An estimated 1,000 people will die in the U.S. today from sudden cardiac arrest--it's the leading cause of death in the United States, killing approximately 360,000 people annually.
Now, there's a new location-based mobile phone app that could reduce those numbers by creating a cadre of "citizen responders" who can assist heart attack victims while emergency responders are on the way.
The app was developed for El Camino Hospital and is integrated with 911 systems. So when emergency crews are dispatched to help a heart attack victim, the app simultaneously notifies CPR-trained bystanders that someone nearby may require their help.
A crowd of friends, family members and staff at El Camino Hospital’s Cancer Center gathered last week to kick off the Symphony of Color Art Show. The exhibition – on display in the hospital's Piano Lobby through February – is a collection of paintings created by El Camino Hospital cancer patients, all students of art therapist Tehila Eisenstat, who has offered her Creative Expressions painting class for the past 12 years on the hospital campus.
Morgan Hill Times -- According to the American Heart Association, every day nearly 1,000 Americans are killed by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Once SCA strikes, time is critical. For every minute that passes without a patient receiving resuscitation, the chances of that person surviving decreases by 10 percent. Unfortunately, 60 percent of SCA victims don't get CPR until professional help arrives and often, it's too late.
That is why the City of Morgan Hill has teamed up with Fire Departments within Santa Clara County and El Camino Hospital to launch the PulsePoint mobile app to all of Santa Clara County, according to a press release from the City of Morgan Hill. PulsePoint is a location-based app that alerts CPR-trained citizen bystanders that a person nearby requires help, allowing them to start CPR before the ambulance arrives, and save valuable time. When 911 is called to report a SCA, the 911 operator sends a PulsePoint alert, which is received by nearby app users who are provided the location of the SCA emergency. The app can also help locate the nearest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to use in resuscitation efforts.
Sudden cardiac arrest? There's an app for that. Health and safety officials from Mountain View and around the county are endorsing the local launch of the PulsePoint system, a mobile app that alerts users when someone nearby is having a heart attack, giving good Samaritans the chance to lend a potentially life-saving hand until emergency responders arrive.
It used to be that when patients left El Camino Hospital, they left the health care facility behind them. But these days, since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, many patients end up taking a piece of the hospital with them. After leaving the hospital, El Camino patients who are deemed to be at high risk for readmission are monitored, checked on and visited regularly by a member of the hospital's recently instituted program, Avoiding Readmissions through Collaboration -- ARC for short. The idea is to make sure these high-risk patients don't end up back in a hospital bed because of an avoidable mistake or oversight, such as forgetting to take their medication, or being put on a nutrition plan poorly suited for their needs.
A robust flu season has led El Camino Hospital to take additional steps to protect its patients and visitors.
Hospital officials last week enacted visitation restrictions at its Mountain View and Los Gatos campuses prohibiting children under the age of 16 from visiting patients. Dr. Caroline Stratz, who practices at the hospital's adult and senior health clinics, told the Town Crier that the restrictions were instituted to help combat the spread of influenza by young visitors.
The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. along with the Fogarty Institute for Innovation (FII)
and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI) announced today the formation of The Lefteroff Fund. The Lefteroff Fund was created to honor the work of Tracy T. Lefteroff, a partner at PwC who passed away last June, for his legacy of commitment and dedication to entrepreneurship in the life sciences industry. The fund will provide educational scholarships, grants and instructive opportunities to promising entrepreneurs and medical projects in the life sciences industry. The Lefteroff Fund will be housed and administered by FII, a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit dedicated to mentoring, training and inspiring the next generation of medical innovators.
Becker's Hospital Review has named "100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know" based on the selected leaders' abilities to leverage existing and new technology to further the mission of their organizations while elevating the level of patient care. These CIOs have spent their careers seeing the opportunity in challenges and innovating new solutions in a constantly changing field, making themselves invaluable figures in their hospital or health systems' executive teams.
AsianScientist - News and Information from the Asian Scientific Community -- Strand Life Sciences Private Limited in Bangalore is collaborating with El Camino Hospital to open a Strand Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine in San Francisco. This signals the start of a collaborative effort to bring advanced genomic tests in cardiology, oncology, pharmaco-genomics and personalized medicine to the community served by the El Camino Hospital.
The Los Altos Community Foundation completed its second grant-making cycle for the fiscal year, issuing a total of $136,400 to 45 nonprofits that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.
The project and operational grants benefit the communities in areas such as health, assisting vulnerable populations including youth and seniors, community building and arts and culture.
The Community Grant Program helps sustain services at established local organizations such as Bus Barn Theater, the Community Services Agency, the Community Health Awareness Council, the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, El Camino Hospital’s RotaCare Clinic, Hidden Villa, the Los Altos History Museum, Just- READ, the Krause Center for Innovation and the YMCA.