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HeartSine delivers at the American Resuscitation Conference

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Dr. Peter O’Hare, a member of the Clinical Engineering team at HeartSine Technologies, delivered a presentation at the recent 2013 Resuscitation Science Symposium (ReSS), hosted by the American Heart Association in Dallas, Texas. 

Dr. O’Hare’s presentation was entitled “Does Real-Time Audio Feedback from an Automated External Defibrillator Enhance Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Quality during Emergency Resuscitation?”

Having flown in from HeartSine’s offices in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dr. O’Hare said:

“The ReSS is a major international forum where clinicians and researchers come together to discuss their understanding and improvement of resuscitation care.

“It also is an arena to discuss recent advances relating to the treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest and life-threatening traumatic injury.

“All HeartSine defibrillators, which are manufactured in Belfast, are complete with audio prompts (in over 29 languages) to talk the responder through the save process, step by step. However, the HeartSine samaritan PAD 500P will actually provide the responder with real-time feedback on their cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) efforts, instructing them to ‘push faster’, ‘push slower’, 'push harder,’ or simply providing feedback when the responder is providing ‘good compressions’ to the patient. 

“We collected data from events recorded by HeartSine devices, during actual rescue attempts over a five-month period, and analyzed the events to see how well untrained rescuers responded to these instructions. The data we presented shows overwhelmingly that these prompts significantly improve the quality of CPR given by the lay person to the patient in an emergency situation.”

Topics covered at the conference, which took place in the Omni Dallas Hotel’s Dallas Ballroom, included Hypothermia, Acute Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Care, and Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest.

Declan O’Mahoney, Chief Executive of HeartSine Technologies, which distributes its Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in more than 40 countries worldwide, said:

“Clinicians and researchers travel from across the world to attend ReSS and I am delighted that Dr. O’Hare was able to represent HeartSine at such a hotly anticipated global event.

“While HeartSine is already at the cutting edge of out-of-hospital defibrillation, we are always keen to engage with other experts and share our knowledge by way of advancing resuscitation and cardiac arrest treatment.”

Data from Dr. O’Hare’s study will be published in the near future.

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Medical dispatcher saved by defibrillator donates AED to local college


An emergency medical dispatcher whose life was saved by his own colleagues using a defibrillator, has donated a life-saving HeartSine Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to his wife’s local school in England.

Chris Solomons, who works for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, suffered Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) while on assignment to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in 2010. He was being filmed by a BBC camera crew who were recording “Helicopter Heroes” at the charity’s Leeds-Bradford base at the time.

Joy Taggart, Global Inside Sales Manager at HeartSine Technologies, joins Chris Solomons and his wife Pam at the handover of the defibrillator at Minsthorpe Community College.

He was saved by two paramedics on his very own team.

Chris has handed over the defibrillator, which his wife Pam won at a recent Emergency Fire and Safety conference in Northern Ireland after being donated through HeartSine’s sponsorship of the event, to Minsthorpe Community College in South Elmsall.

Chris explains why this school was chosen to receive the defibrillator:

“Minsthorpe Community College is my wife’s local school and the school that she attended. Today, my wife would have been without a husband had it not been for a defibrillator.

“Sudden Cardiac Arrest is not something that just happens to older, overweight people, as many may well think. SCA can happen to anyone at any time, including children, so it’s important our schools are protected.

“I was speaking at a workplace safety conference in Belfast in August about my save and the significance of defibrillators, when my wife unexpectedly won the business card draw for the HeartSine-donated AED!

“We laughed at the time, but it allowed us to be in the remarkable position of providing the school with the defibrillator which we know will be invaluable to the college in protecting, and perhaps saving the lives of pupils, staff, parents or visitors in the future.”

Joy Taggart, Global Inside Sales Manager at HeartSine Technologies, who joined Chris at the handover to Minsthorpe School, said:

“Chris is the perfect example of why it is vital to have immediate access to defibrillators. He was extremely fortunate in that he worked with paramedics who had the life-saving equipment at hand, but thousands of others are not so lucky around the UK each and every year.

“In fact, about 270 people are killed every single day in the United Kingdom by Sudden Cardiac Arrest and it can happen to even the fittest of people, young or old.

“We are delighted that our donation of a defibrillator is going to a large school in West Yorkshire and the ease of use means that it can be used by anyone, with little or no training, which will perhaps save a life at the school in the future.”

Situated in West Yorkshire, Minsthorpe Community College has 1850 full-time students and over 300 staff.

Chris Solomons’ save was caught on camera and the video has been viewed over 234,000 thousand times on Youtube.

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HeartSine Beats British Prime Minister to White House

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In a recent speech in Northern Ireland, British Prime Minister David Cameron talks about being beaten to the White House by HeartSine: "...and you finally get to the inner sanctum of the White House. You really think you've made it; but, of course, I got there and realized a business from Northern Ireland had beaten me to it."

Watch Prime Minister Cameron's speech and then contact us to learn why the White House relies on HeartSine to protect the President and his staff. 

HeartSine on Bench at World Series


A HeartSine samaritan PAD stands ready to protect the Red Sox players as the team wins Game 1 of the World Series. The American League champions chose the HeartSine AED because performance matters, especially when it comes to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. With any luck, the HeartSine AED won’t ever have to go to bat during the series, but it’s comforting to know it’s on the bench.


HeartSine AED in Red Sox dugout during World Series

HeartSine AED Comes to Rescue of Swedish Sports Commentator


HeartSine came to the rescue when Swedish sports commentator Christer Ulfbåge suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while participating in a recent celebrity golf tournament.

Sports commentator Christer Ulfbåge with wife Birgitta Falk Ulfbåge. Photo: All Over Press

Ulfbåge, 71, collapsed on the course located outside Stockholm and was immediately and continuously given CPR by fellow golfer and friend Hans Fahlén while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

With the ambulance still minutes out from arrival, thankfully, the Bro Hof Slott golf course was prepared with a HeartSine samartian® PAD on the premise. A quick-thinking club employee rushed to get the AED in the hands of Fahlén, who followed the instructions from the simple to use HeartSine AED to deliver what was likely a life-saving shock.

Due to quick actions of those around him and the HeartSine AED, Ulfbåge survived the sudden cardiac arrest and is now on the mend.

Bro Hof Slott is just one of the growing number of golf courses worldwide with an on-premise AED. With only minutes to successfully respond to a sudden cardiac arrest, these lifesaving devices often make the difference for survival. HeartSine is pleased that one of its public access defibrillators was on hand during this event.

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The Importance of AED Incident Reports


Heart TracThe job of an automated external defibrillator (AED) is not done even after it’s been used to save a life.

From the moment a HeartSine AED is switched on, the unit is gathering important data on its use. This detail is used to create an AED incident report. These reports give AED program clients the information and tools necessary to strengthen their public access defibrillation (PAD) program.

Incident reports are an important component of AED program management. They include information such as the date and location of the event, whether or not it was witnessed, if CPR was administered before the AED machine was used, and the length of emergency response time.

A second-by-second log records each step the machine takes. A sample listing may include: power on, lead off, electrodes connected, stand clear, rhythm assessment, shock advised, stand clear, push to shock, shock, CPR prompt, etc. Time stamped rhythm strips show the status of the victim’s heart rhythms at each step in the process.

Through Heart Trac, HeartSine’s AED Management Program, data is transmitted to HeartSine within 72 hours of the event. An on-site event debriefing with the AED response team is conducted to gather information on what occurred during the event. All data is then analyzed by a dedicated Medical Director Also, the used Pad-Pak is replaced at no charge so the AED can go back into service.

Data on the performance of the AED is essential not only to ensure future peak performance of the AED program, but to file required regulatory reports. The AED machine also records data on its periodic automatic health checks.  By gathering and utilizing AED data gathered during cardiac events, future AED use can be optimized.

Learn more about the author Whitney Brostrom

Virginia Resident Survives SCA Because Police Carried AED


Forward HeartsA resident in Virginia in the USA is alive today because the community recently placed automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in its police squad cars and trained officers on CPR and AED use.  

On January 6, 2013, police officer S. Clint Debrular responded to a 911 call in the community of Aquia Harbour in Virginia. The first on the scene -- arriving 6 minutes ahead of the ambulance – Officer Debrular administered CPR and two shocks via the AED. The 60 year old resident who had been in full cardiac arrest was revived and is expected to make a full recovery.

“Early access to CPR and a defibrillator is what made this a positive outcome rather than a negative one,” said Aquia Harbour Volunteer Emergency Manager Chris Greene.

Greene shared that within the last few months Aquia Harbour had placed HeartSine AEDs not only in police cars, but at the gate of the community, the golf course, the marina and the business office. In addition to having trained the community’s emergency response team in CPR and AED use, Greene is training anyone in the community who is interested. His goal is to train 10% of the community (about 1,000 people).

Aquia Harbour purchased HeartSine samaraitan PADs through distributor Rescue One in Maryland. Greene commented that they chose HeartSine’s samaritan model because of its ruggedness. “AEDs placed in squad cars will bounce around and get hot and cold. Rescue One told us the Samaritan meets military-type standards. That was our deciding factor; we needed to go with one that would be ready to use.”

All saves made with a HeartSine AED qualify for the Forward Hearts program which allows individuals who have survived a sudden cardiac arrest event as a result of a HeartSine defibrillator to donate a HeartSine samaritan® PAD 300P Public Access Defibrillator to the charity or organization of their choice.

Learn more about the author Whitney Brostrom

Illinois Middle School Students Receiving CPR and AED Instruction


Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are often described as so easy- to-operate, a child could effectively use one. Lawmakers in the state of Illinois in the United States agree; middle school children (grades 6-8 ) in Illinois are receiving important video instruction about CPR and AED safety thanks to House Bill 5114 which was passed in June 2012.

Dr. George Chiampas, a proponent of the legislation and an assistant professor of emergency medicine and sports medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and an emergency medicine physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said, “This bill is something that is important to us that work in the emergency department … this is going to resonate across the state because what we know is that that first initial piece when someone suffers a cardiac arrest is the one piece that we don’t have control over. And in those first 4-5 minutes the bystander who steps in and offers that support and starts CPR and/or uses an AED makes a difference in that life.”

Illinois Governor Quinn commented, “We believe in the opportunity for CPR and using AEDs and making sure all our citizens, even those in middle school, young people, know how to use CPR and AEDs in order to save lives. If you can save a life, you can save the whole world.”

Watch the video of Governor Quinn and Dr. Chiampas speaking about the passage of this and other laws designed to strengthen healthcare and safety in Illinois.

Learn more about the author Whitney Brostrom

SCA Strikes European Athletes; UK Community Responds with AED Placements


Hearts Last year there were numerous reports of seemingly healthy athletes across Europe who were felled on the field by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

Take the case of Fabrice Muamba, former midfielder for the Bolton Wanderers football club in the United Kingdom, who suffered SCA during a match in March 2012. Despite his heart being stopped for a total of 78 minutes, he survived to make a full recovery thanks in part to CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).  Muamba demonstrates how to use an AED in an online video and talks about his work with the Arrhythmia Alliance’s Hearts & Goals campaign to raise awareness of SCA, promote CPR training and facilitate AED placements.

Unfortunately a number of other athletes stricken with SCA last year did not survive -- often because there was no AED or access was delayed.

Four weeks after Muamba’s SCA event, Italian soccer player Piermario Morosini, age 25, collapsed during a division match and died.

That same month, Norwegian Olympic swimmer Alexander Dale Oen suffered sudden cardiac arrest and died during a pre-Olympic training event at the age of 26.

Claire Squires, a 30 year old runner, collapsed and died less than a mile from finishing the 2012 London marathon.

But for 17 year old student athlete Chris McNeill of Coleraine, Northern Ireland, the outcome was a positive one. After collapsing seven minutes into a football match in July 2011, prompt medical attention from a bystander doctor and use of a defibrillator on the grounds saved his life.

With the topic of SCA at the top of their minds, the Derry City Council in Northern Ireland took action in July 2012 and unanimously voted to place defibrillators in all Derry City Council buildings and sporting facilities and train staff on their use.

Davy Boyle, known as the borough of Coleraine’s “Caring Caretaker” raised tens of thousands of pounds to pay for the placement of defibrillators throughout the local area by creating a “Defibrillators at the Heart of Every Game” campaign. Boyle conducts annual fundraising activities for a wide range of charities.

A UK study based on figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), cites a rate of 8 cardiac deaths per week (1.8 per 100,000) for the 1-34 age group based on data collected between 2002 and 2005.

The  charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) believes the figure to be higher and states that every week in the UK, 12 apparently fit and healthy young people (aged 35 and under) die suddenly from a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

A British Journal of Sports Medicine Study reports SCA to be the leading cause of death in exercising young athletes and states: “Timely access to AEDs at training and sporting competitions permits effective management of SCA and the prevention of sudden cardiac death in athletes.”

Learn more about the author Whitney Brostrom

AEDs Increasingly on Agenda of State Legislatures


Within state legislatures throughout the country, the topics of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and cardiac arrest are getting more and more play. As of January 2012, there were a total of fifty-six pending or recently passed state bills which specifically relate to AEDs and cardiac arrest, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures .

CPR and AED use gained widespread attention in the mid-1990s when the American Heart Association introduced a public health initiative to promote early CPR and AED use by trained lay responders in community AED programs.

Then in 1995, the American Heart Association began promoting the development of Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) programs to improve sudden cardiac arrest survival rates. Between 1995 and 2000 all 50 states passed laws and regulations concerning lay rescuer AED programs. In 2000, the federal Cardiac Arrest Survival Act mandated the installation of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in federal buildings, and gave legal immunity to those who use them.

Over the last dozen years, states are actively following the federal government’s lead by proposing and passing a wide variety of laws concerning the placement and use of AEDs. Why? They recognize the fact that AEDs help save lives. Numerous bills concerning AEDs are currently in various stages of the legislative process throughout the states. Recently enacted legislation concerning AEDs is a solid indicator of the direction other states may be apt to take, particularly concerning the legislation of AED use in schools. Here is a sampling of recent AED legislation:

New Jersey: In 2012, New Jersey enacted "Janet's Law" (named for 11-year old Janet Zilinski who died of sudden cardiac arrest after cheerleading) which requires all public and nonpublic schools (K-12) to have AEDs on site. An additional new law, (A-1608), mandates that schools establish emergency action plans so they are prepared to deal with sudden cardiac events and other life-threatening emergencies. 

New York:  New York's S2923, signed June 8, 2011, requires all dental offices in New York to have an AED on site. Additionally, all dentists in New York State must be certified in CPR, which includes AED training.

Michigan: The Wolverine state passed Senate Resolution 0074 in 2011 to urge school districts and communities to have AED devices present at all athletic and community-sponsored events.

Oregon: In 2010 Oregon passed Senate Bill 1033 which requires each school campus to have at least one AED on campus. Compliance is required on or before January 1, 2015.

Connecticut: Public Act No. 09-94 enacted in July 2009 requires that schools have an automatic external defibrillator on premises and school staff be trained in AED use and CPR.  It also requires schools to develop emergency response plans in preparation to address sudden cardiac arrest or similar life threatening emergencies that may occur on school grounds.

Learn more about the author Whitney Brostrom
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