11/13/02 - At-Home Defibrillators - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

11/13/02 - At-Home Defibrillators

  • SPONSORED BY SOUTHEAST HEALTHMore>>

  • New technology connects babies and families with webcams

    New technology connects babies and families with webcams

    New technology connects babies and families with webcams

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:45 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:45:11 GMT
    The Heartland is now home to the newest cutting edge technology for moms and babies facing long hospitals stays when the little ones need special intensive care.
    The Heartland is now home to the newest cutting edge technology for moms and babies facing long hospitals stays when the little ones need special intensive care. 
  • Quinn signs epinephrine law for Illinois schools

    Quinn signs epinephrine law for Illinois schools

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:36:36 GMT
    A new bill signed into Illinois law says trained personnel at schools statewide will be able to administer injectable epinephrine for those appearing to have strong allergic reactions.
    A new bill signed into Illinois law says trained personnel at schools statewide will be able to administer injectable epinephrine for those appearing to have strong allergic reactions.
  • Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug

    Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:41 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:41:49 GMT
    Illinois is placing tight restrictions on a new hepatitis C drug that costs $1,000 per pill. Medicaid patients must meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before the government health care program will pay for...
    Illinois is placing tight restrictions on a new hepatitis C drug that costs $1,000 per pill. Medicaid patients must meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before the government health care program will pay for Sovaldi.

For the last few years portable defibrillators have become more common. Defibrillators are the electric shock pads doctors use to get hearts beating normally again. First they showed up in police cars, then airports and even malls, now, they're coming into homes. The first home defibrillator was just approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The machine is designed to help people electronically shock someone's heart into beating again before paramedics arrive, but there are some warnings.

Paramedic firefighter Billy Crump says, "If you have someone there, and within a minute can deliver defibrillation, it's going to benefit the patient." Most heart attacks happen at home, and each minute that passes lowers the chance of survival by ten percent. So the new, at home defibrillator could save lives.

"When you run into defibrillation, the faster you deliver the shock, the greater chance of resuscitating the patient," Crump says. Crump works at the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. The department has had portable defibrillators in it's trucks for several years. He says they use them on patients during emergency calls around four times a month. "Basically a defibrillator stops the heart, and what you're hoping is that it will start in a normal pattern," Crump says.

Portable defibrillators, basically run themselves, but Crump says people who use defibrillators, or the new at home ones just approved by the FDA need to be trained. "It concerns me, even if they go through initial training that they won't keep their training up," Crump says. "It's not something you use on a daily basis, they need to know what they're doing with it."

Using it wrongly could actually kill the person you're trying to save, and the patient isn't the only person who could be hurt. If someone touches a patient, that's hooked up to the defibrillator, they can get shocked too. The new at home defibrillators are available by prescription only, and cost about 23-hundred dollars. Emergency personnel are trained to use the defibrillators. As far as the at home devices, there's no information on what kind of training is needed, but makers of the device do say they made the directions easy enough for a six grader to understand.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.