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.

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National Football League honored for lifesaving efforts in CPR education and AED access

CHICAGO, June 11, 2024 — The American Heart Association, celebrating 100 years of lifesaving service, recognized the National Football League (NFL) with its Award of Meritorious Achievement Monday night. The award, the highest honor the organization bestows, was presented to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during ceremonies celebrating the founding of the American Heart Association. The Association was created 100 years ago this week at the Drake hotel in downtown Chicago. The NFL has collaborated with the American Heart Association for nearly a quarter of that century to promote health and fitness with youth. The NFL received the Association’s Award of Meritorious Achievement for the league’s recent CPR awareness outreach and support of community-based CPR training.

More: https://newsroom.heart.org/news/national-football-league-honored-for-lifesaving-efforts-in-cpr-education-and-aed-access

UPMC Emergency Medicine Physician Teaches Bystander CPR to Communities of Color

Sylvia Owusu-Ansah, M.D., MPH, EMS medical director of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and associate professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine is passionate about her patients and is on a mission to empower communities by teaching bystander CPR (bCPR). According to the National Institute of Health, Black and hispanic people are less likely to receive potentially lifesaving bystander CPR than white people. Her article, published in the New England Journal of Medicine shares how Owusu-Ansah and a team of UPMC and Pitt faculty and trainees are saving lives by teaching bCPR to student athletes and children from marginalized communities.

Full story: https://inside.upmc.com/upmc-emergency-medicine-physician-teaches-bystander-cpr-to-communities-of-color/

Emergency Medical Service Agency Practices and Cardiac Arrest Survival

Survival for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) varies widely across emergency medical service (EMS) agencies in the US. However, little is known about which EMS practices are associated with higher agency-level survival.

In this study, researchers aim to identify resuscitation practices associated with favorable neurological survival for OHCA at EMS agencies.

Read on: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/38837166/#:~:text=The%20mean%20(SD)%20rate%20of,risk%2Dstandardized%20favorable%20neurological%20survival.

GNTC police officer receives Life-Saving Award

A Georgia Northwestern Technical College police officer has been recognized for his quick actions that saved a 4-year-old boy from drowning.
Sgt. Bruce Franks said he and his wife Kayla, a GNTC police lieutenant, attended an Easter egg hunt and party for children at a friend’s house. As the couple unloaded supplies from their truck, Kayla Franks noticed a small child face down, not moving, in a swimming pool on the property.
“When I heard a panicked scream from Kayla, I sprinted to the pool,” Bruce Franks said. “I immediately jumped into the pool, swam over to the child and pulled him out of the water.”
The boy, a guest at the party, was unresponsive and had no pulse. The Franks were the only adults outside at the time of the incident. Bruce Franks said he began CPR immediately while his wife ran to get additional help.

More: https://www.dailycitizen.news/news/local_news/gntc-police-officer-receives-life-saving-award/article_ecb07146-2760-11ef-a1cc-f702fdf5c83f.html

CK guardian angels save runner’s life in Erieau

A runner is lucky to be alive after suffering a cardiac event following a race this past weekend in Erieau.
Run organizer J.P. Huggins of Blenheim and Chatham doctor Anthony Dixon jumped into action when they saw the man in his 30s slumped over on a bench after he finished the Trot to the Beach race on Sunday.
Huggins told CK News Today he performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to revive the man and grabbed Dr. Dixon to help. They were able to get the man back by using an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Source: https://cknewstoday.ca/chatham/news/2024/06/12/ck-guardian-angels-save-runners-life-in-erieau

Salisbury Paramedic Foundation installs AED at City Park

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury Paramedic Foundation recently installed an Automated External Defibrillator at the Salisbury City Park.
The life-saving equipment will be available to the public and is located by the bandstand. The Foundation plans to install over 50 public access AEDs throughout Wicomico County.

Video story: https://www.wmdt.com/2024/06/salisbury-paramedic-foundation-installs-aed-at-city-park/

AEDs, Narcan, Stop The Bleed Kits Installed In Downtown Bel Air

Officials have installed AEDs along with Narcan and Stop the Bleed kits in two spots in downtown Bel Air in case of emergency.
BEL AIR, MD — Officials have installed two publicly accessible automated external defibrillators in the downtown area. The AEDs can be found inside boxes that also contain a Stop the Bleed kit that helps control excessive bleeding, along with Narcan to treat an opioid overdose.
They are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in the Office Street pocket park across from the Harford County Courthouse and in Plumtree Park on Thomas Street near the intersection with Brooks Road in the Howard Park neighborhood.
People should call 911 first if they are experiencing or witness an emergency and the dispatcher will direct the caller – or another person designated by the caller – to the AED box if it is close to the scene of the emergency, officials noted.

Source: https://patch.com/maryland/belair/2-aeds-narcan-stop-bleed-kits-installed-downtown-bel-air

MedStar Health Partners with AKA Sorority Chapter and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue for CPR/AED Video Premiere and Training

GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — MedStar Health, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Theta Omega Omega Chapter, and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) rolled up their sleeves for a hands-only CPR/AED training event held at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy.
Over the weekend, attendees received instruction from MedStar Health physicians and members of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service on how to perform CPR and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). During the event, a brand-new CPR/AED training video produced by MedStar Health in partnership with the AKA chapter debuted.

Source and video: https://www.morningstar.com/news/pr-newswire/20240612dc37282/medstar-health-partners-with-aka-sorority-chapter-and-montgomery-county-fire-and-rescue-for-cpraed-video-premiere-and-training

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

Pediatric tele-resuscitation program saves lives over the phone

McMaster Children’s Hospital’s pediatric tele-resuscitation program connects emergency departments at small, rural hospitals with doctors and nurses who specialize in helping children suffering from a seizure, trauma, sepsis or other respiratory ailment.
Hospital staff aim an iPad mounted on a telescoping head at the patient so the experts at McMaster can advise on how best to stabilize the child and decide on next steps.
“We’re able to help them manage as if we’re standing right there in the room with them,” said Valerie Jansen, clinical leader of the MCH emergency department, in a media release.

Read on: https://www.thechronicle-online.com/news/local-news/pediatric-tele-resuscitation-program-saves-lives-over-the-phone

Essex-Windsor EMS making progress to improve defibrillator access across the area

Essex-Windsor EMS is making progress in finding the location of every automatic external defibrillator across the region.
In mid-April, EMS officials issued a call to the public to help locate and map out all the AEDs in the region in an effort to make sure they were in working order and to get more installed in public and work spaces.
Essex-Windsor EMS Chief Justin Lammers says they’re not where they need to be or want to be, but they are doing better.
“We are seeing an uptick from the public. Our team is working hard to get out there and identify the AEDs in the community, the Public Access Defibrillators. We’re sitting at just over 600 currently.”
When the campaign started, there were around 550 registered defibrillators, but it is estimated there could be as many as 1,000 across the area.

More: https://www.am800cklw.com/news/essex-windsor-ems-making-progress-to-improve-defibrillator-access-across-the-area.html

Life-saving equipment outside Lowestoft theatre and schools

The importance of public access defibrillators has been highlighted after a new life-saving piece of equipment installed on school fencing was used within days of it being unveiled.
Within the first couple of weeks of a new accessible school defibrillator for public use being put up at a school in Carlton Colville, Lowestoft it came to the aid of a local.
Over recent weeks three new pieces of life-saving equipment have been installed outside schools and on a town theatre in Lowestoft.
“There is no point in defibrillators being inside schools as when they are closed for school holidays, no one can get to that defibrillator.”

Full story: https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/24382202.life-saving-equipment-outside-lowestoft-theatre-schools/

THE PRAIRIE DOC-How to prevent sudden death

My first experience with cardiopulmonary resuscitation was during the summer of 1969. I was an orderly in a Minneapolis intensive care unit (ICU) when my patient stopped breathing. I called for help and provided mouth-to-mouth breathing until the team arrived. Later the doctor told me I saved the patient’s life, further convincing me that medicine was my life’s purpose.

Read on: https://brookingsregister.com/stories/how-to-prevent-sudden-death,85410

Woman recounts saving child from near drowning, performing CPR

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) — Brianna Squillace said she was at her apartment pool in Englewood on June 2, along with dozens of other people, when her family spotted a young girl in trouble.
“I saw this girl floating and her face was blue, and I didn’t even think. I just acted. I pulled her out of the water, and I started CPR immediately, and the next thing I knew her whole family was surrounding me, and they called the paramedics,” Squillace said.

More: https://kdvr.com/news/local/woman-recounts-saving-child-from-near-drowning-performing-cpr/

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Spotlighting: SaveMiHeart

The mission of SaveMiHeart is to improve survival from sudden cardiac arrest in the community by engaging Michigan citizens, community groups, and professionals to provide education, research, and support.
Currently, SaveMiHeart is composed of member MCAs who are committed to reporting data on sudden cardiac arrests in their jurisdictions. SaveMiHeart is led by board members and medical experts from across the state who drive their various initiatives.

More: https://www.pulsepoint.org/foundation

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