Archive - 2008

Archive - 2008

November 6th

Emergency Physicians Reveal Strategies for Improving SCA Survival Rates

Physicians Rank Increased Bystander CPR, Faster Patient-to-Doctor Time, Data Collection and Technology as Critical Improvement Areas in Resuscitation

Washington, D.C. – A new State of Resuscitation survey released today by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) finds an overwhelming majority (90 percent) of the emergency physicians surveyed believe that resuscitation practices in the United States are not very effective. Emergency physicians cite increased bystander CPR, faster patient-to-doctor time, improved data collection and sharing, and greater use of technology as critical to improving resuscitation for victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

November 4th

The Treadmill Doesn't Stop

Mark Storace, Rocklin, CA – 46 at time of event (2007)

Mark StoraceIt was just another Tuesday afternoon in August. I am lucky enough in my job to be able to telecommute from home once a week. It was a fairly busy day taking conference call meetings and working on project tasks.

November 3rd

An Ironman After All

Scott Berens, Austin, TX – 27 at time of event (2008)

 Scott & Amanda BerensScott has the nickname ironman because he was continually partaking in extreme sports and athletic activities. Well, Scott can now truly live up to the name; he has a bionic addition. It was not by choice, and might even cramp his style a little, not that he would willingly let that happen of course. You see he recently had an ICD fitted under his pectoral muscle. It is there to protect him from another cardiac arrest. He is one of the lucky few to have survived his first one.

A Lucky Women Saved by Women of Influence & Inspiration

Cathy Hall, Ontario, Canada– 44 at time of event (2005)

Cathy Hall In an effort to prevent a hotel reservation penalty, Cathy lived to actually stay in hospital. She had a terrible ache in her jaw and wanted to cancel the business trip. However the hotel would not accept the late cancellation. Cathy is so very glad her economic conscience forced her to attend the conference, because they had a defibrillator in that government building. Her intention to save her employer a hotel charge ended up saving her life instead!

Max's Champions' Night!~

Last Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, we witnessed a public "thank you" by the SCAF for saving a pretty special guy, Maxwell King.....a good friend of mine.  Many SCA survivors can say..."been there, done that" but seldom are what the original survivors called "champions" hailed publically.  As Martha Stewart would say "This is a good thing!" 

October 24th

A Happy Ending Song Man

Bill Isles, Duluth, MN – 41 at time of event (1993)

Bill Isles

Memorial day 1993, Bill went to sleep with a slight chest pain. It was nothing to worry about; he’d been practicing hurdles with his high-school track-star daughter that day and must have pulled a muscle. A few days later the pain returned, after a run. By the end of the week he didn’t feel healthy at all, and wandered into the local Walgreens to check his condition on their free blood-pressure machine. It was OK, but he decided to go home and lie down for while, instead of returning to the office.

October 22nd

SCA Foundation to Honor the Heroes Who Saved National Nonprofit Leader Maxwell King

October 29th event to feature rhythm and blues artist Jessica Lee

PITTSBURGH–October 22, 2008–The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will host an awards reception on October 29th in Pittsburgh to honor the heroes who saved the life of national nonprofit leader, Maxwell King. The date is significant because Congress recently declared October “National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month” in an effort to raise awareness about the nation’s leading cause of death.

Onorato Thanks St. Margaret Foundation for Donation of AEDs

PULSE has now placed more than 1,200 AEDs throughout Allegheny County and had its 60th save

PITTSBURGH–Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato today joined Allegheny County Sheriff Bill Mullen and Pittsburgh EMS Chief Bob McCaughan to thank St. Margaret Foundation President Matt Hughes for nine new automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The AEDs were presented through the Foundation’s PULSE program, which provides free AEDs to non-profit organizations, first-responders and government entities.

“The addition of the AEDs represents a vital step forward in protecting the victims of sudden cardiac arrest,” said Onorato. “Allegheny County government currently has 70 AEDs spread throughout our parks and buildings, in County Police cruisers, at housing authority sites, and Port Authority facilities. We’re grateful to St. Margaret Foundation and its PULSE program for presenting these AEDs at no cost to taxpayers.”

October 20th

When the Heart Stops, Breaths Can Be Bad - (Part 3 of our Hands-Only Series)

Following on from our previous discussions about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), it is important to understand the clinical evidence and arguments for changing the technique in sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) cases. This third article examines the reasoning and early studies in modifying resuscitation for witnessed cardiac arrest. In fact, it is these very data that prompted the AHA to issue a science advisory enhancing the 2005 CPR guidelines.

October 15th

Oh-Oh-Oh-Stayin' Alive!

LOS ANGELES–Finally, a reason to have lived through the 70s -- and another fine reason to relive one of disco's most enduring triumphs, the 1977 hit by the Brothers Gibb, "Stayin' Alive": it could save someone's life.

In performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation -- CPR -- the perfect rhythm is 100 compressions per minute, and done properly, it can triple a heart arrest victim's chances of survival. But how, when you're saving a life, do you achieve that ideal rhythm of life-saving compressions? Think "Stayin' Alive."

Medical students and physicians trained to perform CPR to the bouncing beat of "Stayin' Alive" maintained close to the ideal rhythm recommended by the American Heart Association for chest compressions during CPR, according to a study to be presented Oct. 27 at a Scientific Assembly of the American College of Emergency Physician's annual meeting.

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