Dying with your Privacy Intact

Questions about PHIPPA and Deadly Genetic Diseases The rigorous application of the Personal Health Information Privacy Protection Act (PHIPPA) and the presence of known disease causing genes or genetic mutations raise a host of medical/legal/ethical challenges for...

Two Cost Comparison’s for Cardiac Arrest Prevention Programs

Brock Reuther died as a result of a sudden cardiac arrest experienced while playing volleyball at his Alberta High School in May of 2012. Since that day Brock’s Mom, Kim has been advocating for programs to prevent other families from experiencing the pain the...

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Strategies for your League

PACED wants you to share in the Knowledge – not in the Tragedy PACED, Parents Advocating for Cardiac Education, is hopeful that 2015 will be a watershed year for heart arrhythmia awareness and sudden cardiac arrest prevention in Canada.  A little basic knowledge...

The Knowledge Trapped Inside an Automated External Defibrillator

Automated External Defibrillators often do not work on Young Athletes It seems counter intuitive, certainly to a lay person like myself, that an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is far more likely to work on a 60 year old fan collapsed in the stands than on a 20...
The Misdiagnosis of Long QT Syndrome

The Misdiagnosis of Long QT Syndrome

If you think your child’s diagnosis of Epilepsy was wrong, read on   The problem of misdiagnosis of Long QT Syndrome, often as a seizure disorder or epilepsy, has long been recognized. Paediatricians and Electrophysiologists (EP’s) have wrestled with...
Mandatory ECG for Paediatric Syncope – MEPS

Mandatory ECG for Paediatric Syncope – MEPS

ECG’s acquired when a child faints provide lifesaving data Every Paramedic in Ontario, and probably where you live, is trained and equipped to take an ECG (Electrocardigram) and do basic heart rhythm interpretation.  When Paramedics respond to a call for a child...
Watching our Children Die on the Ice

Watching our Children Die on the Ice

Somebody do Something … just don’t ask me to perform CPR For nine years I was the Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program Co-ordinator for a municipality with a population of just under 500,000. It was an exciting time on the frontier of AED placement in...

The Arrhythmia Train

The Arrhythmia Train is pulling out of the station. In my talk at Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) in Vancouver I spoke about the growing awareness of Inherited Heart Rhythm Disorders that I have been observing in many communities and organizations. My...
Where we aren’t at Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth

Where we aren’t at Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth

Despite at least 8 on ice deaths in 9 years Hockey Canada’s Head of Safety, Todd Jackson told CBC that “We are at a point where we are delivering something we are very comfortable with” when asked if his organization was doing enough to prepare for...