If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ in HCMA Announcements. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. Your Participation in this message board is strictly voluntary. Information and comments on the message board do not necessarily reflect the feelings, opinions, or positions of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. At no time should participants to this board substitute information within for individual medical advice. The Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association shall not be liable for any information provided herein. All participants in this board should conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner. Failure to do so will result in suspension or termination. The moderators of the message board working with the HCMA will be responsible for notifying participants if they have violated the rules of conduct for the board. Moderators or HCMA staff may edit any post to ensure it conforms with the rules of the board or may delete it. This community is welcoming to all those with HCM we ask that you remember each user comes to the board with information and a point of view that may differ from that which you hold, respect is critical, please post respectfully. Thank you

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Story on Yahoo about public AED's

Collapse

About the Author

Collapse

Reenie Find out more about Reenie
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Story on Yahoo about public AED's

    Health - Reuters

    Public Defibrillator Training Saves Lives, Study Finds
    Tue Nov 11, 5:27 PM ET Add Health - Reuters to My Yahoo!


    By Lisa Richwine

    ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Nearly twice as many people survived cardiac arrest in public places where volunteers were trained to use a device to shock the victims' hearts into beating normally again, a study released on Tuesday found.


    The research is the largest study to date on the benefits of putting automatic external defibrillators in places such as shopping malls and office buildings.


    Researchers already knew that emergency personnel such as police officers can use the devices properly in such settings, but they wanted to find out if ordinary people trained to use defibrillators could save lives.


    "We were able to observe an approximate doubling in the number of survivors," Dr. Joseph Ornato, one of the researchers, told reporters at an annual meeting of the American Heart Association (news - web sites).


    Cardiac arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function often caused by irregular beating of the heart's lower chambers. Defibrillators can shock the heart back into normal rhythm, but they must be used within minutes.


    More than 460,000 people in the United States die annually from cardiac arrest outside of a hospital.


    SIMPLE TO USE


    The study enlisted about 20,000 volunteers in 24 U.S. and Canadian cities. Defibrillators were placed at 993 sites such as shopping centers, sports venues, apartment complexes and office buildings.


    One group was trained in how to use the defibrillator and to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. Volunteers were told to call emergency services and start CPR, then use the defibrillator on a person in cardiac arrest.


    The other group received training only in CPR and was told to call an ambulance immediately.


    When patients were treated with CPR and a defibrillator, 29 out of 129 cardiac arrest victims survived. Only 15 out of 103 people survived when they received CPR alone.


    No injuries from defibrillator use were recorded, said Ornato, chairman of emergency medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia.


    The findings are encouraging because the automatic defibrillators are simple to use, said Dr. Raymond Gibbons, chairman of the heart association's scientific sessions committee.


    "Eighth graders could be quickly trained in how to use these devices," Gibbons said.


    The study was funded in part by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which is conducting a separate 7,000-patient study to determine if providing defibrillators to families of heart attack patients will improve survival when cardiac arrest occurs at home.
    Reenie

    ****************
    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

Today's Birthdays

Collapse

Working...
X