SHARE Program

eNewsletter – July 2012

SHARE eNewsletter

Want to read this publication offline? You can print a hard copy of this issue. To find previous issues, visit our newsletter archive.

Also, SHARE team members are always available to assist you in your efforts to increase survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Don't hesitate to contact us anytime.

Joe Andazola's Heroes

Joe Andazola and friends
Joe Andazola (center) and, from left to right, his "heroes," Katie Sheridan, George Priniski, and Joe's wife, Karen.

On January 13, 2012, Joe and his friends, Dave, James and George arrived at the putting green of the 18th hole, when Joe suddenly collapsed. James dialed 9-1-1; put the phone on speaker, when the dispatcher told them to start CPR. None of the three knew how to perform CPR, but the operator was firm that it had to be done immediately and instructed them on how to perform it. So the first hero in Joe's new life was the 9-1-1 operator, Katie Sheridan.

She knew what had to be done and was firm, in control, calm and patient. Joe's other four heroes were golf partners, James, Dave and George, and Freddy, one of the workers in the golf pro shop. They took turns doing about 400 chest compressions.

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Firefighter Saved by His Own Crew

Michael Patten
Michael Patten, a Glendale Firefighter/Engineer, is a base manager for the HALO 151 medical-rescue helicopter that was used to transport him after he lapsed into sudden cardiac arrest when he stopped at a Tonopah gas station on his way home from a snowboarding trip to California. Photo by Brent Whiting 03/02/2012.

Story by Brent Whiting, West Valley View

Michael Patten, a Glendale firefighter, is walking proof that continuous chest compressions, or CCC, can save lives.

Patten, 36, credits CCC, a hands-only form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, with saving his life after he collapsed with sudden cardiac arrest Jan. 18.

"At no time did I think I was a candidate for an instant heart attack," Patten said last week. "Now, I'm here to say that I'm alive because CCC works."

"Please spread the word," Patten added. "This is a difference maker!" Read more about how "many people demonstrated an example of doing everything right."

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Arizona Cardiac Center News – New Data Entry System

The 37 Arizona Cardiac Centers were introduced to the new web-based system for entering cardiac arrest and STEMI data at the June 6th biannual meeting. The new system dubbed CEDaR (Cardiac Event Data and Reporting) will help streamline the process of data entry. Thanks for all the great questions and feedback. Our Receiving and Referral Centers are doing excellent work! Questions about the new system can be directed to Margaret Mullins by email or phone at 520-837-9590.

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Dispatch CPR Program Updates

SHARE helps not only recognize call-takers and dispatchers for their life-saving work, but also connects them to the patients whose lives they help save.

Second CPR Dispatch Academy Held
The 9-1-1 CPR Dispatch Program recently held its second CPR Dispatch Academy at the Arizona Department of Health Services. On April 2, 25 dispatchers and 9-1-1 managers from across Arizona attended the four-hour event, a combination of short lectures and interactive workshops introducing the latest strategies and techniques for implementing the American Heart Association's recommendations for Dispatch-Assisted CPR. A group from the San Ramon Valley Fire Department in California also attended. Feedback on the event has been excellent.

The 9-1-1 CPR Dispatch Program has evaluated almost 600 suspected cardiac arrest audio recordings to date, and is receiving data from partners across the state.

Mesa Fire Department's DOREEN WASICK Receives Public-Safety Trainer of the Year Award
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) named Doreen Wasick, Lead Dispatcher for the Mesa Fire Department, as an International Public-Safety Trainer of the Year. Ms. Wasick has been pivotal in bringing SHARE's 9-1-1 CPR Program to Mesa, assuming a lead role in staff training and continuing education efforts that promise to save many lives in the communities for which Mesa fire dispatches. Congratulations to Ms. Wasick for her outstanding and exemplary work!

For more information, contact Micah Panczyk, Telephone-Assisted CPR Program Manager, by email or phone at 602-364-2846.

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Attention EMS Agencies

Documentation Reminders
Please remember to document:

  • Type of CPR (chest compression only or traditional with breaths), if any, that was being performed on arrival.
  • Also make note of the quality (adequate or not), and who was performing it.
  • Keep in Mind: Type, Quality, Who. Thank you!

SHARE would like to welcome Camp Navajo Fire Department as a NEW EMS Participant!

Feel free to contact Alyson Welch for EMS program information by email or phone (602) 377-1853.

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Mayor Praises Yuma Fire Department

Yuma mayor Al Krieger praised several city departments for services they provide the community. The Yuma Fire Department has been working hard to "improve our residents' chances of surviving a medical emergency," Krieger said. He applauded partnerships YFD has forged with the University of Arizona's Sarver Heart Center and Arizona's Emergency Medical Director "to bring the latest in medical response and community preparedness to Yuma." When EMS agencies implement awareness and training programs to increase bystander CPR in their communities, they maximize their chances of saving patients.

The Yuma Fire Department has trained over 4,000 people in continuous chest compression CPR (CCOCPR) since they began offering this free training in 2009.

NOTE: This excerpt was taken from the story by Joyce Lobeck, Sun Staff Writer.

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New and Improved AED Registry

We are pleased to announce that the new SHARE AED Registry is LIVE! This registry is very much new and approved. If you have registered AEDs in the past with SHARE, you should have received an email with details about using the new registry. All AEDs need to be re-registered, but information does not have to be entered all at once.

We know there will be some questions during this transition, so please don't hesitate to contact Paula Brazil by email or phone at 602-364-0580. Find the new AED registry online.

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Be a Lifesaver: New Chest-Compression-Only CPR Pocket Reference

Download and print this convenient wallet-sized reference cardPDF for training classes.

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Easy as C-C-C

Arizona Communities train our next generation of responders! Total Arizona middle school students trained in Continuous Chest Compression CPR in 2012: 3212!

Guardian Medical
Guardian Medical
Verde Valley and Cottonwood Fire
Verde Valley and Cottonwood Fire
Tempe Fire
Tempe Fire

Guardian Medical trains 430 Flagstaff students at the new BASIS SCHOOL in chest compression only CPR January 13th. Isabel Deslauriers, Captain Paramedic at Guardian Medical Transport, organized the training. Josh Wells from Sedona Fire supported Guardian's efforts, as well. Thanks to Gila River Emergency Medical Services, all children had practice time on the manikins! Guardian Medical Director Mark Venuti said he had as much fun as the students!

Scottsdale Fire Department trains 400 Cheyenne Middle School Students from Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), with the help of the Parent Heart Watch Arizona and a team of University of Arizona Medical Students from the Phoenix Campus, April 19th. Scottsdale Fire also educates an additional 250 Middle School Students at Cherokee Elementary School, another SUSD School, April 12th.

Verde Valley and Cottonwood Fire teach 352 middle school students at Cottonwood Middle School in May. Over 6000 Arizonans have been trained in the Verde Valley, Cottonwood, and Sedona areas to date!

350 Students at Stetson Hills School in the Deer Valley Unified School District received lifesaving training by med students from the University of Arizona – College of Medicine, Phoenix campus' Resuscitation Education and Cardiopulmonary Education Team (REACT), and the Arizona Parent Heart Watch representative, June 21, 2012.

On May 10th, Tempe Fire taught 800 7th and 8th Grade students in Hands-only CPR using CPR Anytime kits from the American Heart Association (AHA). Maricopa Integrated Health Care System (MIHS) gifted 800 kits to Kyrene Middle School (KMS) in Tempe. Joining Tempe Fire in the all-day training at KMS: an AHA Regional Representative, Kyrene Unified School District staff/nurses, a rep from Parent Heart Watch, MIHS Chandler Family Health Center staff, SHARE, and an Arizona State University pre-med student. The 7th and 8th graders were instructed to take home the kits and "pass on" these life saving techniques. According to the AHA, for every kit, an average of 2.5 additional people are trained.

Glendale Fire Department gives over 630 Glendale youth the gift to save a life by teaching them Chest Compression Only CPR in 2012!

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School News

Automated External Defibrillator Devices on Campus: Desert Vista High School
Realizing the need for an Emergency Response Program for after school practices and events, Desert Vista High School, Tempe Union High School District, has recently expanded the school's Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program. Seven AEDs are now on campus, to help respond to the heart related emergency, Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), a condition in which the heart stops abruptly, without warning. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in young athletes. Just one in ten student-athletes who suffer from SCA survives. Congratulations to the administration, school nurse, athletics department, staff and concerned parents who have implemented this life-saving program.

Shellie Wenhold, a parent at Desert Vista, and Parent Heart Watch S.T.A.R.S. State Coordinator for Arizona, was a leader in helping the school become better prepared for SCA. She explained, "My nine year old son suffered sudden cardiac arrest during PE class. After losing him to the brain injury he sustained waiting for EMS to arrive we learned what went wrong (delayed SCA recognition, delayed CPR, delayed defibrillation) and what could have made the difference (earlier SCA recognition, earlier CPR, earlier defibrillation) and it spurred me to help our schools be better prepared to respond to cardiac events." Wenhold continued, "When you realize that on any given day 20% of our population is in our schools* you also realize that SCA awareness, bystanders trained in CPR and public access to defibrillation/AED belongs in our schools too. I am pleased with the DV administration for not only expanding the number of AEDs on campus but committing to all staff awareness regarding SCA and the school's cardiac emergency response plan."

* Hazinski, Circulation, 2004

SHARE Video Contest Winner: Explorer Middle School
To support Paradise Valley Unified School District's AED Program, Nurse Kathleen Blomberg, at Explorer Middle School in Phoenix, trained 352 students in chest compression only CPR and AED. Students from the 7th grade Honors English Program created a video, with the help of Jennifer Wermes, M. Ed., Media Productions-Broadcasting Department, to demonstrate what to do if someone suddenly collapses from Cardiac Arrest. Schools can also check out the American Heart Association website, Be the Beat for educational programs and prizes.

SHARE will partner with Parent Heart Watch and the Medtronic Foundation to release an Emergency Response Program for after school events and practices called "Anyone Can Save a Life." Information will be sent out to all athletic trainers, athletic directors, and school nurses. Email Carol Gibbs to be added to the list.

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HEART Safe Recognition by SHARE

American Heart Association's Cardiac Chain of Survival.

HEART Safe is a two-year designation recognizing community-based programs in Arizona, including schools, places of worship, non-profit agencies, and businesses (not designated as first responders) that meet or exceed the SHARE Program's criteria for preparedness in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) emergency.

Help Us Strengthen the Bystander Link in the Chain of Survival
Nearly 1,000 Arizona lives have been saved since the SHARE Program began in 2004. Strengthening the "chain of survival" includes quick bystander action: alerting the 911 system, performing immediate uninterrupted chest compressions, and rapid defibrillation. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) wants to recognize Arizona community-based programs that excel in their commitment to improve survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Bystander CPR can more than double the chances of surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Early CPR and rapid defibrillation saves lives!

Recognized HEART Safe sites:

  • Have a written plan for responding to a sudden cardiac arrest emergency at site(s).
  • Offer CPR/AED training, and train at least 50% of staff and student body.
  • Have AEDs on site registered with the SHARE Program, and maintain them according to manufacturer recommendations. In addition, after an AED is used, a written report is submitted to the Bureau of EMS per Arizona Statute 36-2262.

If your organization has all of the above criteria in place and wishes to commit to and be recognized under the HEART Safe program, fill out the HEART Safe Recognition Application.Word

The ADHS SHARE Program will issue a certificate of recognition, valid for two years, for your commitment to our citizens, friends, co-workers and families, adding tremendous value to our communities.

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Educational Materials

Learn Hands-Only CPR in 20 Seconds
Watch a short PSA from SHARE to learn what to do if an adult suddenly collapses and is unresponsive.

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HeartRescue Project

link to video
Every day, thousands of people suffer sudden cardiac arrest. Would you know how to help?

Would you know how to help?

The HeartRescue Project has created a public service announcement to draw attention to what citizens can do in a Sudden Cardiac Arrest emergency. Share the Save-A-Life Simulator resource with others.

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