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Retailers Do Not Have to Keep a Defibrillator On-Site, Says California Court

Decision called troubling by Judge Harry Pregerson. "Defibrillators are crucial to the survival of sudden cardiac-arrest victims,” were formerly sold by Target for $1,200, and, according to one study, can be used effectively by untrained sixth-graders. He said on-site defibrillators are particularly useful in big-box stores, because of the time it would take for an outside medical crew to navigate the premises. He also noted that Oregon requires large retailers to keep the devices available.

Retail stores in California have no duty to keep defibrillators on hand in case a customer suffers (sudden cardiac arrest), a federal appeals court said Tuesday, accepting the legal analysis of the state Supreme Court.

NIH and CDC Announce Grantees for the Sudden Death in the Young Registry

The NIH and CDC has announced awards to 10 grantees for the Sudden Death in the Young Registry. Six are current or former grantees from the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Registry: Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Wisconsin. Four are new grantees: Delaware, Tennessee, the city of San Francisco and the Tidewater region of Virginia.

Grants were awarded on September 30, 2014. After a period of training and preparation, the grantees will begin reviewing cases in January 2015.  After obtaining consent, information gathered through Child Death Review and advanced clinical review will be entered into a database managed by the Michigan Public Health Institute and DNA samples will be stored at a biorepository.

Alternate Approach to Traditional CPR Saves Lives

Use of ECMO during CPR improves outcomes

A new study shows that survival and neurological outcomes for patients in cardiac arrest can be improved by adding extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) when performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The study abstract was released today in an online supplement of the journal CHEST and will be presented at CHEST 2014, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in Austin, Texas held October 25-30.

Despite advances in medical care, less than 20% of people who experience a cardiac arrest make a full recovery. An alternate approach to traditional CPR is the use of ECMO during CPR (E-CPR), which provides immediate cardiovascular support when traditional methods fail. E-CPR has been used increasingly in an attempt to improve outcomes after cardiac arrest.

Paul Zoll, MD: The Pioneer Whose Discoveries Prevent Sudden Death

A New Biography by Stafford Cohen MD

Paul Zoll, MDThrough carefully documented historical analysis, Dr. Stafford Cohen presents a panoramic view of Paul Zoll (1911-1999) and his discoveries that were the ancestors of life saving implements commonly used today. This biography positions Zoll as the leading pioneer in preventing and treating life-threatening heart arrhythmias. His innovations changed the field. Zoll was the first in the world to electrically pace or defibrillate an arrested heart from the surface of the chest; the first in the world to alarm clinical cardiac monitors; the first USA coronary care unit used Zoll’s machines. He assisted in implanting the world’s second long term fully-contained pacemaker—which he helped to develop.  

Heart Rate May Predict Survival and Brain Function in Comatose Cardiac Arrest Survivors

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND--Researchers may have developed a way to potentially assist prognostication in the first 24 hours after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) when patients are still in a coma. Their findings are revealed today at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2014 by Dr. Jakob Hartvig Thomsen from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Acute Cardiovascular Care is the annual meeting of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and takes place 18-20 October in Geneva, Switzerland.

Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Poor Brain Function After Cardiac Arrest Sevenfold

Lack of vitamin D also increases mortality

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND--Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of poor brain function after sudden cardiac arrest by seven-fold, according to research presented at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2014 by Dr. Jin Wi from Korea. Vitamin D deficiency also led to a higher chance of dying after sudden cardiac arrest.

Acute Cardiovascular Care is the annual meeting of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and takes place 18-20 October in Geneva, Switzerland.

Atrus Adds Four New Locations to AED Link(TM) Services

Cities in Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia and North Carolina now have systems to support 9-1-1 dispatchers, to locate AEDs to enhance cardiac arrest survival.

DELRAY BEACH, FL-- Developers of the AED Linksystem, Atrus, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of four new EMS systems for AED Link.  Recently added to the Atrus’ AED Link service include: Norwood, OH; Metro Louisville, KY; Sandy Springs, GA; and Caldwell County, NC. These communities will now have AED Link systems to support 9-1-1 dispatchers, helping them locate lifesaving automated external defibrillators (AED) in closest proximity to sudden cardiac arrest victims.

Living Near Major Roads May Increase Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Women

Study Highlights

  • Living near a major road was associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death in women.

  • Environmental exposure may increase heart disease risk as much as smoking, poor diet or obesity.

DALLAS, TX--Living close to a major road may increase women’s risk of dying from sudden cardiac death, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Everett Fire Department Posts Record Save Rates in CPR

EVERETT, WA--If you have the unfortunate need for CPR, Everett, WA is among the best places to be in the country when that happens. Eric Hicks at Everett Fire released a report this week showing Everett Fire is tops in Snohomish County when it comes to saving people needing CPR.

The Everett Fire Department posted record save rates for cardiac arrests in 2013. Of the Everett Fire patients that suffered a witnessed sudden cardiac arrest last year, 66 percent were released from the hospital with only minor neurological impairment, or no impairment at all. This is three times higher than the national average and is the highest posted survival rate in Snohomish County.

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