Archive for April, 2013

YMCA Staff Save Man during Exercise

Posted by cocreator on April 23, 2013
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A man who suffered sudden cardiac arrest recently while exercising at the Mississauga YMCA is expected to recover thanks to facility staff and the presence of a defibrillator.


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After collapsing, 47-year-old Cambridge resident Richard Goodwin was tended to by staff at the Burnhamthorpe Rd. W. facility, who used a “Mikey,” a public access defibrillator, to treat him.

The life-saving device was supplied by The Mikey Network, a registered Canadian charity working to create public awareness and provide education about heart healthy lifestyles. The network has trained more than 11,000 people in CPR/AED and has placed more than 1,350 “Mikeys” in schools, community centres, churches and other locations across the country. To date, according to network officials, 15 lives have been saved by their devices.

“Richard regularly exercised at the Mississauga YMCA. Trained staff performed CPR and applied the MIKEY defibrillator. After one shock, they were able to get a heartbeat on Mr. Goodwin, who was starting his workout, when he collapsed. He was then transported to the Credit Valley Hospital for treatment and is expected to fully recover,” said Mikey Network Chairman Hugh Heron.

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Fitness Centre Staff & Spectator Save Football Player

Posted by cocreator on April 23, 2013
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The man, believed to be in his 50s, was at the side of the Sheringham pitch, behind the Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre, on Saturday while his 11 year old played in an under-12s match for Horsford Youth Football Club.


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The man, believed to be in his 50s, was at the side of the Sheringham pitch, behind the Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre, on Saturday while his 11 year old played in an under-12s match for Horsford Youth Football Club.

Just a few minutes after the 10.30am kick-off he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.

Eyewitnesses said two parents performed CPR and another spectator ran into the leisure centre and returned with a defibrillator and staff from the centre, who usaed it to bring him back to life.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) arrived at 10.40am just minutes before paramedics in a land ambulance and rapid response vehicle and Community First Responders.

He was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where he was conscious and in a “stable condition”, according to an EAAA spokesman.

She said: “Thanks to a quick-thinking member of the public who immediately started CPR and someone close by with a defibrillator, this patient was conscious when we arrived. This man could very well have these people to thank for saving his life and it just proves how important first aid knowledge is.”

Stuart Smith, 49, from Sheringham, who was preparing a cricket pitch at the time, said: “My understanding is his heart stopped. There was a real community spirit. The spectators must have done a sterling job and looked after him. It was a bit of a shock for the younger players.”

The Horsford team was playing East Coast Warriors under-12s, based on the pitch run by Sheringham and District Sports Association, but the game was abandoned after the emergency.

Dale Webster, 22, manager of the Horsford team, said it was key everyone in sport should know how to use a defibrillator.

“They are a lot of money but save people’s lives. It is something the Norfolk Football Association should look into introducing to sports teams,” he said.

Mr Webster, who looked after the children, including the man’s son, added: “His son was in bits but I spoke to the parents who were not at all panicked and were calm.”

Eddie Copeman, manager of East Coast Warriors, said: “It was a fantastic team effort, It was pure luck there were people at the match who knew what they were doing. They were in command.”

The leisure centre, run by DC leisure, has had a defibrillator since 2005 and staff are regularly trained how to use it.

Chairman of Sheringham and District Sports Association, Charles Sanders, said: “It must have been very distressing, especially his son.”

He added all clubs who played on the ground were first aid trained but he would be bringing up the issue of the importance of community defibrillators at the committee’s next meeting in a fortnight.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We’d like to thank all those involved for their prompt actions.

“Using the skills they did at the earliest stage gave him the best possible chance of life by getting the heart working again, and it was of such great value to the crews who delivered intense, advanced life-saving skills at the scene and on to hospital.

“The more people learn life-saving skills, the better, because every second counts in these situations.”

The father remained in hospital last night.

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Fundraising for CPR Game

Posted by cocreator on April 22, 2013
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Dear Friends, with our successful launch of the Crowdsav platform, we are now embarking on a campaign to raise funds for a game that helps improve CPR skills and awareness. Please help spread the word. Thanks heaps!

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Cop Saves Elderly Woman in Residential Community

Posted by cocreator on April 21, 2013
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Officer Stephen DeBrular of the Aquia Harbor Police Department saved a life.

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When a resident of the gated community in North Stafford went into cardiac arrest, DeBrular’s CPR and defibrillator training kicked in.

DeBrular had just left the scene of a call for shots fired when he received the cardiac arrest call.

“When I got the scene it was chaotic; [I had] the husband waving me down and when I got there, it was an older female – no breathing, no pulse, no response of any kind,” DeBrular said.

He immediately began performing CPR and using an AED, an automated external defibrillator, which uses electric therapy for those in cardiac arrest. It was a tense six minutes before the EMS arrived. “I was finally able to get a pulse and her breathing back,” DeBrular commented.

DeBrular, who has worked at the department for the past six years, has had a wealth of law enforcement experience including military police and state police work, so when he got a call for cardiac arrest this past Winter, he knew he had to act fast.

“What I was told by the doctors was that someone in cardiac arrest for the amount of time she was in and having the AED and CPR being done at that point was probably the key point in saving her life. They said she had a less than 20% chance at that point, which actually ended up being a less than two percent chance. If I hadn’t been there when I was, there was no way she could have survived,” said DeBrular.

Chief Patricia S. Harman of the Aquia Harbor Police Department has helped to create and maintain a team that certifies officers and local citizens in first aid, CPR and use of the AED machine. In a life-saving coincidence, “The cert team had just given us a refresher course – we had just recertified for CPR a couple of weeks to a month prior to this incident,” said Harman.

The woman did not return requests for comment to maintain her privacy, but has made a full recovery since the incident and has no after effects.

To celebrate DeBrular’s life saving actions, the department has nominated him for the AED Life Saver Award and the Stafford Sheriff’s Office Life Saver Award.

“It’s a great feeling. I don’t feel like I’m a hero or anything like that. I was glad I was able to do my job and I’m glad I had the training. I was just at the right place, at the right time, with the right training. It makes me feel really good that she can continue on with her life, so it’s a great feeling,” DeBrular said.

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Teen Saves Teammate during Softball Practice

Posted by cocreator on April 21, 2013
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A high-school softball player found the mandatory CPR class she took the day came in handy — she used her new skills to save a teammate’s life.


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Taylor Bisbee and her friends on the High Point, N.C.,Wesleyan Academy softball team were doing some base running. Suddenly eighth-grader Paris White collapsed.

Taylor Bisbee the Saviour

“It was scary to see her fall like that. Cause I wasn’t expecting it,” Bisbee told MyFox8.

One of White’s teammates dialed 911. But Bisbee was the one who immediately jumped into action and started performing CPR.

“I just knelt down next to her and I just started,” Bisbee said.

“It was really scary for me because it was the difference between life and death.”

Minutes later, staff arrived on the scene with a defibrillator to get White’s heart beating again, according to Coach Donald Brewer.

An ambulance took White to Duke University Hospital. It is unclear what caused the young girl’s collapse, but she is expected to make a full recovery.

The experience has encouraged the fast-thinking Bisbee to pursue a career in medicine.

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