Archive for April, 2010

Something Extra, A Different CPR Technique

Have you heard of an alternative technique to standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?  The alternative method is for chest compressions only (and at a rate of 100 per minute)  without pausing to administer mouth-to-mouth breathing to the victim.  A new emphasis is showing up in many places for this simpler method.

Arguments for the growing support for the alternative method center upon the greater likelihood for bystanders to assist than with the more complicated standard CPR method.  The relative simplicity and lack of oral contact are probably factors in this.  Too, some proponents of the alternative method cite greater effectiveness because chest compressions are not cyclically interrupted for administration of mouth-to-mouth breathing.

The RV Service Net’s April 2010 Bulletin included an article by the same title as this notice.  The hot link to the YouTube video’s URL was lost in the printing.  This is a clear dramatization of administering rapid continuous chest compression as an alternative to standard CPR,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5huVSebZpM

The Science Daily website provides a nice overview of the issues in this release,  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091115191015.htm

The American Heart Association has issued a statement endorsing the hands only cpr alternative method,  http://americanheart.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=377

The American Red Cross supports the hands only cpr alternative method, http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.94aae335470e233f6cf911df43181aa0/?vgnextoid=bd39244b6949b110VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD

American Heart Association (AHA) and American Red Cross (ARC) BOTH state the different CPR technique is not a replacement for standard CPR.  Standard CPR should be administered by personnel properly trained and who are prepared for and comfortable with administering mouth-to-mouth breathing.

AHA and ARC recommend continuous chest compression is advised for bystanders who are not trained in standard CPR, or anyone not comfortable with administering mouth-to-mouth breathing during CPR.  And they both recommend everyone obtaining training in CPR.

If you see someone collapse and they are not responsive, AHA, ARC, and Mayo Clinic all clearly state you should administer either the simpler hands only CPR or standard CPR, according to your training.

Even if you are not trained, at least administer the hands only CPR, with continuous chest compressions at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.  You may save a life.

posted 2010 Apr 27 by n5rtg

April 27 2010 | Miscellaneous and News | No Comments »

Emergency contact phone numbers

The RV Service Net website now posts phone numbers for emergency contact of RVers caravanning throughout North America.  These phone numbers are for use for EMERGENCY or priority traffic only, and are intended primarily for use by persons having a need to contact travelers on caravan.

Link to the numbers by clicking here.

posted 2010 Apr 22 by n5rtg

April 23 2010 | Members and Miscellaneous and News | No Comments »

Revisions to Net Managers page

Welcome to KD5EK Mitch Mitchell as manager of 20m Noon nets.  Also re-posted the 20 meter 5pm Eastern net, KB0KAM Edna is manager.  See the complete line-up of RV Service Net managers here.

Thanks to the watchers who keep us straight on this web site.  Please email n5rtg if any concerns or suggestions.

Jim N5RTG

revised 4/13/2010

April 13 2010 | Nets | No Comments »

Amateur Radio Assists with Rescue in Great Smoky Mountains

On Sunday, March 28 — a day with a lot of rain, wind, sleet and, fog — John Oakberg, NK4N, of Sevierville, Tennessee, went out hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Mt LeConte. When he was about 1 mile up from Alum Cave Bluff, he came across Judy Potter, 57, of Atlanta who had broken her ankle while on the trail. Oakberg reached for his cell phone to call 911, but there was no coverage available. He then reached for his handheld transceiver and put out a call to any Amateur Radio operators who may be listening via some nearby VHF 2 meter repeaters.  AlumCaveBluffsTrailhead

Scott Wyrick, KD4CWB, of Seymour, Tennessee, told the ARRL that he was the first to respond to Oakberg’s call. After he obtained the necessary information, Wyrick called the National Park Service dispatcher, requesting that they dispatch a rescue team. “John’s signal was noisy into the machines, but two other stations — Dean Webb, N4NLT, and Cleve Hayes, KB4UAL — were able to copy him on the input frequencies,” he told the ARRL. Wyrick lives in Sevier County, the same county where the National Park is located. 

Webb, who was driving across Fort Loudoun Dam in Loudon County — heard the emergency call calling for assistance on his mobile station on 146.940. “His signal was poor into the repeater and it was very scratchy,” he told WATE, a television station in Knoxville, Tennessee. Webb and Hayes quickly set up a radio relay with Wyrick from John Oakberg on the mountain.

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Hayes — who was at his home in Knox County for the relay — told WATE that he “could relay what [John Oakberg] was saying to Scott, who was on the phone to the National Park Service to get the information that they wanted, such as height, weight, age and does she have any medical issues.”

Wyrick told the ARRL that the rescue team was able to reach Potter after a few hours, around 2 PM. They carried her to safety several miles down the mountainside, reaching the staging area set up in the parking lot at the base of the mountain approximately three hours later. Paramedics treated her on the scene, but she refused transport via ambulance and left by private vehicle with her friends who took her to the Sevier County Medical Center for additional treatment. According to WATE, she is scheduled for surgery in Atlanta to pin and plate two broken bones in her left ankle.

“It hit a point where I was just in tears,” Potter told WATE. “You can say you’re going to be tough and get out of this, but you just get weary. And I think having somebody come an hour or two quicker and being able to get moving helped keep my spirits going. People all over the place that I don’t even know helped me. Thank you!” —

[Photos courtesy of Scott Basford],  Thanks to Scott Wyrick, KD4CWB, and WATE for the information

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April 03 2010 | News | No Comments »

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