by Richard P. Jones    If the governor agrees, life-saving devices that can revive heart attack victims with an electric shock may become as common as fire extinguishers in buildings.    The Legislature Tuesday sent Gov. Tommy G. Thompson a bill aimed at boosting the distribution of semiautomatic defibrillators .    On a voice vote, the Senate gave final legislative approval to the bill that would protect lay people trained in the use of the devices from being sued when acting as "good Samaritans."    Lay people who successfully complete four hours of training in the use of defibrillators would be immune from civil liability if they used the devices in good faith. The proposal would not preclude lawsuits in[…]

More than 2,000 Medtronic Physio-Control AEDs will help protect residents and visitors Miami and Redmond, Wash. – The Miami-Dade Police Department, a recognized leader for its innovative law enforcement programs, is now leading the way in the fight against one of the nation’s leading killers, sudden cardiac arrest.    The Department’s sworn officers have been trained to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) – small, easy-to-use devices that enable non-medical personnel to treat a person in cardiac arrest. The Department has equipped 1,900 patrol cars, marine units, mounted units, helicopters and bicycle patrols with LIFEPAK® 500 AEDs, manufactured by Medtronic Physio-Control of Redmond, Wash. – making this not only the largest police AED program but the largest public access defibrillation program[…]

New technology puts lifesaving devices into the hands of employees. from MERGInet News    The last thing Jim Young remembers about Jan. 22, 1998 was that he had finished his daily workout at the Michelin company fitness center and was standing before a soda machine thinking about calling his wife.    Three days later, he woke in a hospital. He was told he had suffered a severe heart attack and was saved by a coworker who used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to shock his heart back to a regular beat. Michelin had brought the AEDs into the plant two weeks earlier and trained its security officers to use the equipment.    "If it hadn’t been for Michelin security, I’d[…]

About AEDs    Stand Clear! We’ve all heard the shout as actors on TV apply paddles to a cardiac arrest victim’s chest. What this drama is re-enacting is defibrillation, which unfortunately most people think can only happen in an ambulance or hospital.    PADL thinks this needs to change, because every day in our area three people die from sudden cardiac arrest and of that number, one could have been saved by early defibrillation.    We’re not talking about the kind of defibrillation shown on TV. We’re talking about the kind that you can learn to do; the kind that can get to sudden cardiac arrest victim’s quickly enough to make a difference. We’re talking about AEDs, or automated external[…]

Dear Colleagues: There are few days that pass on which I am not informed of some new tactic in the ongoing competitive battle among AED manufacturers in the pursuit of sales of devices. Many of you have called me and asked for my opinions on these tactics. I have come to a point at which I can no longer stand by silently and make no formal statement to all of you on this issue. During my many years of clinical research in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, it has been my very real privilege to work with virtually all of you in the clinical assessment of your devices. I respect all of you as colleagues. This communication is NOT directed at any[…]

by Maureen Landis Two Lancaster County fire companies will add equipment this month to treat victims of cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death for firefighters.    Ironville Fire Company Chief David Ney said that according to the National Fire Protection Association, "more than 50 percent of all firefighter fatalities are caused by cardiac arrest.    "It is only common sense that a fire engine carry this vital piece of equipment with these statistics in mind."    Columbia No. 1 also will add the device, called a semiautomatic external defibrillator, donated by Prudential Insurance Co.’s Helping Hearts Program.    After training this month provided by the Lancaster County Heart Foundation, the fire crews will be prepared to increase protection to[…]

Lancaster, PA – The Columbia Fire Department recently purchased a portable cardiac defibrillator with the assistance of a $1,000 grant.    The defibrillator administers jolts of electricity to someone who is having cardiac arrest.    The department obtained the device with the assistance of a $1,000 grant from the Prudential Helping Hearts Program.    The program has provided defibrillators to emergency workers in the country since 1994.

by Kathleen Doheny July 25, 1999   At a press conference two years ago during a cardiologists’ convention in Anaheim, officials from Qantas Airways demonstrated how a portable defibrillator the size of a laptop computer could deliver an electrical shock to restore a heart’s normal rhythm after cardiac arrest. The officials from the Australian airline predicted that American carriers would soon follow their lead in putting defibrillators on board.    The forecast is becoming reality.    American Airlines was the first major U.S. carrier to begin stocking AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) and is now fully equipped, as is Delta Air Lines’ fleet. United Airlines plans to begin stocking the devices on all flights soon. US Airways hopes to be fully equipped[…]

Greenwood police can now give more help to heart attack victims.    The department’s nine officers recently completed training on the city’s new automatic external defibrillator said Police Chief Harry Gurin.    The machine is similar to electric shock units used by ambulances and in hospitals to restore a normal heart beat, except that Greenwood’s unit contains a computer which monitors a patient’s condition. The computer controls the unit so that a non-medical person, with some training, can operate it safely.    "It will give us a little bit more of an edge," Gurin said.    The officers completed a four-hour course taught by Jeff Johnson, a paramedic with Johnson County Med-Act.    The city doesn’t have its own fire[…]

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[…]