User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


18° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Accumulating snow possible Monday night - Tuesday. Storm Center Update.

 

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Most Popular Today


Shortage Of Defibrillators Costing Lives

February 10, 2009, 5:18 PM by Kelli Grant

Shortage Of Defibrillators Costing Lives
Twelve-hundred Americans die every day from sudden cardiac arrest. That adds up to more than 450,000 victims each year. But, those numbers don't have to be that high; in fact, changes are already underway in South Dakota.
A simple machine, that takes only seconds to use, could save up to 50,000 lives every year. But a shortage is creating a serious life-and-death issue. 

In the best shape of his life and on the verge of making the U.S. Olympic Wrestling team, Joe Heskett was working out on this mat when he suddenly collapsed. 

It was only because paramedics used a defibrillator that Heskett survived; it is something he's walked past hundreds of times at the gym and barely noticed. 

"Now I know, first hand, why something like that is important to have around. So no, I never thought about the significance of it. Now, I think about it every day," Heskett said. 

The problem is there just aren't that many of the machines around and few people have been trained to use them. They're called AEDs, and if there were more, more patients like Heskett would be alive today. 

"There's good evidence that putting AEDs in public buildings, office buildings, shopping malls, hotels and the like will double the victim's chance of survival," Ohio State University Medical Center Dr. Michael Sayre said. 

The thought of using an AED can be intimidating, but many models have a voice recording that helps you step-by-step.  Even though they deliver an electric shock to the patient, they can't shock you. 

"Of course, they're a bit concerned about what might happen, but really they're very easy to use. I am confident I could teach anyone to use one within less than 5 minutes,” Dr. Sayre said. 

It's five minutes that could have a lifetime impact. 

The American Heart Association has a goal to put an AED no more than 3 minutes away from anyone who might need it.  Tuesday, the South Dakota House Health and Human Services Committee took a step toward that goal. In a unanimous vote, they passed a bill encouraging AED's in all South Dakota schools, on school athletic fields and it encourages schools to provide training to use the machines.

Previous Story

Next Story


Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Semis Crash When Both Don't Fit Under Overpass

2/23/2015 12:32 PM

A semi driver had to be taken to the hospital following a crash on Interstate 90.

Full Story
Two New Members Join The KELOLAND Family

2/23/2015 4:41 PM

The KELOLAND family grew by two over the weekend.

Full Story
Minnesota Man Catches Walleye Whopper

2/27/2015 10:21 AM

Paul Ell of Big Lake, MN snagged a 11.6-pound, 29.5-inch walleye after 6 p.m. Thursday night.

Full Story
3 Teens In Custody After Driving Stolen Vehicle

2/24/2015 11:04 AM

Early Tuesday morning, a Sioux Falls woman reported her 2001 Land Rover Discovery was stolen. A set of keys were left in the vehicle's center cons...

Full Story
Woman Admits To Having Sexual Contact With A Teenager

2/27/2015 10:44 AM

A former Sioux Falls teacher pleads guilty to sexual contact charges for a relationship she had with a student. 

Full Story


Events