INDIANAPOLIS – It’s been one year since Rollin "Mac" McClanahan "died" at the Fiddler’s Three Restaurant in Shelbyville, Indiana. Thanks to quick response of friends and paramedics who had a portable defibrillator, Mac is alive and well today, and on a mission to help his community improve its ability to resuscitate other victims of sudden cardiac arrest.    On July 8, 1998, Mac was dining out with his wife, Ruth, when he stood up to greet some friends and then collapsed without warning. Two friends, Stan Spreckelmeyer and Sgt. John R. Wheeler, recognized that Mac was in cardiac arrest and immediately started CPR, while restaurant personnel called 911. Paramedics Ty Barnett and Doug Lutes arrived three minutes later and used[…]

PALM SPRINGS, Calif — The Institute of Critical Care Medicine (ICCM), based in Palm Springs, announced today that its recent research has yielded an important advance for predicting the success or failure of electrical shocks delivered by defibrillators during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). There previously has been no practical and reliable real-time indicator for optimal timing of electrical shocks administered during CPR. Multiple shocks can injure the heart and cause resuscitation failure. It is anticipated that these ICCM discoveries will significantly improve the current disappointing outcomes of CPR and especially the great life-saving impact of defibrillators. The ICCM method is based on electrocardiographic (EKG) measurements together with the "artificial intelligence" of the computer chip in existing "smart" defibrillators. The electrocardiogram serves[…]

In January 1974, my father, who was then 65 years old, died suddenly. He had had a silent myocardial infarction five years previously, followed by mild angina easily controlled. My mother witnessed the death and immediately called emergency medical services but the response time was prolonged and my father could not be resuscitated. My father was mild diabetic but otherwise healthy and vigorously active. He probably could have been saved had there been a prompt defibrillation. Who knows, he might still be alive. My mother is alive and well. Several years ago I learned from Professor Michael O¬íRourke in Sydney, Australia, that Quantas Airlines had inaugurated the use of defibrillators on all of their overseas flights. It is my understanding[…]

by Hannah Start Members of the specially trained group, drawn from the Neighbourhood Watch, will work on a rota basis and respond to emergency calls.    The life-saving 20-strong team, from Lund, are all able to do life-support and use a special heart-start machine capable of electronically kick-starting a heart.    They have been given intensive training with the defibrillator by paramedics from Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, and will be called by their control room.    For every minute that passes after a cardiac arrest, the patients chances of survival diminish by 10 per cent.    Chief ambulance officer Steve Spurling said: The essence of the scheme is to begin effective treatment before the ambulance[…]

by Leigh Hopper, Houston Chronicle Medical Writer Many people think a hospital is a giant, emergency medical service unit – the ideal place to be if they suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. But it’s not.    A study out Monday suggested that hospitals need to follow the example of casinos, airports and shopping malls by training and equipping nonemergency personnel with easy-to-use automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).    When a cardiac arrest occurs, the heart often goes into a state of fibrillation, or chaotic rhythm, resulting in a quivering, ineffective muscle. Pumping stops, depriving organs of vital blood flow. For every minute that passes, survival is reduced by 10 percent.    Of the 270,000 people who experience cardiac arrest each year, only[…]

Michael White    The government will today announce plans to set up a chain of defibrillators in public places like airports, shopping malls and railway stations to help to reduce the incidence of heart attacks which kill people before an ambulance arrives.    In a number of pilot projects, designated volunteers who work in the neighborhood will be trained to use the equipment.    The idea is to prevent potentially fatal coronary damage immediately after heart attacks as ambulance paramedics now do with growing success.    What ministers have dubbed Britain’s ‘clot-busters’ scheme will be part of Frank Dobson’s long-promised white paper on public health, which aims to pioneer new methods of curbing killer diseases and targets everything from diet[…]

 by Chris Meehan    Several area businesses and agencies have either purchased or are planning to buy the portable life-saving devices.    Robert Townsend knew all about the new technology his employer had purchased to save the lives of heart patients.    As supervisor of the hazardous materials response team at Amway Corp., the 54-year-old Ada resident had been trained to use a portable defibrillator should a fellow worker go into cardiac arrest.    Happy that Amway had three devices on hand, Townsend never thought one would be used to jump-start his heart — until it was on Jan. 24.    "The people in our security department got to me in about two minutes," said Townsend, who was exercising in[…]

The Medtronic Foundation/HeartRescue Program Partners With North Memorial Health Care to Support Statewide AED Training ROBBINSDALE, Minn. — WHAT: Representatives from The Medtronic Foundation/HeartRescue program will present a $60,000 check to the North Memorial Foundation. The grant will help fund the AED training of nearly 4,000 people across the state of Minnesota over the next two years. SUMMARY: According to the American Heart Association (AHA), it is estimated that nearly 350,000 people in the United States experience sudden cardiac death each year, and that only 5 percent of this population survives such an episode. Studies suggest that early defibrillation plays a key role in increasing the chances of survival — in fact, the AHA estimates that if automatic external defibrillators[…]

by David Kearns    Jack Burklew was picking up branches during Keep Indian River Beautiful’s annual cleanup Saturday when his heart began to fail.     About 10 a.m., the 71-year-old collapsed, hitting his head on the pavement.    Less than a minute after a radio call for help, Sebastian police Officer Chris Rodriguez arrived. He brought with him a defibrillator, a $3,000 machine that jump-starts a failing or irregular heartbeat.    Burklew "had a very weak pulse," Sebastian police Chief Randy White said. "The machine advised a shock was needed so Chris shocked him one time. He could see his chest rising and his pulse came back real strong (afterwards)," White said. "The doctors and paramedics said (Rodriguez and the AED)[…]

by David M. Pollard    Bob Barton of Newburgh said he picked a good place to die on April 2, because he is alive to talk about it through the help of a neighbor.    While cutting grass at his mother-in-law’s home in Evansville, he suffered a cardiac arrest. The next thing he remembers is waking up in a hospital bed.    Matt Crowe, 33, of 1342 Harmony Way, was next door when Barton, 69, suffered his cardiac arrest. Crowe was alerted by a letter carrier that something was going on.    "The mailman hollered at me and I hollered to my wife to call 911," he said.    He, along with Ray Gunn, who was driving by the scene,[…]