On April 11, a bystander and two police officers saved the life of a man who had been walking in South Park (Pittsburgh, PA) when he suddenly collapsed in cardiac arrest. On April 22, Pittsburgh police officers and paramedics saved the life of a fellow officer who suffered cardiac arrest in the West End station.
Why did they survive sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), when so few victims do?
The answer is simple: Bystanders started CPR and used defibrillators immediately.
Unfortunately, SCA is a common occurrence in Pittsburgh and across the nation. In fact, it affects about 1,000 people of all ages each day in the U.S.
While on average, only 10 percent of victims survive, when people at the scene of the emergency intervene quickly by giving CPR and using automated external defibrillators (AEDs), survival rates increase to 40 percent.
Help raise awareness about SCA and the importance of knowing how to save a life.
The Florida Supreme Court, in a decision handed down on April 2, 2015, denied AED Good Samaritan immunity protection to the Lee County School District (Florida) and said a jury trial should decide whether the District had an obligation to use a nearby automated external defibrillator (AED) on a fallen student. This case highlights the limited protections available under AED immunity laws in most states and the potential risk implications for AED programs.
President Obama has zeroed out funding in his FY 2016 budget for HRSA’s Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program—the program designed to save lives from cardiac arrest with automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Now it is up to Congress to restore funding for this life-saving program. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a member of the Ad Hoc Coalition To Save Lives Through Public Access to Defibrillation spearheaded by the American Heart Association, asks you to contact your legislators today and urge them to help restore funding for this vital program.
The program helps buy and place AEDs in rural communities and trains first responders and lay rescuers in their use. The program ensures those who live in rural areas or small towns have access to the tools that give them the best chance of surviving a cardiac arrest, but the program currently only has the resources to operate in 12 states.
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Jim Baum was a good neighbor. After seeing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) mounted in the Chicago O’Hare Airport, he spoke to a physician friend about them and decided that he should have a device in each of his homes because his neighbors were elderly. Little did he know, Jim would later be saved by one of the devices. That was in 2003.
Jim was a true believer in the value of AEDs. One Christmas, he gave each of his children AEDs for their homes.
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.
When 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.
Dan Borislow, the inventor of magicJack, died of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) last month after playing soccer at a community park in Jupiter, Florida. He was only 52-years-old, and is survived by a wife and children. He was one of 300,000 to 400,000 people who die each year of cardiac arrest in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.
I play in the same adult soccer league with Borislow. Athletes of all ages play on those fields. People of every age have cardiac events — even children. In fact, the organization called Parent Heart Watch consists of parents who have lost their children due to sudden cardiac death.
In a long-awaited and important AED-related decision, the California Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that there is no common law duty (aka legally imposed obligation) requiring Target Corporation to obtain and make available AEDs in its stores for use in medical emergencies. This result effectively ends the case but the decision will reverberate in California and courts in other states for many years to come.
By way of background, this case began in 2008 when Mary Ann Verdugo, a 49-year-old developmentally disabled shopper with serious health issues, died after experiencing sudden cardiac arrest at a California Target store. The store lacked an AED or an employee trained to use one, though at the time Target sold AEDs on its website.
Stuart R. Koenig (June 14, 1947 – September 15, 2012)
My dad died from sudden cardiac arrest when he was 65. He was active and in shape, he was on cholesterol meds, he detested cigarettes, and I never saw him drink anything stronger than a cabernet. But he still died, playing tennis, and dropped so fast he didn’t even break the impact of his fall with his hands. When they laid him out at the funeral home, his nose looked freshly broken.