current team physician for the Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington. "But when we continue to lose life, we can't move fast enough."

On Sunday, South Harrison (Lost Creek, W. Va.) senior Dylan Jeffries, 17, died after collapsing during a Sept. 27 game and being placed in a medically induced coma due to a blood clot on his brain. Surgery to remove the blood clot did not work.

'Hands-Only' CPR Taught at SRVHS Game

If you saw a tent dedicated to teaching 'hands-only' CPR at the San Ramon Valley High football games this week, it was in honor of the National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month.
The HeartSafe Committee taught hands-only CPR and the proper use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) during half-time of the junior varsity game through half-time of the varsity game inside the San Ramon Valley High School Stadium.

The CPR tent was set up near the field, so all fans had the opportunity to learn how to save a life.

“CPR is something everyone should learn, like riding a bike or learning to swim,” said Joe Farrell, San Ramon Valley HeartSafe Committee member and sudden cardiac arrest survivor.

“I was fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time to save someone using CPR and then just a year later to have someone else use their knowledge of CPR to save me.”

A $20 'Glove' Will Save The Lives Of Thousands Who Are Having Heart Attacks

Back in 1995, I joined a small breakfast group with Dr. Peter Pasternack, a top cardiologist at NYU Medical Center and a pioneer in the field of surgical risks for heart patients, and Dr. Govindan Gopinathan, a top neurologist at NYU. I felt privileged to meet with this accomplished group, and we soon embarked on a project – inspired by Gopinathan – looking into how health care in the outpatient setting was changing, and how it was being threatened by insurance and regulation alike. How prescient this project looks now, with the benefit of the retrospectoscope.

PulsePoint Foundation Announces Significant Usability Enhancements in Latest Release Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.co

New app version includes most requested features within a completely redesigned user interface

By PulsePoint Foundation

LAS VEGAS, SEPT. 9, 2013 — /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- At EMS World today the PulsePoint Foundation debuted a completely redesigned and extended version of its revolutionary CPR/AED "citizen responder" mobile phone application. The PulsePoint app enables members of the public to provide immediate life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest while professional responders are making their way to the scene.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130909/MN75911)

Protein Discovery Explains Why Sudden Cardiac Arrest Tends To Occur In The Morning

Sudden cardiac arrest -- when your heart stops functioning because of an electrical disturbance, which can lead to death if not treated immediately with CPR or defibrillation -- is known to occur more often between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. But why?

According to new research, it could have something to do with levels of a protein called KLF15, which regulates electrical activity in the heart.

Dr. Mukesh Jain, M.D., of Case Western Reserve University, and colleagues found that people with heart failure tend to have low levels of this protein. Plus, they found in mice that this protein seems to be the link between circadian rhythm -- the body's internal clock -- and sudden cardiac arrest.

Uniformity in Regulations Needed for AED Laws

There is no dispute that portable defibrillators, simple-to-use device that supply jolts to shock a stilled heart to beat again, could save tens of thousands of lives a year in this country alone if they are accessible to willing bystanders.

But across America, there is anything but agreement among states about rules for the use of automated external defibrillators (or AEDs): Where they must be located; if they should be registered so authorities know where they are; whether a business that installs one is fully protected from liability; or even if a company is obliged to use one if someone on the premises suffers sudden cardiac arrest.

And some experts say the uneven patchwork of laws and regulations is a worrisome barrier to more widespread distribution and use of the battery-powered devices, which, if employed within minutes of cardiac arrest, can bring a person back to life. 

Defibrillators can make a difference in schools

When a heart stops beating, moments matter.

For every minute without emergency care, chances of surviving cardiac arrest dip about 10 percent.

It’s statistics like this that have inspired local doctors, school officials and parents to come together to educate the community on how to prevent and respond to sudden cardiac arrests. Their efforts have led to most high schools in Orange County bringing automated external defibrillators, known as AEDs, onto campus to treat unexpected health emergencies.

The devices, along with increased awareness, CPR training and medical advances, have made a difference, said Dr. Anjan Batra, medical director of electrophysiology for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s Heart Institute.

“We still need to make progress,” he said. “We’re still seeing kids that don’t make it.”

MADDEN LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING STATEWIDE DATABASE ON CHILDREN'S SUDDEN CARDIAC EVENTS SIGNED INTO LAW

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Fred Madden (D – Gloucester, Camden) that would require the reporting of children’s sudden cardiac events and establish a statewide database to keep track of such information was signed into law today.

“Collecting data about sudden cardiac events is the next step in our ongoing fight to raise awareness about the dangers and warning signs of cardiac arrest,” said Senator Madden. “With thousands of young people dying from cardiac conditions each year, we can no longer wait to combat this medical epidemic. A centralized registry of this information will allow us to make better and smarter decisions concerning our children’s health.”

Hypothermia is Making a Comeback in Medicine

Cooling patients who have suffered cardiac arrest can lessen damage to the brain; now researchers are looking for other ways to use induced hypothermia.

The last Dr. Peter Franklin remembers, he was lying on a table in the cardiac catheterization lab in a Miami hospital when his chest started to hurt.

Then he died. The medical team raced to restart Franklin’s heart, then placed a stent in a blocked artery to allow blood to again flow freely. His doctors also worked to save his brain, using a technique that’s as old as ancient Greece — hypothermia.

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