[Portable Defib Saves Life]

Author: Lynn (---.dyn.optonline.net)

Date: 08-24-02 14:00

Another success story for portable defibs being available in public places. The other day a ref for the WNBA collapsed on the court during a playoff game. Television news reports stated that he went into cardiac arrest and that they used a portable defib device that was kept on hand at the arena. Below is a story about the ref, but it dosn't mention the defib.


Referee critical but stable after collapsing


Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Referee Bill Stokes was in critical but stable condition after he collapsed during a WNBA playoff game between the Houston Comets and Utah Starzz.

Medical officials rushed to Stokes side after he fell to the floor near the scorer's table with 15:33 left in the first round playoff game Tuesday night. He was removed on a stretcher and the game resumed 25 minutes later.

The somber crowd of 9,540 said the Lord's Prayer in unison before play resumed.

WNBA president Val Ackerman left the game and went to the hospital.

"He's a dear friend of mine and he's been a referee as long as I've been a coach," Utah coach Candi Harvey said. "What a first-class organization this team and their fans are."

The game resumed after a 25-minute delay with Lisa Mattingly and Roy Gulbeyan officiating without Stokes. Both officials declined to comment after the game, which was won by Utah 75-72 to win the best-of-three Western Conference semifinal series.

"That decision was made by the WNBA," Comets coach Van Chancellor said. "They just told me we were going to play in five minutes.

"At that time, he was stable and breathing on his own. Sure, I think the league is going to get criticized but I didn't see any other solution. It was just a tough loss any way you slice it. It was a tough night for us, tough night for him."

A hush fell over the crowd of 9,540 at Compaq Center when Stokes fell beside the scorer's table.

"It was pretty difficult," Sheryl Swoopes said. "The hardest part is staying focused and getting back out there and getting in the game but we can't make excuses, because Utah kept their concentration and composure. It could have easily been any one of us."

Stokes, an official for more than 25 years, has also worked numerous women's conference and NCAA Tournament games.

On April 1, 1996, the opening day of the baseball season, plate umpire John McSherry had a heart attack and collapsed on the field during a game at Cincinnati. McSherry, 51, died hours later.


[Re: Portable Defib Saves Life]

Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

Date: 08-24-02 14:15

Is this an amazing story or what!

Gotta love those portable defibs...and why is it that they are not in EVERY SCHOOL...OH that would be a political issue HHMMMM. CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEN and demand defibs in our schools!!!!!

I think this wonderful nation of ours can find the funding for devices in all the schools -- if we can pay for tons of sports equipment, band supplies, and art supplies (which I am not saying are not important!),,,but I think we can find 2-5K per school for the devices, training and upkeep!

Let your voice be heard!!



[Re: Portable Defib Saves Life]

Author: Allen Bates (---.ph.ph.cox.net)

Date: 08-25-02 19:50

You are right on target, Lisa.

AED's have been approved for schools in Pennsylvania and I believe that New York is close, if not there already.

There are grassroots groups around the country working this issue. Mostly started due to a SCA in the family - so this topic is very HCM related. Linette Derminer of KEN Heart Foundation is very active in Ohio and is recognized by the AHA and a National Center for Sports Injuries as one of the leading contacts.

I am pursuing this in Arizona and have just received my Heartsaver Instructor card from the American Heart Association.

My goal is that AED's become as common as fire extinguishers. They should be in all the same places, wherever people are gathered - schools, businesses, sporting events, fitness centers, etc.

Requirements include: Doctor prescription and training (that's where I come in). For more specific info please contact me.

mailto:[email protected]

Question: Would it be feasible for at risk HCM patients, pre- or non- ICD, to make sure they had one with or near them at all times, ie. home or trunk of car?


[Re: Portable Defib Saves Life]

Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

Date: 08-25-02 20:14

Allen -

While I can agree 110% about AED's in the public...having them in the home of an HCM family is a little more complicated.

Reason 1 - -When will you need it? - will you be at the store, sleeping, at work, driving or someother place??? Who knows, therefore it is not truely a safety net. Also there is a great deal of emotional baggage that comes with looking at the device everyday, carring it with you everywhere you go and so on....

If you are at high risk...get an IDC...if your not sure if your at high risk get to a specialist who can help you detirmine is you are...AED's in the home..I am really not sure this is what is best for the average family.

Having said that...their was an amazing story of a family who did have an AED at home due to having a very young child with HCM and having already lost one child. This little boy was too little to have an ICD (age 2 1/2) at diagnosis...well they did need the device and did save his life. Sadly, 2 years later he died as result of a rythm that was not able to be detected by his ICD.

Some HCM stories are too sad...but we keep trying to make it a little better.



[Re: Portable Defib Saves Life]

Author: Sarah B--Board Moderator (---.client.attbi.com)

Date: 08-26-02 00:43

In a related vein, my brother with HCM is in atrial fibrillation all the time now. He is not at risk for sudden death, so he doesn't have an ICD. However, he works in downtown Washington DC and he knows that it can take a long time for EMT to get to him, so the office bought an AED to keep in the office. It is a good thing to have in an office anyway.

But he doesn't have one in his house.



[Re: Portable Defib Saves Life]

Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

Date: 08-26-02 19:34

I think that is a great idea to have AED's in all work places!! Ask your employers today!