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Take a Step for Survival on May 16th

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will be participating in the Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday, May 16th in Pittsburgh. The national nonprofit organization, based in Pittsburgh, has participated in the walk since 2011.

The 5K walk is an initiative spearheaded by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to help nonprofit organizations raise funds to support their causes. Highmark underwrites all the expenses associated with the walk so that every dollar raised for a nonprofit goes directly to that organization. 

ZOLL ResQCPR System Receives Premarket Approval from the FDA

First and Only CPR Device to Show Improved Survival in Adults with Non-traumatic Cardiac Arrest

CHELMSFORD, MA--ZOLL® Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, today announced that the company’s ResQCPR™ System has been granted premarket approval (PMA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market and begin U.S. distribution of the CPR adjunct system. The technology, which has been shown to improve the likelihood of survival in adult patients with non-traumatic cardiac arrest, is expected to be commercially available in mid-2015.

FDA Approves CPR Devices That May Increase Chance of Surviving Cardiac Arrest

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the ResQCPR System, a system of two devices for first responders to use while performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on people whose hearts stop beating (cardiac arrest). The devices may improve the patient’s chances of surviving cardiac arrest.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 300,000 Americans experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year. CPR is an emergency procedure that can be life-saving for people in cardiac arrest. During this procedure, rescuers manually compress the patient’s chest and manually ventilate the lungs to keep blood oxygenated and circulating until the heart and breathing restart—or until the rescuers can apply advanced life-saving techniques, such as defibrillation. If provided immediately after cardiac arrest, this standard CPR procedure increases a patient’s chance of survival. 

Hank Gathers' Legacy

CORVALLIS, OR--Tom Fregoso's eyes bore in on his HP laptop. As he watched video clips and read articles, the Oregon State men's basketball trainer confronted the painful images he can never forget.  

It was about 9 a.m. Wednesday. Soon enough, he would stretch out players, tape ankles, massage calves -- whatever needed tending before the Civil War that night.

But in those quiet moments alone in the OSU practice facility, Fregoso revisited the details of the March 4, 1990, tragedy at Gersten Pavilion: The crowd's piercing silence when Hank Gathers collapsed near midcourt. The four or five minutes Fregoso performed CPR. The sinking feeling he had seeing the Loyola Marymount star loaded onto an ambulance.

Research Shows More Americans Expect to Find AEDs in a Wide Range of Locations

Harris Interactive national survey documents significant increases in locations where the American public expects lifesaving equipment to be found when sudden cardiac arrest strikes

PHILADELPHIA, PA--CardioReady, a leader in helping organizations prevent fatalities from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), today announced the results of the second annual installment of a national survey, which it commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct. The February 2015 results confirm large increases in Americans' expectations regarding the presence of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in a broad array of locations.

Los Angeles Fire Department Partners with PulsePoint Foundation


The Los Angeles Fire Department has joined with the PulsePoint Foundation and The Wireless Foundation to bring life-saving technology to Angelenos via PulsePoint, a mobile app designed to increase citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond a traditional “witnessed” area and engage them in potentially life-saving CPR. 

How a Smart Phone App Can Help You Save a Life

When someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest, they need immediate help. That’s because the chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest drops 10 percent for every minute that passes before they receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

A smartphone app called PulsePoint Respond aims to solve that problem by connecting people struck by sudden cardiac arrest with the people who can give them help during the time it takes for emergency medical service (EMS) workers to arrive.

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions and becomes irregular. The heart beats dangerously fast and blood is not distributed to the body. In the first few minutes, blood flow to the brain may be reduced so drastically that a person loses consciousness. Death follows unless treatment is begun immediately.

Brown’s Resolution Deeming ‘AED Awareness Week in Pennsylvania’ Approved by House

HARRISBURG – In an effort to raise awareness about the positive and life-saving benefits automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) can provide, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) sponsored House Resolution 104, establishing Feb. 22-28, as “AED Awareness Week in Pennsylvania.” Brown organized an AED training seminar at the Capitol earlier today run by John and Rachel Moyer, before her resolution was unanimously passed by the House. 

Dr. Jonathan Drezner Leads Discussion on SCA at USA Football National Conference

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--Injury data and research for youth sports make national headlines on a regular basis, but certain injuries or causes are highlighted while others are not put in the limelight.

Recently, education about sudden cardiac arrest has been brought to the forefront of youth sports and for a simple reason – sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 cause of death in youth and teen athletes while participating in sports.

Dr. Jonathan Drezner, professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington, a team physician for the Seattle Seahawks and a member of the USA Football Medical Advisory Committee, led the discussion on this topic for the 600-plus youth and high school football leaders at the 2015 USA Football National Conference in Indianapolis this past weekend.

“Any child who collapses and is unresponsive on the playing field should be assumed to be in cardiac arrest until proven otherwise,” Drezner said.

California Bill to Require Defibrillators in New Buildings

SACRAMENTO, CA--Most new buildings in California with an occupancy greater than 200 people would be required to stock electronic devices used to stop cardiac arrest under a new bill.

Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, planned to introduce the bill, SB 287, during a news conference today in San Diego. It would require automated external defibrillators (AEDs) be present in structures built after Jan. 1, 2016. Cities, including San Diego, have already passed similar laws for new buildings.

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