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A Daughter Makes Lifesaving Plea to 911: Coach Me Through CPR?

In March 2017, Mary Smith took an afternoon off work to visit her daughter and 2-week-old grandson Brody at their Minneapolis suburb home.

Smith brought in groceries for dinner and carried a mobile crib up the stairs from the car. She was in the entryway when she found herself out of breath.

She collapsed, making a thud that her daughter, Lindsey Bomgren, heard from the hallway to the nursery.

Thinking her mom fell, Bomgren called out to her. Smith didn't respond.

Bomgren put down Brody and raced to the entryway. She grabbed her phone and called 911. She told the dispatcher her mom wasn't breathing. Smith was in cardiac arrest.

Ohio Requires EMD Training for All Dispatch Centers

New state requirement for dispatchers targets better, faster treatment

The state has a new requirement to all emergency dispatch centers across Ohio that is designed improve treatment for urgent medical calls.

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services gave all dispatch centers a deadline of April 1 to either be emergency medical dispatch certified or to submit a timeline for compliance.

EMD is a systematic program of handling medical calls, according to Lt. Ben Walker.

Survivors and Loved Ones Invited to Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit

Sudden cardiac arrest survivors and their loved ones are invited to attend the Citizen CPR Foundation's Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit, December 10-13 in Seattle. The Summit will feature a special track for survivors, a Rock ‘n Roll celebration, and a mass CPR training event.

Giant Food Announces the Addition of AEDs to All Stores

Giant in-store pharmacists, managers and associates will be trained in the use of the devices

LANDOVER, MD--Giant Food, the leading greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain, announces today that it has installed public access automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all of its 164 stores across Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. The AEDs were placed in the closest proximity to the front and middle of all stores as of June 30th, 2019.

Understanding the Risks for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Among Athletes — But Not Overstating Them

TORONTO, ON--A runner is in the final stretch of the marathon they’ve trained months for. In the distance awaits their family, friends and some well-earned rest. Suddenly, without warning, they drop to the ground. Medical staff rush to the athlete’s side. “Are you OK?” they ask. “Are you alright?”

Life Saving T-CPR Course Introduced by PowerPhone

MADISON, CT-- PowerPhone, one of the country's leading providers of public safety telecommunicator training and protocol systems, has announced the expansion of its Telecommunicator CPR (T-CPR) training options. With telecommunicators being the first link in the response chain, getting CPR started as quickly as possible is often the difference between life and death. During the call-handling process, it is crucial that all telecommunicators properly convey pre-arrival CPR instructions to provide the best quality service.

"Every telecommunicator working in a primary PSAP, should possess the skills and have access to effective pre-arrival CPR instructions that may be used if no other option is immediately available." Jerry Turk, PowerPhone President.

Bystander CPR Less Likely for Black Kids in Poorest Neighborhoods

DALLAS, TX--African American children living in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods are significantly less likely than their Caucasian counterparts in disadvantaged or wealthier areas to receive CPR from a bystander, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Many Who Have Died of Cardiac Arrest May Have Had Undetected Heart Attacks, Study Says

Not all heart attacks are the same — some of them are characterized as silent, meaning they can occur with atypical symptoms or no symptoms at all, and new research reveals a strong association between these silent heart attacks and sudden cardiac death.

In other words, many people who have died of sudden cardiac arrest may have had an undiagnosed or unnoticed heart attack at some point earlier in their life.

Cardiac Arrest Among Hospitalized Patients May Be Underestimated

Study Highlights:

  • More patients may be having cardiac arrests in the hospital than previously believed.
  • The health burden of in-hospital adult cardiac arrest is about 38% greater than earlier reports and 18% greater for children, according to one study.

DALLAS, TX--Significantly more patients suffer cardiac arrests in U.S. hospitals each year than previously estimated, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

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