Navigation Links
Defibrillators Should Be Available in Ski Resorts

As the ski season gets underway, doctors in this week’s BMJ say that more defibrillators should be placed in ski resorts to help prevent sudden cardiac deaths//.

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are electrical devices used to restore a normal heartbeat. They are often placed in busy public places like airports and stadiums.

Downhill skiing is the most popular winter sport in the world and is a serious trigger for sudden cardiac deaths in people with a history of heart problems, high blood pressure, or those who are not used to strenuous exercise. There are 12,000 cardiac arrests in public places each year in the UK.

On a recent skiing holiday in Europe, Dr Sarah Davies assisted a man who had collapsed on the slopes. She was joined by two German nurses, one British paediatric nurse, one French dentist and a British nursing student.

All were familiar with the European Resuscitation Council guidelines and, despite language barriers, communicated well because they all knew what they were expected to do. But they were unable to locate a defibrillator in the first aid room.

“We were on the top of the mountain, a cable-car journey from either of the two local towns. The patient remained lying in the snow, as we were unable to move him,” she explains.

After eight minutes the emergency helicopter arrived with a defibrillator, and the patient was transferred to the local hospital.

This experience highlighted that internationally recognised guidelines and access to a defibrillator is of paramount importance, says Dr Davies. Research has also shown that non-medical personnel, such as ski patrollers, can be successfully trained to operate AEDs and this gives good weight to the argument that more AEDs should be made available, especially in isolated areas with relatively large numbers of people.

“We therefore support the suggestion that AEDs should be placed in public areas and that non-medical personnel should be trained to operate them,” they conclude.


Related medicine news :

1. Defibrillators saving lives but price is an issue
2. Public Defibrillators Found To Improve Survival Rate
3. Defibrillators In Public Places Will Help Cardiac Patients
4. New Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators to avoid unnecessary shocks
5. Reliability of Pacemakers and Defibrillators to be Improved
6. Defibrillators Can Only Put off Heart Failure but Cannot Prevent One
7. Complication Associated With Heart Defibrillators
8. Omega -3 Fatty Acids Better than Implanted Defibrillators
9. Defective Defibrillators
10. Babies Should Get Vitamin D Supplement
11. How Much Should Athletes Drink?
Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... According to an article ... the way that they are handling security in light of the recent terrorist attacks ... in an attempt to stop an attack from reaching U.S. soil. Especially around special ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... A team of Swiss ... to treat it. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted the findings on the website. ... Zurich analyzed the cases of 136 mesothelioma patients who were treated with chemotherapy followed ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... "When ... said an inventor from Hillside, N.J. "Many people catch diseases simply from sitting ... individuals will always be protected from germs." , He developed the patent-pending QUDRATECS ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... ... The print component of “Supporting Our Caregivers” is distributed ... Minneapolis, South Florida, with a circulation of approximately 250,000 copies and an estimated ... media strategy and across a network of top news sites and partner media ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... ... MPWH, the No.1 Herpes-only dating community in the world, revealed that over 50% of its ... 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 – or 67% of the population - ... estimates of HSV-1 infection . , "The data shocks us highly!" said Michelle Li, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. , Nov. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... of a Biologics License Application (BLA) with ... Administration (FDA) for ABP 501, a biosimilar candidate to ... the first adalimumab biosimilar application submitted to the FDA ... biosimilar pathway. Sean E. Harper , M.D., ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... On Tuesday, November 24, 2015, the ... Wright Medical Technology, Inc. for product liability and ... implant device, awarded $11 million in favor of ... and three days of deliberations, the jury found ... designed and unreasonably dangerous, and that Wright Medical ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... -- Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN ) today announced that ... York State Attorney General,s Office to end the ... statutes with the Attorney General over the decision of Forest ... selling the now generic version of memantine immediate release tablets.  ... released its counterclaims against New York , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: