Emergency Cardiac Care News Digest – June 14, 2024

Emergency Cardiac Care News Digest is an assortment of current events and news related to emergency cardiac care and resuscitation. Produced by Code One Training Solutions, Emergency Cardiac Care News Digest is published every Friday throughout the year.

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden

We Can Save More Victims Of Cardiac Arrest. The Answer Is In Our Hands.

Arthur L. Kellermann- ER doctor, public health researcher and patient advocate.
Not All Communities Are Alike
Despite the vast commitment of manpower and resources, only ten percent of OHCA victims leave the hospital alive. However, this number masks striking differences in community rates of survival. Although some communities save far more than 10 percent, others save far less. Since the training, equipment, drugs, and even vehicles EMS crew members use are relatively standardized, what explains these striking differences?

Read in Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/arthurkellermann/2024/06/19/we-can-save-more-victims-of-cardiac-arrest-the-answer-is-in-our-hands/

Holley teen Leigha Walker honored by school board for life-saving CPR on car crash victim

HOLLEY, N.Y. — A Holley teen and her teacher were honored by the Holley School Board for their life-saving actions.
Leigha Walker, an 18-year-old high school senior, and the teacher who taught her CPR both received an award from the school board.
As News10NBC previously reported, Walker performed chest compressions on a man, saving his life after his car crashed into a pole in front of the Subway restaurant where she works in Brockport.
“I just saw him and just immediately started doing chest compressions,” Walker said. “I just knew that I had to do something.”

Video story: https://www.whec.com/top-news/holley-teen-leigha-walker-honored-by-school-board-for-life-saving-cpr-on-car-crash-victim/

American Heart Association expands lifesaving efforts through a corporate-driven Heart Walk campaign

Dr. Larry Antonucci, 2024 Lee Heart Walk Chair and President & CEO at Lee Health, will spearhead efforts in Lee County by rallying fellow corporate leaders and their employees to join the 2024 Lee Heart Walk. “With the expansive reach of the Heart Walk, we have a unique opportunity to solve a big problem right here in our community,” said Dr. Antonucci. “Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and there are countless lives in Lee County that could have been saved if bystanders were confident and ready to perform CPR. Through fundraising, community education and corporate engagement, the Heart Walk aims to enhance CPR training accessibility, bolster bystander preparedness, increase funding for vital research, and ultimately, save lives. We urge every company in Lee County to participate in the Heart Walk, taking the first step toward creating a community of lifesavers. The readiness of our community could be the difference between life and death of someone we know and love.”

Story: https://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/articles/join-the-movement-to-turn-bystanders-into-lifesavers/

Heartsmart Lee County

Through collaborative efforts and commitment, Heartsmart Lee County endeavors to empower their community with the knowledge, skills and resources needed to respond swiftly and effectively in times of crisis.
With compassion, innovation and dedication, Heartsmart Lee County is determined to make a profound impact on the lives of those affected by cardiac arrest, ensuring that hope is never out of reach. Together, we are the driving force behind a healthier, more resilient Lee County and Southwest Florida, one heartbeat at a time.

Learn more: https://www.heartsmartlee.com/

Colleagues make all the difference in workplace cardiac arrest

Ambulance Victoria (AV) paramedics say bystanders made all the difference in saving the life of a colleague who suffered a cardiac arrest at work.
Mildura resident and Wentworth Shire Council engineer Jag Jayasena began feeling unwell before collapsing in cardiac arrest at his workplace in April this year.
His colleagues Ryan Thomson and Jarrod Roberts immediately launched into action, calling for an ambulance, beginning CPR within a minute and attaching the office automated external defibrillator (AED) to Jag’s chest.
Victorian and New South Wales paramedics both responded to the incident, delivering six shocks with a defibrillator before achieving a return of spontaneous circulation.

Full story: https://www.ambulance.vic.gov.au/colleagues-make-all-the-difference-in-workplace-cardiac-arrest/

Highmark, AHN, Pirates team up to provide AED machines to local youth organizations

The ABC Fields complex in Lower Burrell, Pa., was bustling with activity on Saturday as the Burrell Baseball Association’s 11 & Under Tournament was taking place in a sun-splashed environment. Youngsters in colorful uniforms were playing the game they love, the unmistakable smell of burgers being grilled outside the nearby concession stand was in the air, and parents and grandparents were busy offering encouragements to the kids participating in the games.
Amid all of that, and just before a 1 o’clock contest between Burrell and Riverside, officials from Highmark and Allegheny Health Network (AHN) presented a new automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Burrell Baseball Association to replace an old one that had expired.

Read more: https://www.mlb.com/news/pirates-host-aed-donation-event

Bystanders start CPR after 2 go under in Montcalm County lakes

CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — After two people had to be resuscitated by CPR following separate incidents in lakes, the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is warning people to be careful while in the water.
The first happened Saturday at Crystal Lake in Crystal Township. Montcalm County dispatch received a call reporting a 6-year-old Carson City boy was found floating and unresponsive in the water.
“It is believed he was not down long,” according to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office.
The boy’s family members pulled him out and a bystander performed CPR until first responders arrived, according to the sheriff’s office.

Continue reading: https://www.woodtv.com/news/montcalm-county/bystanders-start-cpr-after-2-go-under-in-montcalm-county-lakes/

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning-Know the signs of drowning before getting out on the water this summer.

The captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. He was a former lifeguard, and he knew what to do: He headed straight for a couple swimming between their anchored sportfish and the beach.
“I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband told his wife. They had been splashing each other, and she had screamed, but now they were just standing on a sandbar.
“We’re fine. What is he doing?” she asked, annoyed.
“We’re fine!” the husband yelled, waving the captain off.
But he kept swimming. Hard.
“Move!” the captain barked as he sprinted between the couple. Directly behind them, not 10 feet away, their 9-year-old daughter was drowning.
How did this captain know—from 50 feet away—what the father couldn’t recognize from just 10 feet?

More: https://www.soundingsonline.com/news/drowning-doesnt-look-like-drowning

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

In 10 percent of drownings, adults are nearby but have no idea the victim is dying. Here’s what to look for.

Every club needs a defibrillator – coach who raised funds after Eriksen collapse

A football coach has said “every club should have a defibrillator” after he and his son raised funds to install 20 machines at their local club following Danish player Christian Eriksen’s collapse in 2021.
Ben Jones, 36, from Cuddington in Cheshire, ran a mile a day for 26 days with his son, Oscar, 10, raising £8,950 for Cuddington and Sandiway Junior Football Club – the club which Mr Jones coaches for.

Full story: https://jerseyeveningpost.com/morenews/uknews/2024/06/17/every-club-needs-defibrillator-coach-who-raised-funds-after-eriksen-collapse/

SA Water rolls out lifesaving defibrillators at reservoirs across South Australia

SA Water has announced the implementation of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at eight reservoir reserves throughout South Australia. This strategic placement of AED devices aims to provide immediate assistance for cardiac emergencies, potentially saving lives.
The reserves where these devices have been installed include locations with high public accessibility both in metropolitan and regional areas. These areas are frequented by a large number of visitors, making it a critical focus for installing life-saving equipment.
James Crocker, SA Water’s Senior Manager of Environment and Energy shared, “Any member of the community can access these life-saving devices when needed, with each AED located in a publicly accessible place, available during reservoir opening hours and carrying clear step-by-step instructions.” Explicit in their placement, the AEDs are installed near toilet blocks at various reservoir reserves to ensure they are both visible and accessible.

Source: https://glamadelaide.com.au/sa-water-rolls-out-lifesaving-defibrillators-at-reservoirs-across-south-australia/

You Are the Help Until Help Arrives” by the Middlesex Boro Office of Emergency Management

Middlesex Boro Office of Emergency Management continues to spearhead the Whole Community Preparedness Initiative called “You Are the Help Until Help Arrives” in collaboration with the Middlesex Boro Library. As part of this program, we were excited to bring specialized training to the Middlesex Borough Recreation Department’s Camp Counselors. Enjoy some of the quotes of participants: “The CPR and first aid training was a great way for the counselors to learn how to notice warning signs and how to react to them when and if they should come across a situation like that.” (Michelle M.- supervisor)
“This training was very beneficial in providing knowledge on various medical topics camp counselors may encounter. Epi-pen administration was a fantastic addition to the program as some attendees have allergies, so it’s important for our counselors to know how to quickly react.” (Mackenzie M.- rec dept)

More: https://www.middlesexboro-nj.gov/latest-news/you-are-the-help-until-help-arrives-by-the-middlesex-boro-office-of-emergency-management

Use of High-Fidelity Simulation as an Adjunct to Basic Life Support Training To Promote Team-Based Resuscitation Skills: A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study

Twenty-four first-year medical students completed the pilot training during sessions offered in February and May of 2023. The program included the traditional AHA Heartcode BLS course, which ranges from two to four hours, and includes both online and in-person skills components. This was followed by a 90-minute high-fidelity simulation session consisting of two simulated resuscitations separated by a student-led plus/delta debriefing. Facilitators then debriefed the entire activity. Students completed an anonymous online survey that used a 0-10 slider scale to attribute their perceived proficiency for specific skills to the initial BLS course or the teamwork simulations and provided qualitative feedback.

Read on: https://www.cureus.com/articles/259834-use-of-high-fidelity-simulation-as-an-adjunct-to-basic-life-support-training-to-promote-team-based-resuscitation-skills-a-mixed-methods-pilot-study#!/

Damar Hamiln’s collapse, survival inspires crews to get AED devices in patrol cars

CINCINNATI — The collapse and survival of NFL player Damar Hamlin during a game in Cincinnati is behind a new effort to help people during a heart attack.
Officers will now be equipped with AEDs to help before paramedics get there.
“Project Heart Restart” has been helping to get AED devices in buildings across the Hamilton County area
After seeing what happened to Damar Hamlin on the field, crews teamed up with the Rotary Club to start raising money to help get AED machines in patrol cars
So far, “Project Restart” has raised enough funding to get 100 AED machines in patrol cars
Officers haven’t had to use the AED machines yet, but Charmaine McGuffy, the Hamilton County Sheriff, said they’re ready.

Entire story: https://spectrumnews1.com/oh/dayton/news/2024/06/10/damar-hamiln-s-collapse–survival-inspires-crews-to-get-aed-devices-in-patrol-cars—

ENCORE: Chesterfield County, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation and Chesterfield Fire and Emergency Medical Services coordinate efforts to strategically place 24/7 accessible AEDs.

Spotlighting: International Drowning Researchers’ Alliance

The International Drowning Researchers’ Alliance (IDRA) was established as a global scientific network devoted to all aspects of the use of quantitative and qualitative methods in drowning research to promote safety in and around water environments. IDRA provides a vital link between researchers and those involved in the management and prevention of drowning.
More: https://idra.world/

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