August 7, 2016 |
Half of cardiac arrest patients don't make it to the hospital alive. But a local man had a guardian angel looking out for him the day that he collapsed on the sidewalk while running errands - a nurse happened to be passing by and started CPR. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he suffered multiple seizures. Then, he was transferred to Jefferson Hospital for Neurosciences under the assumption that he collapsed due to seizures. But an assessment there found his seizures were likely due to lack of oxygen in the brain caused by the cardiac arrest.
August 3, 2016 |
A 5-year-old Delaware County boy died Sunday after he was struck by lightning at an Outer Banks beach in North Carolina, a fire official said. Stephen Little, of Lansdowne, was with his family at a four-wheel-drive area on the beach in Carova, N.C., near the Virginia border, when a thunderstorm approached, said Chief Ralph Melton of the Currituck County Fire EMS. "It came up pretty quick," Melton said. The family was trying to seek shelter in their SUV when the boy was struck, Melton said.
June 9, 2016
A story Wednesday on CPR training gave an incorrect age for Radnor Township Police Sgt. Anthony Radico when he suffered cardiac arrest. He was 43 then.
June 9, 2016 |
Here's how simple it can be to bring someone back from the brink of death: It took just a few minutes Tuesday to train dozens of people in hands-only CPR. Eager volunteers, from teens to seniors, leaned over specially designed dummies outside the WHYY studios, pushing firm and fast to music selected to inspire the right speed: 100 beats a minute. As for pressure? The more the better, said Benjamin Abella, the physician who is leading the new Mobile CPR Project Philadelphia. No need to worry about further injuring a person in cardiac arrest, said Abella, who directs Penn's Center for Resuscitation Science.
June 7, 2016 |
Each year, more than 359,000 cases of cardiac arrest - in which the heart suddenly stops working properly - occur across the United States. In Philadelphia, about 1,100 people died from cardiac arrest just last year. Many of those out-of-hospital deaths could have been avoided with a simple solution. Hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique that is useful in many emergencies when someone's heart stops beating, including sudden cardiac arrest or near-drowning.
September 28, 2015 |
A registrar records patients' vital statistics and issues each an ID bracelet with a unique bar code. Nearby, computers display readings from up to 48 heart monitors, alerting nurses if they need to rush to a patient's bedside. Defibrillators, ventilators, and intravenous pumps are on standby. And by Monday, it will all disappear. The $600,000 medical facility, housed in a suite of inflatable tents just off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, south of Eakins Oval, is one of four high-tech stations that will serve the thousands flocking to see Pope Francis.
July 1, 2015 |
FRANK VEGA'S life was a mess. A serious heroin addict, drug peddler, jail bird, suicidal. In other words, a hopeless case, like so many in the dreary inner-city neighborhoods that harbor society's dregs. But something happened to Frank Vega while he was serving a 19-month sentence on drug charges in Holmesburg Prison. He had a dream. He saw broken people, like him, going into buildings and coming out restored. He believed it was a message from God, telling him he'd better do something for the people in his community, the ones he had for so long simply exploited for his own selfish gain.
June 14, 2015 |
Charles P. Steckel Jr., 84, of Broomall, a teacher and longtime vice principal at the former Monsignor Bonner High School, died Monday, June 8, of cardiac arrest at St. Martha's Manor in Downingtown. Mr. Steckel, a resident of Broomall for more than 35 years, was known for his kindness, generosity, and dry sense of humor. Born and reared in Allentown, the oldest of 12 children, Mr. Steckel told wonderful stories about growing up in such a large family. He worked for Western Electric Co. for two years after graduation from Allentown Central Catholic High School.
June 13, 2015 |
One of the most mind-blowing musicians of all time, jazz great Ornette Coleman, 85, died of cardiac arrest Thursday in New York. From the beginning, Mr. Coleman was an energetic innovator intent on moving the music forward. The saxophonist, who was raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and played early on with Pee Wee Crayton's band - Crayton is famously supposed to have paid him "not to play" - and a Silas Green From New Orleans tent show, started off his solo career in 1958, leading a band that featured trumpeter Don Cherry on the appropriately titled Something Else!