Troubling, indeed

A federal appeals court in California ruled this week in support of the California Supreme Court in the case of Verdugo v. Target. 

[The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation had submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of the plaintiff in this case.]

While it is extremely disappointing that the California courts have not recognized the importance of preparing for sudden cardiac arrest in big box stores such as Target, it is good to know that while Judge Harry Pregerson, part of a three-member appeals court panel, accepted the decision, he called it "troubling."

The devices are “inexpensive, nearly foolproof,” and “should be as common as first-aid kits,” he said. 

Governor Cuomo Signs CPR in Schools Bill

From the Capitol Confidential, in case you had not seen it:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that, if approved by the state Board of Regents, would mandate the teaching of CPR in schools.

It is among a batch of bills he signed earlier.

Here are some details about the CPR measure by supporters. It seems like it’s a good bet for approval by the Board of Regents, who have been making nice lately with the public and teachers unions, as evidenced by Monday’s approval of alternate pathways to graduation. That’s in contrast with a year ago when the Regents and Education Commissioner John King Jr. were being vilified over Common Core and its attendant testing program. The signed bill now goes to the state Commissioner of Education, who has 180 days to recommend to the Board of Regents that they include CPR and AED instruction in the curriculum. The Regents have 60 days to act after the commissioner’s report. 


So, my 17 year old son had SCA on July 30, 2014. I found him at ~11pm on the floor in his bedroom. The last breaths woke me up. I knew as I walked into his room that this wasn't good. Immediately every breath I had left me, I was gasping for air, while trying to "wake" him up. I ran downstairs got my husband who picked up the phone dialed 911 on his way upstairs. He had vomit in his mouth, so my husband cleared his mouth and started CPR. It really only took the first police officer 2 minutes to get to our house. He helped with CPR until the EMTs arrived. They cardioconverted him twice at home, in his bedroom. the second time was successful. He was taken to childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh. He had respiratory failure due to aspirating vomit. He was put on a ventilator, sedated heavily and paralyzed to allow his lungs to recover for 12 days. Every test was negative...heart cath, cardiac stress MRI. Thankfully there was no damage from the arrest. His heart "looked good".

The Other Big Cause

Breast cancer and sudden cardiac arrestWhen most people think of October, they think pink. People everywhere know that October is breast cancer awareness month. About 40,000 women in the U.S. are expected to die from breast cancer in 2014, although fortunately death rates have been decreasing since 1989—largely because of increased awareness, earlier detection through screening, and treatment advances.[1]

AB 2217 signed into law by Governor Brown, encouraging all CA public schools to have an AED

On Tuesday, September 29th, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2217, which would encourage all public schools to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) by allowing public schools the ability to solicit and receive funds to acquire and maintain an AED, if they don’t already have one. It also provides that the employees of the school district are not liable for civil damages resulting from certain uses, attempted uses or non-uses of an AED. It exempts a public school or district, that is in compliance with AED requirements, from civil damage liability.

Thank you to Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez for the initiation of the bill and everyone's support and commitment to the passage of it.

Allison Gingold, Los Angeles Affiliate for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

Happy 'birthday': Aquinas volleyball player from Grant celebrates anniversary of near-fatal collapse

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Dayle Wood has a brand new "birthday," and she's thankful for every new day, week and year she has to live.

It has been a little over a year since Wood collapsed during an Aquinas volleyball practice because of an irregular heartbeat and needed to be revived via an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Wood is still a full-time student at Aquinas and is back to playing volleyball with the Saints, thanks in part to the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), which is programmed to detect cardiac arrhythmia and correct it by delivering a jolt of electricity and also has a pacemaker built into it, in her chest.

Life is pretty much as back to normal as can be for the former Grant volleyball standout, who was known as an aggressive player with a hard attack while with the Tigers.

In memory of Paul

Hello everyone,

I just learned of this website when reading a small newsletter called BottomLine Personal. My husband Paul died of SCA on Aug 4 this year, just about one month shy of his 64th birthday. Although his death certificate says "heart attack", I now know that was not exactly the case.

We were doing one of the things we loved - traveling by RV. We had just finished our 3rd week on the road, where the last week had been in Oshkosh, WI at AirVenture 2014. My husband was not a pilot or a veteran by he loved all things airplane. We had just set up our campsite outside of Milwaukee and had planned our visit to that city for the next day. You see, we also love our Harley and no trip to Wisconsin would be complete without a visit to the Harley museum.

We're acting on the results, but we cannot share until mid-November.

In 2012 SLICC demonstrated that pedal chest compressions permitted people to last three plus times longer than people performing manual compressions also were able to provide Guideline-Compliant Chest Compressions ("GC3's") to a larger percentage of the USA adult population.

In 2013 SLICC demonstrated that one's ability to perform chest compressions for an extended period were defined by (a) the stiffness of the victim's chest, (b) the body weight of the rescuer, and (c) the method used to compress the chest. People performing pedal compressions were able to provide GC3's to a larger percentage of the population and were able to perform compressions for more than three times longer than they could when performing manual compressions.

Capps Introduces Legislation to Teach Students to Save Lives

WASHINGTON, DC –Today Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24) announced she has introduced the Teaching Children to Save Lives Act (H.R. 2308), legislation that would provide critical resources to assist schools with teaching students across the country the life-saving skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use automated external defibrillators (AED). Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States but studies show that victims of SCA have a 34 percent higher chance of survival if they are immediately treated with CPR and the use of an AED. Unfortunately, few people have the knowledge or confidence to perform these basic life-saving skills in the face of SCA. Training a generation of students with these skills could save lives long into the future.

If you want to better understand the magnitude of the problem...

Set up a looping function on the timer on your phone, tablet, computer, whatever. Have it beep every 88 seconds. That's the average interval between SCA's in the USA. That's right, on the average someone dies of an SCA every 88 seconds. When that beeping starts to alarm you, pause to think that we could get that interval to nearly three minutes if all of us did what Kings County, Washington (Seattle), Phoenix Arizona, or Hilton Head Island did.

And of we got a lot more bystanders trained, we could delay those beeps a lot more.

Interested in helping?


bobt [at] slicc [dot] org

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