Sept 23 2023: Emergency Cardiac Care News Digest

Produced by Code One Training Solutions,  Emergency Cardiac Care News Digest is published every Friday throughout the year.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
-Confucian philosopher

Not having heard something is not as good as having heard it; having heard it is not as good as having seen it; having seen it is not as good as knowing it; knowing it is not as good as putting it into practice.

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City of Bexley, Ohio, to launch HEARTSafe Bexley at a community event on October 1

BEXLEY, OH–Sudden cardiac arrest is a national public health crisis. There are about 356,000 sudden cardiac arrest cases each year, and nearly 90% of them are fatal, according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.
In response to this crisis, the City of Bexley, Ohio, the Bexley Police Department, the Columbus Division of Fire, and several community organizations have teamed up to offer HEARTSafe Bexley, an initiative designed and supported by the Citizen CPR Foundation to improve cardiac arrest outcomes.
Develop a plan for improving outcomes that connects strategies with tactics, leveraging evidence-based recommendations, best practices and innovations in implementation.

His heart stopped while watching TV. His wife kept him alive.

After a seven-hour drive back home with his family to Woodbury, Minnesota, Dave Ogle planned to do what he always did: haul his suitcases upstairs to unpack and do laundry.
“Dave, please, let’s just relax and leave it for tomorrow,” said his wife, Kris Patrow.
He reluctantly agreed and joined her on the couch to watch their favorite new series, “Yellowstone.”
A few minutes into the show, Ogle made a raspy sound. The noise was so startling that Patrow jerked her head around to check on him.
Ogle’s eyes and mouth were open, but he wasn’t moving. His head had flopped onto the back of the couch.
She shook him and shouted his name. Nothing. He wasn’t breathing.
Ogle, 53, had gone into cardiac arrest. His heart wasn’t beating.
Less than a year before, Patrow had taken a CPR class at work. The training kicked in.

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Local student’s project helps bring a 24/7 accessible AED to playing fields at Curtis Corner Middle School

Zoë Lockwood organized a youth lacrosse clinic last spring to raise money for an automated external defibrillator at the Curtis Corner Playing Fields as part of her senior project at South Kingstown High School. With additional donations from Narragansett Firefighters Local 1589 and South County Youth Lacrosse, the AED and enclosure box were purchased and will be installed at the fields next week.
“We started putting ideas together in the fall of my senior year — how much money we would need (and) how we would raise the money,” Lockwood said. “Then, in the spring I was able to have a lacrosse clinic for youth girls’ lacrosse.”
Children from South Kingstown, North Kingstown and East Greenwich enrolled.
“We had a pretty good showing,” Lockwood said. “And we just asked for donations for those who participated.”
Through these means, and donations from Narragansett Firefighters (1589) and South County Youth Lacrosse, the costs were covered, and Lockwood made enough to buy an AED and enclosure box.
“My mission is to really get AEDs everywhere,” Chief of EMS Craig Stanley, who helped support the project, said. “As paramedics, (with) our job — the outcome of the patient really depends how quickly CPR is started and how quickly an AED can be placed on the patient. And we can’t be successful at our jobs without the public’s help.”

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Have you or someone you love experienced cardiac arrest? 

Understanding your experience is not easy, but experience is something this group can offer.
Heartsight is a non-profit initiative created by people impacted by cardiac arrest. It orients and empowers anyone who has been affected by this life-altering event. They connect you to trusted resources based on clinical research and the lived experiences of people like you. They are here to help.
Heartsight content highlights and addresses the three key moments where people affected by cardiac arrest feel most uncertain.
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Throwback in Resuscitation-The Forgotten History of the Heart-Aid

An interesting piece of history in the quest for saving lives from the early 1970s.The Heart-Aid was a precursor to the modern automated external defibrillator (AED).

Success and progress are built upon the work and achievements of those who came before us. In any field, resuscitation included, there are pioneers who paved the way for future discoveries. These pioneers may have developed new techniques or technologies that inspired others. Success is not achieved in isolation. Instead, it is built upon the work of those who came before us. By studying the achievements of past pioneers, we can gain a deeper understanding of our field and build upon their work to achieve even greater things. We don’t achieve success entirely on our own. We are all indebted to the pioneers who came before us and helped to shape our fields.

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Off-duty firefighter uses new AED at Medford soccer field to save a fellow player’s life

MEDFORD – An off-duty Hamilton firefighter is being hailed a hero, after going above the call of duty to save the life of a fellow soccer player on Sunday, September 17 at Medford High School.
Firefighter Dane Jorgensen saved a man’s life at what should have been an ordinary “New England Over-the-Hill” soccer league game.
“That was pretty amazing to see the life come back. That will stay with me for a long time,” said Jorgensen.
Twenty minutes into the Wenham versus Kendall Wanderers game, the Kendall player collapsed on the field. He was suffering cardiac arrest.

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After son’s collapse, Worthington family raising funds, awareness for AED training

Almost three months ago, Canen Dickman collapsed during a summer soccer practice. His coaches quickly jumped in, performing CPR and running to get an AED.
“I could tell in his eyes that he wasn’t there and that was a hard moment as a mom,” Canen’s mother Pamela Dickman said.
The quick actions of the coaches helped save Canen’s life.
“I don’t really remember anything from that day, but what I’ve been told is it was just normal summer practice, we were running around the track during our normal two mile and on our second mile, about halfway through, I just collapsed,” Canen Dickman said.

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Prehospital predicting factors using a decision tree model for patients with witnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and an initial shockable rhythm

This retrospective observational study used prospectively collected nationwide data from patients with OHCA in Japan based on the Utstein-style template. Researchers identified patients aged ≥ 18 years who were transported to a hospital by emergency medical services (EMS) due to OHCA between January 2005 and December 2020 and developed a decision tree model. This model suggested that prehospital ROSC, absence of adrenaline use in the field, younger age, bystander CPR, earlier defibrillation attempts, and earlier transportation to hospitals were important predictors of favorable neurological survival at 1 month in patients with witnessed OHCA with a shockable rhythm.

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In a heartfelt video, police credit a bystander who knew CPR for saving the life of a man pulled from water

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Ann Arbor Police Department released a video highlighting the importance of CPR after bystanders saved the life of a young man.
On July 27, dispatchers received 911 calls about a man at a park who went underwater and never resurfaced.
Several strangers worked together to pull the man, identified as Jamaine Atkins II, out of the water and onto the dock, police said.
Margarita Howes, 22, told police she was spending a day by herself at the park when she noticed the commotion at the dock.
“I started clearing the docks for when he got to the dock, throwing bags and throwing towels, not really caring where they went, because we had to make room for him when he got there,” Howes told MLive.
Howes then began CPR until an officer arrived at the scene.
Body camera video from Ann Arbor Police shows Howes performing CPR as Officer Thomas Burnette arrives and takes over life-saving measures. Burnette credited the bystanders for saving the man.

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Shocktober campaign to teach Kiwis the “Three Steps for Life”: Call 111, start CPR, use an AED

Hato Hone St John is on a mission to teach 10,000 New Zealanders how to save lives – starting right at the bottom of the motu on Rakiura.
Head of community education Jacci Tatnell said bystanders knowing CPR and how to find and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) gave patients the best chance of surviving cardiac arrest.
“Having people trained in all communities increases the likelihood of receiving this out of hospital response and improves the chances of survival,” Tatnell said.
“Our rural and isolated communities have fewer people located in them, so the more of these people who have the confidence and knowledge to respond, the better it is for everyone.”

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