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,[…]

by Doug Beazley Between the stress of cash stakes and the fact that most of the patrons are over 40, casinos are prime heart attack territory, says an Edmonton doctor.     Which is why Dr. David Shragge, Misericordia hospital emergency room physician and director of the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, thinks casinos ought to drop a few grand on electric shock defibrillators for their patrons.    "Casinos tend to attract older people," he said. "A lot of them smoke. A lot of them are overweight. The potential (for cardiac arrest) is always there."    Shragge said that if casinos spent the $4,000 to $11,000 it costs to buy a defibrillator, the foundation could train casino staff on how to use[…]

American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will equip its fleet of 229 jet and turboprop aircraft with automatic external defibrillators (AED) by spring of 2000.    Eagle’s 1,100 flight attendants will be trained this fall to use the defibrillators. Its first defibrillator, manufactured by Hewlett Packard Heartstream of Seattle, will be installed in December.    "Today’s state-of-the-art automatic external defibrillator has truly proven to be a lifesaver for passengers suffering from sudden cardiac arrest, " said Dr. David McKenas, medical director for AMR Corp. (NYSE: AMR), the parent of American Eagle.    The American Heart Association estimates that 100,000 lives a year could be saved if AEDs were broadly deployed in areas where large groups of people gather,[…]

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St John Ambulance Volunteers Have Helped at Countless Post-war Disasters Right up to the Paddington Rail Crash by Philip Johnston  BRITAIN’S leading first aid charity, which can trace its antecedents to a medieval bloodbath, commemorates 900 years today of ministering to the sick and injured.    A service at St Paul’s Cathedral marks the Nona centenary of St John Ambulance, which has 57,000 members in Britain and more than 200,000 worldwide.    Their familiar black and white uniforms with distinctive badge will again be much in evidence at football matches and other public functions today.    But the events that accompanied the foundation of the chivalric Order of St John would have taxed the skills of the most accomplished first-aider.[…]

by Lois M. Collins    Bridgette McDonald believes she’s alive because of a series of little miracles.     The 40-year-old Delta Air Lines flight attendant was sitting in the jump seat during takeoff on a flight to New Orleans May 21 when she slumped over. The first miracle was another attendant, Darla Crook, was in the jump seat next to her, which doesn’t usually happen.    When Crook laid McDonald on the floor of the plane, she discovered no pulse, no respiration. She notified the captain and used the overhead speakers to ask for any physician or nurse on board to come forward.    An Intermountain Health Care nurse, Karen Winters of Cottonwood Hospital, answered the call first, followed by Brett[…]

Officers in Norwalk Have New Equipment and Training to Help in Emergencies by Pierre Amanda NORWALK – Norwalk’s police department has another tool to help residents in need.    On Aug. 17 members of the department became certified to treat victims of cardiac arrest with a machine called an automated external defibrillator, which delivers an electric shock to a stopped heart in an attempt to start its beating.    "Now they’re providing a key link in the chain of survival," said Norwalk Rescue Capt. Michael Wenger, who helped train officers Ron Downing, Doug Metzger and Sgt. Kirk Westvold for their state certification. Officer Mike Kienol will complete the process soon and the department’s new members are expected to receive their[…]

POLK CITY – Polk City Volunteer Fire and Rescue should have cardiac defibrillators to help patients with failing hearts on both of its ambulances within two months.    Through a combination of city money, private grants and donations, the rescue squad has acquired nearly $10,000 to buy one new and one used cardiac defibrillator, an instrument used to bring a failing heart back into rhythm. The squad now has one defibrillator but two ambulances.    Assistant Chief Deb Wilkinson said the department decided to buy two defibrillators because the current one is outdated. She said the rescue squad used a defibrillator five times last year.    "It’s a vital, lifesaving piece of equipment," Wilkinson said. "It picks up some activity[…]

American Carries Defibrillators That Started Their Hearts in Flight by Laura Griffin    If their hearts had stopped beating somewhere else, Robert Giggey, Michael Tighe and Roger Schorack would probably still be dead.    But each was brought back to life on board American Airlines planes with the help of portable defibrillators.    During an emotional ceremony at American Airlines headquarters Friday, the three men thanked flight attendants and airline executives for giving them a second chance at life.    "I’m not much of a praying person," said Roger Schorack, who suffered cardiac arrest while putting his bag above his seat before a scheduled flight from New York to Paris in January. "But I had a prayer that when I[…]