Heart related issues including articles, websites, events, tips. etc.
American Heart Association
April, 2009 – Cary, NC
Jose Lepervanche, Scoutmaster of Troop 182 in Jacksonville, Florida, was at Woodruff Scout Reservation on July 1, 2007. There were 900 plus scouts and leaders participating in a scouting weekend. Just after the opening campfire, Jose collapsed. CPR was administered immediately and his heart was shock five times with an automated external defibrillator (AED). On March 1, 2007, Gretchen Minchew was at a meeting at the National Boy Scout headquarters in Irving, Texas. She was giving a presentation and felt weak. Upon fainting, CPR was administered and AED was used to shock her heart. Mr. Lepervanche and Ms. Minchew were the lucky ones. Survival of out of-hospital cardiac arrest is less than 10 percent. For every minute that the usage of an AED is delayed, the likelihood of survival is decreased by 10 percent. In eight to ten minutes, death can be nearly certain. This fact stresses the importance of having an AED nearby in an emergency situation. In 2008, Boy Scouts of America issued a statement encouraging all Boy Scout troops, camps and offices to have an AED in place for emergencies. The local scoutmaster for Troop 212 in Cary, North Carolina, recently addressed the issue of purchasing an AED for the troop. The leaders were aware that the church, where they meet weekly, had an AED but the troop did not own one to take on camping trips and outings. Concern was quickly voiced about the safety of AEDs and the ability to be used by young boys. One leader asked, “What if the boys run around with the AED and shock each other?” Drs. Robert and Bobbi Stanley of Stanley Dentistry, both of whom are scout leaders with Troop 212, have been properly trained on the use of AEDS as well as ACLS trained through DOCS (Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation). The doctors were able to demonstrate the usage of an AED and help the leaders to understand the importance of early AED use in emergency situations. With proper training, the use of an AED is easy to operate. The machine automatically determines the cardiac rhythm and delivers a shock for patients as needed. Shock will not be given on a patient with a normal cardiac rhythm. To further help Troop 212, Dr. Robert Stanley received training from the American Red Cross to become a certified CPR/AED trainer. Having an AED accessible at all Boy Scout events and being properly trained has allowed the scouts and leaders of Troop 212 in Cary, North Carolina to follow the Boy Scout Motto – Be Prepared. (http://www.smilecary.com/news/Automated-External-Defibrillators.php)