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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges FDA to Reconsider Reclassification of AEDs

The Food and Drug Administration is in the process of reclassifying "pre-amendment class III devices," including automated external defibrillators (AEDs). This proposed increase in regulations will have significant public health consequences, due to reduced access to early defibrillation for the nation's victims of sudden cardiac arrest. If regulatory hurdles increase, access to lifesaving treatment with AEDs will decrease. Following is our letter to the FDA.

We urge you to express your concerns to the FDA as soon as possible, before a determination is made. Sign this petition. Or use the sample letter below.

More coverage: Journal of Emergency Medical Services


If people listen to Dr. George Lundberg, it will be very unfortunate for future victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

Life's Wonderful Moments and Milestones

An important date in my life is just around the corner. Every year on June 2, my wife, Lis, and I remember, reflect and celebrate. No, it is not the date I was brought into the world, our wedding anniversary or a holiday. It is the date that, in 1999, I sufferedand survivedsudden cardiac death. Lis calls it my “rebirthday.”

Will High Profile Cases of SCA Suffered by Athletes Help Raise Awareness?

Fabrice Muamba, 23, a British soccer player, suffered sudden cardiac arrest on March 17, and was clinically dead for 78 minutes before being resuscitated. He has since recovered and was discharged from the hospital on April 16. Whether or not he will continue as a footballer has yet to be decided. For now, he wants to spend precious time with his family.

Piermario MorosiniOn April 14, Italian soccer player Piermario Morosini, 25, suffered SCA during a match. Unfortunately, he could not be resuscitated.

New Law Highlights Need to Use AEDs When Indicated

Andrew Roszak, JD, MPA, EMT-P, a nationally recognized expert on AED law and a member of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Advisory Board, highlights an important development in his article, "If an AED is legislatively mandated, is there a duty to use it?"

He describes a new law which is the first to impose an affirmative duty on AED owners.

"Entities with AEDs should be aware of this development in AED law," says Roszak. "AEDs should be utilized in any situation in which they are indicated. Otherwise, the responder or business may end up having to defend a lawsuit and explain why the device was not used."

Read more here.


No Wins, Too Many Losses

Football Deaths Should Be A Wake-Up Call for Parents and Other High School Stakeholders

What do high school football players Tyquan Brantley, 14, of South Carolina, Donaterio J. (D.J.) Searcy, 16, of Georgia, Isaiah Laurencin, 16, of Florida, Samuel Gitt, 17, of Pennsylvania, and high school football coach Wade McClain, 55, of Texas have in common? They all reached the end zone far too soon—crushed by a formidable opponent, sudden cardiac arrest.

Late summer’s brutal heat was said to be a factor in most of these recent deaths—temperatures have been among the warmest on record.

My Story: 12 Years After I Survived Sudden Death

Like George Yamalis, I had a very personal reason for joining the Foundation’s team at this year’s Highmark Walk for Healthy Community. Today, June 2, is the 12th anniversary of my frightening and eye-opening experience with sudden cardiac death.

I was fortunate on that day in 1999 to be among people who were alert enough to immediately call EMTs to the scene and even luckier that a fire department team was only minutes away with defibrillators that re-started my heart and ultimately saved my life. No AED was available at the scene of my event. 

While I held down the fort at the Foundation tent, my wife, Lis, walked with the Foundation team because we believe that more lives can be saved if everyone becomes aware that AEDs are not a conveniences in airports, malls, schools, sports facilities and other public places, they are A Must!

What Are You Doing for National CPR-AED Awareness Week?

National CPR-AED Awareness Week June 1-7 is set aside each year to raise awareness about the need for everyone to learn the essential life skills of CPR and AED use. In Reno, Nevada, people are learning about CPR and AEDs through sidewalk training events. In Tucson, Arizona folks are taking classes in chest-compression-only CPR. And CPR-AED skills will be advocated later this week at Six Flags/ Great Adventure in New Jersey.

What are you doing to help spread the word? Share your news here.

Remembering Hans Dahll

Today would have been Hans Dahll's 87th birthday. Hans was founding CEO of Laerdal Medical, Americas. Here is an article that was published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services when Hans died in March 2006.

To Sir With Love

Hans H. Dahll: A Personal Reflection

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Can Also Strike the Young


Emilie PuricelliEach year an estimated 325,000 people die in the United States from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  Of that number the Heart Rhythm Society estimates about 7,000 of these deaths are in children and infants.

On August 30th, 1997, my seemingly healthy 22 year old daughter, Emilie, died suddenly, in her sleep, from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

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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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