Archive - 2008

Archive - 2008

October 14th

Tennessee Senator Champions Value of AEDs

SOUTH PITTSBURG, TN–Tennessee Senator Bo Watson (R) spoke to a group at the Western Sizzlin’ on Thursday concerning his advocacy for legislation to implement the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in both the public and private sectors.

“It seems practical to me for legislation to utilize this technology and allow its use without liability. The common layperson should be asserted certain protection to use AEDs without the fear of a lawsuit,” Watson said. “Cities should allow people to use these devices without having a civil lawsuit on their hands.”

Rangers Prospect Dies During Game

October 14, 2008–NEW YORK–New York Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov died during a game in his native Russia on Monday night. He was 19.

The New York Post reported that Cherepanov suffered a heart attack* and collapsed on the bench during Avangard Omsk’s game against Vityav Chekhov.

Former Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr had just finished a shift with Cherepanov and was talking to him when the Russian suddenly collapsed.

TSN of Canada reported that medical officials attempted to get Cherepanov’s heart beating again. According to the web site, the ambulance that is normally at all games had already departed and had to be called back to the arena. The report stated that it took between “15 and 20 minutes” to transport Cherepanov from the arena to the hospital.

“They tried to get his heart started again but they couldn’t,” Omsk head coach Wayne Fleming told the web site.

October 11th

McDowell EMS Among First in North Carolina to Offer Therapeutic Hypothermia for SCA Victims

MARION, NC–McDowell's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is on the pulse of up-to-date treatments. Beginning today, they'll be using therapeutic hypothermia – big words for a relatively simple procedure that could greatly increase the quality of life for cardiac arrest patients.

In layman's terms, it involves lowering a person's body temperature once he's been resuscitated from cardiac arrest.
"The idea behind this concept is to preserve brain and neurological function," said EMS Director William Kehler, "and to preserve or maintain the quality of life of the individual."

According to a recent article in EMS magazine, out of 24,000 EMS agencies in the nation, only about 100 have adopted this protocol. McDowell will be among very few, possibly only two, in the state to use the procedure.

October 8th

An Inconvenient Beat

Sarah Zammett, Matoaca, VA, – 42 at time of event (2008)

Sarah ZammettSarah was saved in a house of God. It was her family’s church for generations; in fact her Great Grandfather founded the church in the 1880s. Sarah and her daughters were attending the first service that Sunday morning in April. “It was after the service, most everyone had gone, and my girls had gone on to Sunday school.” Sarah said she had stayed behind to discuss a new software program they were using for the services. “We were just standing around talking and I dropped.” Her pastor, who has many years experience as an EMT, and the local coach who teaches CPR, did not hesitate to act. Someone else called 9-1-1.

October 5th

Hypothermia An Important Tool In Arizona's Cardiac Arrest Centers

What if every patient who suffered an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest could have access to the same kind of specialized care found in a trauma center? Arizona is answering that question by becoming the first state to create a network of cardiac arrest centers, which draw on the concept of trauma centers to deliver standardized care to patients.

"There are things we can do to improve outcomes in [these] patients, but hospitals aren't doing them routinely," says Bentley Bobrow, MD, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz. and medical director for the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma System, Arizona Department of Health Services. "In a perfect world, I'd like every hospital to be able to deliver every state-of-the-art therapy, but staffing and finances make that impossible." That's where cardiac arrest centers come in.

It Just Takes Four

October 1st

Congress Declares October "National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month"

SCA Foundation to Celebrate by Honoring the Heroes Who Saved Maxwell King

October 1, 2008 – PITTSBURGH – Congress has declared October “National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month” in an effort to raise awareness about the nation’s leading cause of death. The resolution “calls upon the people of the U.S. to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.”

“We applaud Congress for taking this landmark action,” said David Belkin, Esq., of Bethesda, Maryland, a recent survivor of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation board member. “Thousands of lives will be saved every year as a result.”

The Foundation, a member of the SCA Coalition, which advocated for the legislation, will celebrate National SCA Awareness Month by hosting an awards reception on October 29th in Pittsburgh to honor the heroes who saved the life of national nonprofit leader, Maxwell King.

Illustration of a Perfect Save

Maxwell King, Latrobe, PA – 61 at time of event (November 1, 2006)

It was a chilly fall day in Pittsburgh. Maxwell King was walking from his home in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood to a meeting of foundation leaders at the Carnegie Museum of Art. As president of the Heinz Endowments and chairman of the national Council on Foundations, he had a lot of things on his mind. His impending death was not one of them.

September 29th

Cool It - Induced Hypothermia Targets Brain Injury

Hypothermia can kill. It most often afflicts people who have been shipwrecked or lost in the woods. It isn’t a treatment you would expect to receive in hospital. It is, however, becoming a common and useful method to prevent severe brain damage in patients that have suffered unconsciousness due a lack of oxygenated blood—such as those who have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.

This article shall explore the what, when, why and how, of this (relatively) new therapy.


The term is not that common, but usually understood by the general public. It comes from hypo - meaning below, and the Greek thermē - for heat. It describes a normally dangerous situation where the body temperature is lower than normal. (There is also another very similar word hyperthermia, which has the same origins, except hyper means beyond, and describes higher than normal body temperature.)

September 28th

Ontario Invests in Defibrillator Training for Youth

TORONTO, ON–The Government of Ontario is empowering youth to save lives through a major commitment to the ACT Foundation to support the establishment of defibrillator training in Ontario high schools.

A $1.4 million investment from the province will help the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation train teachers to teach students how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). It will support the placement of defibrillators in Ontario high schools and the purchase of mannequins and other training materials. An unprecedented number of young people will be trained through this initiative.  

“This is a valuable learning opportunity for students — and can help our communities. Young people who are trained and ready to act could save a life,” says Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.

September 26th

House Supports Resolution Naming October SCA Awareness Month

On Monday, the Senate passed S. Con. Res. 93 by unanimous consent, supporting the goals and ideals of "National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month." 

The House followed suit by passing H. Con. Res. 393 by a voice vote on Thursday.

Both Representatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Michael Burgess (R-TX) spoke in favor of the resolution. The  legislation is designed to focus the nation on a leading cause of death in the U.S.: sudden cardiac arrest.

The SCA Foundation is a member of the SCA Coalition, which has advocated for this legislation. The Foundation plans an awards dinner on October 29th to highlight National SCA Awareness Month.

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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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