October 18th, 2019

He Used CPR in an Emergency – Then He Became the Emergency

Joe Farrell went to retrieve an errant golf ball when he came upon another player on the ground not breathing. The man’s golfing partner was attempting CPR but not performing it properly.

Joe, a physical therapist, took over. He made sure 911 was called before starting chest compressions. Paramedics arrived and revived the man after several shocks from an automated external defibrillator.

“It was absolutely a big moment in my life and a very humbling event,” Joe said.

October 14th

To Increase Survival Rates Nationally, Cardiac Arrest Registry Expands Reach Through Public-Private Collaboration

ATLANTA, GA--The Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) program, the largest registry in the U.S. and internationally that collects data on survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA), is expanding its reach with a goal of including all 50 states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia in its registry, thanks to additional and new support from a public-private collaboration.

October 7th

Call-Push-Shock: A National Movement

The Call-Push-Shock campaign, co-sponsored by Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, members of the National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Collaborative, aims to encourage organizations to speak in one voice in an effort to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and help save more lives.

National Experts Call on the American Public to Recognize Public Health Crisis and Take Action During National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Thousands of lives could be saved each year if more people prepare to act against this leading killer, according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

October 1st

Bystanders May Hesitate to Perform CPR for Fear of Causing Harm

People who witness a cardiac arrest may be reluctant to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and their reasons shed light on how CPR training and public awareness can be improved, researchers say.

The most common reason people gave for being reluctant to perform CPR is worry about causing additional injuries, the researchers report in Emergency Medicine Journal.

Other concerns included fearing their skills were inadequate and reluctance to remove a female victim’s shirt.

September 25th

Check Your AED. Is It FDA Approved?

Today, the FDA updated the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) webpage to provide a list of FDA-approved AEDs. AEDs can be highly effective in saving the lives of people suffering cardiac arrest when used in the first few minutes following collapse from cardiac arrest.

September 24th

Kentucky Office of Rural Health Awarded Grant to Improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates in Rural Counties

HAZARD, KY--The Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) has been awarded a three-year, $750,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to improve out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest survival rates among residents of rural counties served by the state’s 27 designated critical access hospitals. The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health, in Hazard, serves as the federally-designated KORH.      

September 21st

Delirium after cardiac arrest

Hi, my sister had a cardiac arrest after a half marathon 6 weeks ago. She’s been doing really well, but she’s still pretty confused. Her main issues are her short term memory but what is disturbing her more are thoughts that her children have died or she has cancer. It’s quite hard to convince her otherwise and is distressing for her. Did anyone else experience this sort of thing and what did you find helpful with memory retraining? Many Thanks Rebecca

September 16th

With School Back in Session, 26,000 More Toronto Students to be Empowered to Save Lives

CPR demo in schools

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- With school back in session, 26,000 more Toronto high school students will be trained this year in lifesaving skills by their teachers as part of their Grade 9 Physical Education and Health curriculum, resulting in a legion of lifesavers at school and in the community.

The ACT Foundation has set up the high school CPR training program in all high schools in both the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Teachers are trained as CPR instructors for their students and empower more than 26,000 students each year, with 450,000 Toronto students trained in CPR to date. ACT is also helping high schools add the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training to the CPR program for students through the donation of training equipment to schools and teacher training.  

September 15th

Optimized Placement of Defibrillators May Improve Cardiac Arrest Outcomes

WASHINGTON, DC--Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are often placed in areas of low risk and may be unavailable during certain times of the day. Determining the optimal location for AEDs may lead to increased defibrillation by bystanders and increased survival in those experiencing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), according to research published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The use of publicly accessible AEDs is associated with significantly better outcomes in patients experiencing OHCA as long as they are available during a time of need.

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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