Monday, 8 October 2012

Howard Makes Heartfelt Donation For Martek Medical


World Cup referee, Howard Webb, is set to give a donation to a Rotherham school which could help to save lives thanks to a kind hearted local company.

Martek Medical, the official UK distributor for Defibtech LLC - a leading innovator in the field of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), are giving Oakwood High School a special defibrillator via the Hand on Heart charity which helps to equip schools with lifesaving defibrillator skills.
Howard Webb will be presenting a Lifeline AED
to Oakwood Technology School

Paul Luen, Chief Executive of Martek Medical said: “We are delighted that Howard could join us to make this donation to Oakwood High School. He has had firsthand experience of witnessing someone collapse due to heart problems. Images were seen across the world when Premiership footballer Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch and Howard was praised for his response to this incident. We know that this is a topic which is important to him.

“This donation launches our relationship with Hand on Heart, a non-profit charity providing funding for defibrillator packages, including defibrillator and CPR training for staff and pupils, to schools nationwide

“Although Oakwood School is right next door to Rotherham Hospital in situations like the one encountered by Muamba every second counts. This equipment could literally be the difference between life and death.”

Every week in the UK, 12 apparently fit and healthy young people, under the age of 35, die from undiagnosed cardiac conditions. The defect is usually due to an inherited condition rather than a lack of fitness.

“There have been a number of stories in the press about young people suffering from SCA due to heart conditions, many with tragic consequences.

“An important factor in these cases is early CPR and defibrillation with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Both of these are vital parts of the chain of survival for suffers of SCA. AEDs are vital pieces of equipment that are designed to be simple to use so anyone can deliver an electrical shock to help restore a normal heart rhythm,” added Paul.

Martek Medical will be launching a competition in the coming weeks for another school to win a defibrillator for their site.

Howard Webb said: “This is a generous donation which could be live saving and I am delighted to be able to give this to Oakwood School on behalf of Martek Medical.

“It is always good to see companies give back to the community and this is a donation which will make a real difference.”

For further details on the charity visit www.handonheart.org and for more detail about Martek Medical visit www.martek-medical.com.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Norwegian Swimming Champion Dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest


Norwegian swimming champion Alexander Dale Oen died at the age of just 26.

Alexander Dale Oen
He was found collapsed in a shower late on Monday after training in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. Officials said he had suffered a cardiac arrest.

Emergency services arrived at the scene within minutes but were unable to revive him.

Dale Oen won gold in the 100m breaststroke at the World Championships in Shanghai in July 2011.

Norwegian Swimming Federation President Per Rune Eknes said the swimmer had suffered a cardiac arrest. Friends said he had appeared healthy earlier.

Doctors at the Flagstaff Medical Center declared Dale Oen dead after all efforts to resuscitate him failed.

This is the latest in a growing list of super fit professional athletes who have died as a result of suffering from sudden cardiac arrests, giving proof, if it was needed that SCA really can strike anyone at anytime.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Lifeline VIEW Displayed at Design of the Year 2012 Exhibition


The Defibtech Lifeline VIEW Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is on display at the Design Museum in London. The Design Museum chose the Defibtech AED for inclusion in its Designs of the Year 2012 exhibition which runs through July 15, 2012.

Lifeline VIEW
The Designs of the Year exhibit showcases the best in global designs. Industry experts nominated innovative and engaging designs across seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport. Defibtech’s Lifeline VIEW AED was chosen for the Product category.

“We are honored to be part of the Design Museum’s exhibit,” said Defibtech President Gintaras Vaisnys. “We take great pride in the overall design of all of our AEDs, from the utility of the devices to the esthetics. Every design aspect works towards making our AEDs unintimidating and extremely easy to use.”

Watch a short introductory video to the Lifeline VIEW



The Lifeline VIEW AED is the only external defibrillator that integrates video, voice, pictures and text to help save the life of a sudden cardiac arrest victim in real time. During an emergency, the VIEW AED guides a rescuer through each step of CPR and defibrillation like no other AED on the market, literally showing and telling rescuer what to do to save a life. For example, when the VIEW’s voice prompt says, “Place pads on patient’s chest,” the video shows the rescuer exactly where and how to place the pads.

AEDs revive victims of sudden cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation. Studies show that if victims are defibrillated within a minute or two after arrest, more than 70 percent survive. If defibrillation is delayed for more than 10 minutes, less than 5 percent live, making immediate access to AEDs vital.

Learn more about the Lifeline VIEW.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Fabrice Muamba incident highlights risks of hidden heart problems even for the young and fit


When we think about heart conditions we tend to think it only happens to older, unfit or overweight people. The recent drama surrounding the collapse of Premiership footballer Fabrice Muamba with a heart attack has highlighted that even the youngest and fittest person could have a hidden heart problem that leads to a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). 
Muamba is only 23 and was recognised as one of the fittest players in the Bolton Wanders squad. For many this incident will bring back tragic memories of Marc-Vivien Foe who died after collapsing on the pitch and suffering an SCA during a match in 2003. 
Every week in the UK, 12 apparently fit and healthy young people, under the age of 35, die from undiagnosed cardiac conditions. The defect is usually due to an inherited condition rather than a lack of fitness.
There have been a number of stories in the press about young people suffering from SCA due to heart conditions, some with a happy ending but many with tragic consequences.
Early defibrillation is vital
An important factor in restarting Fabrice Muamba’s heart was the fact that he received early CPR and defibrillation with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Both of these are vital parts of the chain of survival for suffers of SCA. AEDs are vital pieces of equipment that are designed to be simple to use so anyone can deliver an electrical shock to help restore a normal heart rhythm.
The Lifeline AED offered by Martek Medical has been shown in an independent usability study to be the easiest to use AED on the market.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Soccerdome Staff Use Defibrillator to Save Man's Life


QUICK-thinking staff have been hailed heroes after saving the life of a footballer who suffered a heart attack during a match.

Rob Latham was close to death after collapsing while playing with a group of friends at the Robin Park Powerleague Soccerdome.

The 35-year-old from Reepham Close, Winstanley, was not breathing and his heart had stopped, but he was brought back to life by first aid-trained staff before emergency services arrived.

Resuscitation techniques, including the in-house defibrillator, had to be used twice before the professionals took over.

Family of Mr Latham have been maintaining a bedside vigil at Wigan Infirmary since he suffered the cardiac arrest at 8.30pm on Monday, during a privately-organised match at the Stadium Way centre.

His condition is now said to be stable.

Dave McNally, community resuscitation manager for North West Ambulance Service, said: “Thanks to the quick actions of trained staff and a public Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine – which was placed there as part of the Community Resuscitation Scheme spearheaded by the North West Ambulance Service – the patient was shocked twice and successfully resuscitated before being transported to hospital.

“This incident highlights the importance of quick intervention when an individual goes into cardiac arrest, and supports NWAS’s aim to have defibrillators placed in all public areas where there is an increased risk of cardiac arrest.

“The trust has trained all Powerleague staff in the North West in resuscitation techniques, and has installed defibrillators in all of their sites for occasions such as this.

“When there is a need to use them, it can be a frightening time for all concerned, but the staff in Powerleague Wigan acted extremely professionally and remembered their training well.”

Firefighters from Wigan were attending a skip fire behind the DW Stadium at the time, and were flagged down by someone at the Soccerdome.

Watch manager Michael Wilding said: “Fire Service trauma technicians rushed to the scene, where we found staff at the centre administering first-aid.

“When we arrived, staff at the centre where doing a remarkable job, with trained first-aiders at the scene.

“I have little doubt the man’s condition would have been far worse if those staff hadn’t been trained in first-aid.

A Powerleague spokesman said: “Powerleague are proud of how the staff at our Wigan branch responded to this emergency on Monday night, we are also very thankful for the support we receive from North West Ambulance Service across our branches in the area.

“Our best wishes and thoughts are with the player and his family.”

Source: Wigan Today