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Survivors: Please join our research panel by August 28

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has established a research panel for survivors of sudden cardiac arrest and their families. The Foundation has worked with multiple universities to facilitate research with survivors and family members. It is now embarking on a new research initiative in collaboration with StrataVerve Market Research. Together, they will study public awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and post-resuscitation quality of life. To participate in the research panel, join the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network. Once you are registered in the Network, you will be invited to participate in research, as studies arise. To participate in our upcoming survey with StrataVerve, please register by August 28. Questions? Contact info [at] sca-aware [dot] org.

We applaud this statement urging all schools to teach CPR

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation applauds the European Patient Safety Foundation, the European Resuscitation Council, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists, and the World Health Organization for urging schools worldwide to teach students CPR. The statement follows:

National CPR-AED Awareness Week: 7 Things You Should Know About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting about 326,200 people of all ages outside hospitals every day. Dave Goldberg, CEO of Survey Monkey and husband of Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, was one of its recent victims.

During this week alone, about 6,250 unsuspecting victims will suffer SCA, most of them (70 percent) at home. Their hearts will unexpectedly stop beating and blood will no longer flow to the brain and throughout the body. They will collapse, stop breathing normally, and may appear to be having seizures. In essence, they will be dead -- and they will stay this way unless bystanders act immediately to restore their heartbeats with CPR and defibrillation.

CPR, AEDs Save Lives

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.

Florida Supreme Court Narrowly Limits AED Immunity Protections and Finds There May be a Duty to Use School-Based AEDs

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. 

Help Save the Rural AED Program!

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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Support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. Go Shopping.Shopping online this holiday season? Please consider shopping at AmazonSmile and the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, every time you shop, at no cost to you. 

Loss of a Survivor and Champion

Jim BaumJim 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.

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. 

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]

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Mission & Vision

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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