ICD patient education and advocacy with Doug Rachac

In episode #018 of the Life After Cardiac Arrest podcast Paul talks with Doug Rachac who is a medical device patient educator and advocate.

Prior to his own cardiac issues Doug was a Medtronic employer for many years working in a number of roles including training and education. Doug experienced a number of cardiac related blackouts and subsequently ended up with an ICD being implanted to protect him from further episodes and the possibility of a cardiac arrest.

Since then Doug has left Medtronic to focus on family life and educating patients and industry about what it is like to have an implanted device such as an ICD. He is active on various peer support groups and has his own YouTube channel. Here he covers lots of the common questions ICD owners have, explaining topics in a clear and easy to understand manner.

Available to listen on the link below or Spotify, Apple , Google and your favourite podcast player.

Presented by Paul Swindell and edited by Matt Nielson. Recorded September 2019

The forgotten patient

In episode #018 of the Life After Cardiac Arrest podcast Paul talks with Dr Katie Dainty, who is a qualitative and mixed methods scientist and is the Research Chair in Patient Centred Outcomes at North York General Hospital, Toronto.

She is also a passionate advocate for bystanders in a cardiac arrest scenario – “the forgotten patient”.

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She is currently undertaking research into understanding survivorship following Sudden Cardiac Arrest from both the patient and family perspectives and is also a co-founder of the Canadian organisation Bystander Support Network which aims to support people who have witnessed someone having a cardiac arrest, who have performed CPR or who have survived a cardiac arrest.

Available to listen on the link below or Spotify, Apple , Google and your favourite podcast player.

Presented by Paul Swindell and edited by Matt Nielson. Recorded September 2019

Jayne Biggs, mother, lifesaver and founder of Heart 2 Heart Norfolk

In episode #017 Paul talks with Jayne Biggs, mother and lifesaver of her daughter Violet who had a cardiac arrest aged 7.

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She talks about her daughters event and how she has been driven by her families experience to set up the Heart 2 Heart charity in Norfolk to improve life saving skills in her local and wider community.

In 3 years her charity has placed over 140 defibrillators and trained many hundreds of people in CPR skills.

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Available to listen on the link below or Spotify, Apple , Google and your favourite podcast player.

Presented by Paul Swindell and edited by Matt Nielson. Recorded September 2019