HeartSafe - Saving Lives or Life Support for the Sequoia Healthcare District
Original post made by Jack Hickey on Nov 2, 2012
Ms. Scott failed to disclose a potential conflict of interest when she introduced the program to the board. Her Form 700 at the time showed that her spouse received income as a Senior Product Manager for Guidant Corp., a Medical Device Manufacturer who's products included defibrillators.
The program provided an opportunity for former Atherton police chief, Glenn Nielsen, to land a comfortable part-time job as Manager of the program. It seems that gathering anecdotal stories to promote the District was one of his responsibilities. This excerpt from an e-mail exchange between Glenn and Fire Chief Emil Picchi is enlightening.
You are attending the meeting next week, right? Starts at 9 AM and the coffee starts at 8 AM at Bolongerie.
Please please please call Don Shoecraft, our PR guy, at 650-594-0556 as soon as you can. He is working on a press release and needs some interesting anecdotes. He is also Cc'd on this email.
Sorry I am not able to get some cold hard facts and stats. Here is what I have received in response to uses from the guys. See you in the morning.
Visit the District website www.sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com to view anecdotal stories.
on Nov 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Just for the record, I would like to make it perfectly clear that I do not question the value of placing AED's and automated CPR devices into the hands of first responders nor the placement of AED's in publicly accessible locations. They are a morale booster to those first responders. Nor do I question the value of Nurses Education. I do question the motive of my colleagues on the board, who constitute a 4/1 majority, in promoting these programs. In the case of Heartsafe, San Mateo County Emergency Medical Services, who are mandated by law to maintain a database of publically accessible AED's are the logical agency for distribution of those devices. Other counties are pursuing that. And, with the proliferation of GPS enabled Smart Phones, Apps have evolved to instantly connect CPR trained individuals with victims, precise AED device locations and first responders. When the Sequoia Healthcare District is dissolved, the county will receive a share of it's assets and tax allocation. Supervisors will have an obligation to pursue that course of action
Placing a $20,000 Code Blue AED Tower adjacent to the Woodside Firehouse was a waste of tax dollars. More than 20 individual AED devices could have been prochured with that money. That was strictly a promotional ploy to endear the Sequoia Healthcare District with a select segment of our population. One look at the space given to that project in the Report to the Community illustrates my point. More than twice as much space was given to Heartsafe content promoting the District than was given to financial content.
on Jan 10, 2013 at 10:56 am
Activities engaged in by Sequoia Healthcare District's HeartSafe Program should be a function of county government.
Information on nationwide deployment of AED's copied from Web Link
Legislative Overview (California)
¡Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 159 Declares September 12th Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Day
¡Assembly Bill (AB) 254 Extends Good Samaritan coverage to schools choosing to have an AED & staff that use an AED
¡ACR 57 Urges all public k-12 schools to implement AED programs
¡AEDs are mandated in schools in: Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia
¡AEDs are mandated in fitness facilities in: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island
¡ Web Link : a detailed page on State Laws on Heart Attacks, Cardiac Arrest & Defibrillators on the National Conference of Sate Legislature website.
on Jan 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm
someone sure must of got their knickers in a twist, some time back
quite the grudge
every other post is hicky maoning about the health district
used to be useful, even interesting information on these forums