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[…]

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[…]

Sudden Cardiac Arrest – Who’s at Risk? Many people have the mistaken perception that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is only a problem for male senior citizens. The reality is that SCA strikes both men and women, and although the average age of victims is 65, many victims are much younger with documented victims in their teens, twenties, thirties and forties. In 1995, world-class figure skater Sergei Grinkov finished a practice routine, complained of dizziness, and collapsed. Within one hour, despite extensive resuscitation efforts, the apparently healthy 28-year-old skater died, a victim of SCA. Each year, 350,000 people die from SCA in the United States. Sudden cardiac arrest can strike any part of the population at any time — adults, adolescents,[…]

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[…]