Archive - 2008

Archive - 2008

September 25th

FAA to Install Defibrillators in Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced it will install automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all agency facilities with 50 or more employees during the next year.

“Our focus on aviation safety includes the safety and well-being of our own employees. The unexpected and sudden moments in which defibrillation can be effective require quick thought and decisive action — traits the FAA workforce is famous for,” said FAA Acting Administrator Robert A. Sturgell. “Together our labor groups and FAA management have made a very positive step to ensure our employees have enhanced safety in the workplace, and I applaud all parties for bringing this about.”

Sturgell also singled out Rep. John Kline of Minnesota for his continuing interest in bringing AEDs to FAA facilities.

September 24th

Bystander Intervention Can Mean the Difference Between Life and Death

September 24, 2008--An analysis of emergency medical services-treated cardiac arrest outcomes in 10 areas in North America finds a five-fold difference in survival rates, according to a study in the Sept. 24 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Arthur B. Sanders and Dr. Karl B. Kern of The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center write that "this wide variability in outcome emphasizes the pressing need for each community to first ‘know its numbers,' then concentrate on improving survival rates by focusing on locally identified problem areas within the chain of survival.

September 22nd

Saving Lives More Efficiently: Cardiac Arrest Study May Help EMS Crews and ERs

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When someone's heart suddenly stops beating -- a condition called cardiac arrest -- there's a lot that bystanders and ambulance crews can do to get it started
again. But if the victim doesn't respond, when should such efforts stop?

And when should emergency crews rapidly transport a patient to a hospital with lights and sirens on, potentially endangering the lives of paramedics and other motorists and pedestrians -- even though the care
provided by the emergency crew is the same as what can be provided in the emergency department?

September 21st

New Research: Americans Underestimate Dangers of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

WASHINGTON, DC — Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) claims more lives each year than breast cancer, lung cancer or AIDS, yet according to a new Heart Rhythm Society survey, four out of five Americans vastly underestimate the severity of this serious public health issue that causes more than 250,000 deaths each year. In response to these startling statistics, the Heart Rhythm Society is calling attention to the need for more public education and research, as well as wider access to life-saving SCA treatments during the first ever Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month in October.

Resolution to Name October SCA Awareness Month Passes in Senate

A concurrent resolution supporting the goals and ideals of “National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month,” S. Con. Res. 93: A concurrent resolution expresses support for the goals and ideals of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, first introduced on July 15, 2008, was passed in the Senate today.

Sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan [D-ND] and co-sponsored by Sen. Robert Bennett [R-UT], Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH], Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME], Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID], and Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL], the legislation is designed to focus the nation on a leading cause of death in the U.S.: sudden cardiac arrest.

September 10th

AED Recall

Physio Control, Inc., has issued a recall of LifePak CR Plus Automated External Defibrillators (AED), used by emergency or medical personnel to treat adults in cardiopulmonary arrest. The product was recalled because the AED instructs the responder by voice prompts to press the shock button which is not visible because it is covered, thereby making the responder unable to provide shock therapy. The AED device should be removed from service or the manufacturer-provided diagram should be consulted to remove and discard the shock button cover.
 

Read the entire 2008 MedWatch Safety Summary, including a link to the manufacturer's Recall Notice regarding this issue: Click here.

ACTION ALERT: Please Urge Your Legislators to Designate October as SCA Awareness Month

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, along with other members of the SCA Coalition, urges you to help raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) by contacting your Legislators and asking them to co-sponsor House Concurrent Resolution 393 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 93  supporting the establishment of October as yearly “National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.” The legislation was introduced by Sen. Chip Pickering (R-MS) yesterday.

September 9th

He's No April Fool

Bradford Summers, Orlando, FL – 49 at time of event (2008)

Bradford Summers Brad Summers is a highly trained emergency flight nurse. It is not uncommon for him to emergently transport cardiac and trauma patients to hospitals designed to provide the highest level of care. He knows all about cardiac emergencies (Code Stemi’s), and knows the telltale signs.

It was April 1st, and Brad was at the gym exercising, when he realized he was in trouble. “I experienced sudden onset of left-sided chest pain, radiating up into the neck and jaw, and down the left arm, with left arm numbness.”

September 4th

Serendipity or God's Grace?

Kevin McCullen, Richland, WA – 52 at time of event (2008)  - now DECEASED

Kevin McCullen

A nuclear hazard, a pet sitter and an anonymous bystander all conspired to save Kevin. Without the nearby Hanford Nuclear reservation, Brad Jackson, a hazardous materials training instructor, would not have been driving by. We don’t know anything about the bystander, except that it was their call that brought the EMTs. The bystander, however, didn’t do anything else! And the pet sitter? Well, she was able to identify the victim, by recognizing the dog of course!

September 2nd

This Picture Man Was No Sight To See.

Bob Palmer, Portland, OR – 65 at time of event (2008)

Bob had returned from a three-day conference on the Oregon Coast, enjoying the sunsets and luxurious accommodations. He had completed his usual daily walk around Mt Tabor, an extinct volcano, with his camera, and was eagerly downloading the pictures into Photoshop on his computer when he fell off his chair, face first onto the kitchen floor. The floor was not kind to his face.

Like so many of his age group Bob does suffer from high blood pressure, and had done for many years without any adverse effects. Until that Tuesday evening in July.

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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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