Emergency Cardiac Care News Digest – Nov 3, 2023

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.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.

-Helen Keller

Why attend the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit?

Benjamin Abella, MD, MPhil, Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, shares why the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit is such an important conference to attend, no matter where you fall on the chain of survival.

Watch here: https://youtu.be/1TWWRAIOHHc?si=r4496demK9-qRXlv

Learn more about CASSummit 2023, Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in San Diego: https://citizencpr.org/summit2023/

Inside look at ZOLL Medical Corporation manufacturing plant producing almost 1,000 AEDs per day

Only four companies manufacture U.S.-approved AED devices, and orders quickly increased following the Bengals vs. Buffalo game.

WLWT was granted rare access inside one of those companies. Zoll Medical’s headquarters are based outside Boston in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. For the last 10 months, employees have been working to keep up with surging demand that the company does not expect to slow down soon.

AEDs are built, tested and shipped out of the facility. They are assembled for the majority of the day. Extensive testing on the devices runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“We can’t make enough devices fast enough to help save other people’s lives,” said Wes Ridlon, a quality control supervisor at Zoll. “The difference between this job and a different job is that we have an opportunity to save somebody’s life today.”

More: https://www-wlwt-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.wlwt.com/amp/article/aed-manufacturing-plant-chelmsford-massachusetts/45715922

A New Jersey man reunites with the hospital team that saved his life with 90 minutes of CPR

TEANECK, New Jersey (WCBS) — Kyle Hewlett and his mom, Gina Gilmore, have a lot to be thankful for.

Hewlett’s critical care team at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey saved his life after he suddenly went into cardiac arrest.

On Monday, Hewlett, 24, and Gilmore reunited with the hospital team.
“I just remember yelling ‘Save my son! Save my son!’ And they did. And I’m forever grateful,” said Gilmore.

More: https://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/new-jersey-man-reunites-with-hospital-team-that-saved-his-life-with-marathon-cpr-session/article_d1623c72-782d-11ee-9343-e7001f523b39.html

WLWT partners with the American Red Cross to raise funds for CPR training in low resource communities in Kentucky

CPR Training should be accessible and affordable by all.
Watch: https://youtu.be/u5pNR2_uaQo?si=x0kOSfe8d_75SHTH

Losing Brother to Cardiac Arrest, Woman Trains Hundreds in Lifesaving Skills at London Mosque

Samina Kiyani has teamed up with Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) and St John Ambulance to start the lifesaving training. A Muslim woman has started an initiative to train hundreds of people in lifesaving skills at the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre. At the age of 21, Samina Kiyani’s brother passed away when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at their home in Manchester.

More: https://aboutislam.net/muslim-issues/europe/more-than-300-bikes-given-away-at-bradford-mosque/

A matter of life and death at Albuquerque Public Schools

According to the district’s own (now repealed) AED policy APS was required to check its AEDs monthly to ensure the batteries and pads were current. However, APS could not produce any documentation showing it had routinely maintained or tested its defibrillators as mandated by state law. Among the pile of discarded defibrillators was one that had been at Governor Bent Elementary. It contained a maintenance record showing the device had not been checked or tested in the last 11 years.

More: https://www.krqe.com/news/larry-barker/a-matter-of-life-and-death-at-albuquerque-public-schools/

Significance of CPR training for culturally diverse communities

Dr Sonali Munot, a researcher involved in a study conducted by the Westmead Applied Research Centre, indicates that the majority of individuals express a desire to learn CPR or how to operate an Automated External Defibrillator. However, not everyone feels self-assured or ready to handle a cardiac arrest situation, particularly among migrants residing in NSW. In this podcast, Dr Munot discusses the reasons behind this phenomenon, its significance, and her personal insights from the research.

Listen: https://www.sbs.com.au/language/hindi/en/podcast-episode/cpr-training-is-crucial-for-people-with-multicultural-backgrounds-dr-sonali-munot/o2rvaw6mx

American Heart Association Supports Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s Cardiac Arrest Survivor Alliance™

The American Heart Association is a supporter of the Cardiac Arrest Survivor Alliance™ (CASA) program of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. CASA is an online resource for people who have been impacted by sudden cardiac arrest or the abrupt loss of heart function. The online community aims to help survivors and loved ones, as well as rescuers and advocates.

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The American Heart Association is a supporter of the Cardiac Arrest Survivor Alliance™ (CASA) program of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. CASA is an online resource for people who have been impacted by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) or the abrupt loss of heart function. The online community aims to help survivors and loved ones, as well as rescuers and advocates.

More: https://www.prweb.com/releases/american-heart-association-supports-sudden-cardiac-arrest-foundations-cardiac-arrest-survivor-alliance-301973070.html

New law addresses 911 system needs across Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – A new law set to take effect Wednesday in Oklahoma addresses needs for strengthened 911 response times especially in rural areas, lawmakers say. It adjusts fees charged to devices capable of calling 911 from 75 cents to $1.25 a month.
In addition to 911 infrastructure and computer system upgrades, the new law, based on House Bill 1590 passed this year by the Oklahoma Legislature, requires mandatory training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation for emergency dispatchers.

More: https://journalrecord.com/2023/11/01/new-law-addresses-911-system-needs-across-oklahoma/

Peyton Walker Foundation trains Carlisle High School seniors in CPR, AED use

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) — When someone goes into cardiac arrest, seconds can make the difference. One Midstate high school is making sure its students can save a life in an emergency.

Carlisle High School is working with the Peyton Walker Foundation to get all seniors hands-on training in CPR and using an AED. High school students are required to learn these skills in Pennsylvania, but the life-saving part is more important.
“They may be that first link in the chain of survival,” said Julie Walker, executive director of the Peyton Walker Foundation. “Cardiac arrest happens anytime, anywhere.”

More: https://www.abc27.com/local-news/carlisle-west-shore/peyton-walker-foundation-train-carlisle-high-school-seniors-in-cpr-aed-use/

Resuscitation History

CPR has origins dating back to the 1700’s. In 1741, The Paris Academy of Sciences officially recommended mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for drowning victims. More than 100 years later in 1891, Dr. Friedrich Maass performed the first documented chest compressions in humans. In 1960, a group of resuscitation pioneers, Drs Peter Safar, James Jude, and William Bennett Kouwenhoven, combined mouth-to-mouth breathing with chest compressions to create Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, the lifesaving action we now call “CPR.”
This video honors some of the scientists who developed the lifesaving combination of breaths and chest compressions now known as CPR. Discover the remarkable history of this simple technique that shows the lasting effect our hands play in helping to save a life. Watch testimony from some of the leading scientists who studied and developed CPR and experience the remarkable stories of sudden cardiac arrest survivors and rescuers whose lives have been profoundly changed by CPR.

Watch: https://youtu.be/ROtcSQutW80?si=kW3dBE17mAscnFYE

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