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“Catch That Fib” Fund

Posted by cocreator on January 16, 2014
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Purpose : To promote use of AEDs for Out-of-Hospital medical emergencies

Total Fund Amount : $10,000

Fundable Items : AED accessories ( specifically electrode pads and battery packs ) after each AED use

Eligibility :

1. AED registered on Crowdsav platform before event. Use the free Crowdsav apps ( download from Apple App & Google Play app stores ) to upload AED data via “Add AED” button. Only information with image of deployed AED is accepted.

2. AEDs owned by organisations and corporate entities must be used outside of “Duty-of-Care” area. ( as per Workplace Safety and Health Act ). AEDs owned by private individuals must be used on non-relatives outside of own residences.

3. Rhythm must show ventricular fibrillation. Rhythm must be downloaded from AED in presence of appointed assessor.

4. Not dependent on outcome of rescue attempt.

5. Amount of funding is equal to costs of replacing consumables, cap at $500 per payout.

6. Funds are on reimbursement basis. Receipts or invoices must be produced before payouts.

7. Excluded are government organisations, healthcare institutions, ambulance services providers or in any situation where a fee-for-service is involved.

Further questions please email to info[at]firstaidcorps[dot]org

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The Kiss of Life

Posted by cocreator on August 12, 2013
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Rocco Morabito, a journalist with the (now defunct) Jacksonville Journal in Florida USA, was driving back to his newsroom one summer’s day in July 1967 when he passed a group of utility workers by the side of the road, shouting about an unconscious, electrocuted co-worker who was dangling from a power pole, after having received a 4,000 volt charge of electricity.

Randall Champion the Survivor with J.D. Thompson the Saviour 1967

Morabito used his car’s two-way radio to notify emergency services and then took a photograph of the scene, an image which hit newspaper front pages around the world and eventually led to Morabito being awarded the Pulitzer Prize the following year.

Randall Champion the Survivor with J.D. Thompson the Saviour and Photographer Rocco Morabito 1988

The picture shows a senior lineman, J.D. Thompson, giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to 29-year-old apprentice lineman Randall Champion, and subsequently saving his life – the first time such a method of resuscitation had been widely publicized, and which was dubbed “The Kiss Of Life” by the Copy Editor of the Jacksonville Journal, Bob Pate. It’s now, of course, a term widely used throughout the world.

Randall Champion suffered a second major electric shock 20 years later which left him partially paralyzed, but he lived on until 2002, when he died of heart failure at the age of 64. This photograph shows him in hospital after his second accident in 1988, being visited by Rocco Morabito and J.D. Thompson.

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Way to Go, Idaho!

Posted by cocreator on July 03, 2013
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Two Brigham Young University-Idaho students are trying to make changes in the community while helping those in an emergency have a better chance to live.

They’re hoping that when the situation arises, residents will know exactly where the closest AED (Automated External Defibrillator) machine is and how to use it.

“It’ll show the nearest AED to you and so right now the closest AED to us is in the Kirkham building,…..”

This app is called “Show Nearby AED” and it’s one of the methods Steve Shepro and Matt Haugen are spreading awareness of AED’s and CPR.

“Originally we were thinking we might make our own app, but doing some searching there’s an app created by some folks in Singapore, that had about 6,000 AED’s already added to the map globally, and rather than try to start over, it’s a great app that’s free and we thought that we would just add to that” said Shepro.

The boys have already added about 60 AED’s from the region to the map.

“It’s been difficult to find them, we have been finding them just by word of mouth, the campus has been the easiest because they already had tracked them and put them on a map that we were able to find” said Haugen.

As paramedics, these guys have seen what can happen if an AED machine is not applied quickly to the victim.

“With responding on the ambulance it will take several minutes for the ambulance to get there, and you know, maybe 8 or 10 minutes before we’re able to, get deliver a shock, well if you have an AED nearby and you can deliver that shock within a couple minutes, that chance of survival is going to be much better” continued Shepro.

For every minute you go without a pulse, your chance of survival goes down by about 7 to 10%.

Another news site covering this can be found HERE

More about the Idaho AED initiative at www.idahoaed.org

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Cops Save Woman Guest in Residential Home

Posted by cocreator on February 23, 2013
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The incident began around 5:45 p.m. Sunday during a shift change, Paul said.

A homeowner in the area of Merrill and Sheldon roads called 911 after the patient, a visitor at the home, went into cardiac arrest.

Officer Megan Paul the Saviour

Officer Clint Pace the Saviour

Officer Daniel Bromley the Saviour

Paul, Pace and Bromley were at the scene within three minutes. They grabbed their medic bags, which include an automated external defibrillator, and ran into the home, where they found the woman lying on the floor with no signs of breathing and no pulse.

Paul knelt and began chest compressions while Pace worked on the patient’s airway. Bromley, a rookie, prepared the AED.

The AED analyzed the woman’s condition and Bromley pushed the button, administering a shock as the machine instructed.

“It said to keep doing CPR, so we continued,” Paul said. “After a little while, she started gasping and was breathing on her own. We got a pulse back.”

Livingston County EMS and Hamburg Township firefighters soon arrived, and paramedics took over, administering a second shock to the woman, Paul said.

The woman was transported to the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, where she remains in the intensive care unit, officials said.

Paul credited the officers’ training, which they receive from the Hamburg Township Fire Department, for the success in helping the patient.

“They train us on CPR and keep us updated,” she said.

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Colleagues Save Man at Work near End of Overnight Shift

Posted by cocreator on October 04, 2012
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David Mercik was going about his normal routine in the early morning of Sept. 6, preparing to end his overnight shift at Simonds International in Fitchburg.


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Mercik, of Ashburnham, who has worked at Simonds for 28 years, the majority on the overnight shift, doesn’t remember much of what happened that day, only waking up in a hospital room at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

At about 4:30 that morning, other workers were preparing to go home, while the day shift was just coming in.

David Mercik the Survivor

It was then that Mercik was found by a fellow employee slumped over his desk, unconscious.

They quickly laid him on the floor and began chest compression’s, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and shocked his heart with a defibrillator.

Mercik, who had suffered a heart attack, says he has no memory of what happened.

“I honestly don’t remember anything. I don’t even remember many of the days leading up to that, and what I did,” he said. “I guess they saved my life. It’s a good thing they had the defibrillator charged and ready to go. The right people called the right people.”

He’s contacted most of the men who helped, including Andy Lampson, who used the defibrillator paddles on him and gave him mouth-to-mouth.

Lampson was just starting his shift when he saw co-workers frantically running around the office, calling for help.

When he saw what was going on, he never thought twice about reacting. He grabbed the defibrillator.

“I never questioned what I needed to do. It was the right thing,” Lampson said Thursday from his Sterling home.

He was never trained on using the life-saving machine or even administering CPR, but his girlfriend and her mother are both nurses, so he had an idea of what needed to happen.

He said he and his girlfriend recently visited her mother at the emergency room at Leominster Hospital when a patient went into distress and CPR was administered.

“I saw how forceful you had to be with the compression’s, so I had a general idea of what I needed to do. The machine was easier to use than I thought,” he recalled. “There were pictures that came along with it, and after a certain point, it started talking to us.”

He said his biggest asset during the ordeal was being able to stay calm, cool and collected.

“You needed to be clear-headed and rationale. Getting all worked up wasn’t going to help any,” he said. “I was pretty scared during this whole thing. When he was being loaded into the ambulance, he didn’t look good, and I was really worried he wasn’t going to make it,” Lampson said.

Mercik’s wife, Debby, said she’ll never forget getting a phone that morning saying her husband was in the back of an ambulance and headed to the hospital.

He was initially taken to HealthAlliance Hospital and then transferred by medical helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he remained for two weeks.

Debby credits the quick response from his co-workers in saving her husband’s life.

“He was found unresponsive in a chair, slumped over by a co-worker who laid him down and called for help,” she said. “Thank goodness they have a defibrillator on hand. From what I understand, he had no pulse. This whole thing has been a nightmare.”

She said her husband never had any medical issues, and the night before his attack he had gone bowling.

“He had no shortness of breathing, nothing. All summer, he was in the pool and the garden and doing things around the house,” she said.

Since his heart attack, she’s struggled to find the right words to express her gratitude for what people have done for her family.

“Thank you seems so lame. We can never say thank you enough to them. It just doesn’t seem enough,” she said.

If there’s one thing she hopes people take away from her story, it’s that all employers should make sure their employees have access to the proper medical equipment at work in case of a medical emergency.

“To be honest with you, we’re very private people. This is so important. If I have to be the voice on how important it is to have these in the workplaces, then so be it,” she said. “This could happen to anyone. We were told the defibrillator saved his life. There needs to a protocol in place in the workplace. It we can make the difference in passing this to one family, then great.”

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