November 2nd, 2010

Primary ICD Implants May Not Benefit Seniors

Rome, Italy - New trials of prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy in seniors are needed, because the seminal studies of ICDs in heart-failure patients do not show a survival benefit in older patients, the authors of a new meta-analysis argue.

I just heard a new excuse

I thought I had heard of all the reasons given by people for not being willing to learn CPR. But Christine Lind - SLICC's Director of Skidaway Operations - shared one with me yesterday that still has my head shaking.
The person had told Christine that they didn't want to learn CPR because they didn't want to someday have the responsibility for whether a person lived or died.

October 29th

Oregon Schools May Be Required to Have AEDs

ISSAQHAH, WA (PRWEB) --The Oregon Legislature has approved a new bill that would require emergency heart-starting equipment in schools.

If passed, all schools would be required to have Automated Emergency Defibrillators (AEDs); however, some schools are concerned about the cost of the medical equipment. The law would require school districts to pay, update, and maintain the equipment and train staff members on using the equipment.

Each year, more than 950,000 adult Americans die from cardiovascular disease, making it the number one killer in the United States. At least 295,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest before they reach the hospital.

External defibrillators or AEDs are a portable electronic device that can stop heart arrhythmia and thereby help the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. These new devices are designed to be used by non-medical personnel who have received AED training; much like the CPR training many people receive.

Phone Booth Makeover

AED Installed in Former Phone Booth in Leicestershire County, England

LEICESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND-- Villagers of Leicestershire, a county in the middle of England, have worked with a national charity, the Community HeartBeat Trust, to raise £2,000 to buy an automated external defibrillator (AED). All villagers and local emergency medical services personnel have been given a number to call so the device can be accessed quickly. Conservative MP for Bosworth David Tredinnick unveiled the safety device today. It is housed in a secure box with keypad access inside the telephone booth, which is now owned by the local parish council. Volunteers have received training from local first responders and are better prepared to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest.


University of Florida Football Player's Death Caused by Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac arrest killed Lamar Abel, a young man from Sunrise who played on the 2008 University of Florida national championship football team, authorities recently concluded.

There was no evidence of foul play when Abel, 21, died unexpectedly in Gainvesville on May 22, police said. But officials had been waiting for a medical examiner's report, which was finished this month and formally determined Abel died of "natural/sudden cardiac arrest," Gainesville Police Cpl. Tscharna Senn said in an e-mail Wednesday to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

UF players have kept paying tribute since Abel's death, including during the Oct. 2 game against Alabama. That's when Gators defensive tackle Jaye Howard wore Abel's number, 62, instead of his usual No. 6.

Making SCA a Reportable Condition

A Public Policy Change That Could Improve Survival

by Mary Newman

Sudden unexpected cardiac arrest occurring outside the hospital (OHCA) strikes 295,000 Americans of all ages each year (1). Unfortunately, OHCA survival rates have languished at a dismal 7% for decades (2). OHCA is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind all cancers and other heart conditions (3).

A vast body of research has proven that certain critical interventions profoundly improve the odds of neurologically intact survival and minimize future life-threatening risks. These include the following:

October 25th

One in Three Survives in Thomasville, Georgia, Thanks to New Device

THOMASVILLE, GA-- Thomas County Emergency Medical Service Co-Director Tim Coram reported to the Board of Commissioners today, Oct 26, that due to the use of new equipment, cardiac arrest survival rates in Thomas County have increased significantly. The new equipment, known as a “Lucas 2 Device” was put into use in April 2010. At that time, Lucas devices were placed in all 5 front line ambulances operated by Thomas County. In 2009, Thomas County EMS transported 37 cardiac arrest patients with a survival rate of 18.9%. So far, in 2010 with the Lucas device in service, EMS transported 44 cardiac arrest patients with a survival rate of 32.0%. Captain Coram stated, “When the proposal to purchase the Lucas devices was made to the Board of Commissioners, we told you it would save more lives and that prediction has proven true.”

October 21st

Two Trials to Study Use of Hypothermia in Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Patients


Two Trials to Study Use of Hypothermia in Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Patients

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is funding the first large scale, multi-center study to help determine the best treatment for children who are successfully resuscitated after a cardiac arrest.

The study, entitled “Therapeutic Hypothermia after Pediatric Cardiac Arrest (THAPCA)”, will evaluate whether regulating the body temperature will improve the outcome for children after cardiac arrest. There is a separate study for children who arrest in the hospital (THAPCA-IH) and children who arrest out of the hospital (THAPCA-OH).

The goal of these two trials is to determine if therapeutic hypothermia improves survival with good neurobehavioral outcome in children who have had a cardiac arrest.

October 18th

New AHA Guidelines Call for C-A-B

The American Heart Association is re-arranging the ABCs of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in its 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Recommending that chest compressions be the first step for lay and professional rescuers to revive victims of sudden cardiac arrest, the association said the A-B-Cs (Airway-Breathing-Compressions) of CPR should now be changed to C-A-B (Compressions-Airway-Breathing).

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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