Archive - 2009

Archive - 2009

November 16th

A Perfect Storm of Good Fortune

Jim Niskanen, Modesto, CA –  (2008)

August 25, 2008 could have been a delightful day for Jim Niskanen. Two days earlier he arrived at the picturesque and luxurious Oglebay Resort and Conference Center outside Wheeling, West Virginia. Oglebay is the largest self-sustaining public resort in the USA, and includes a conference center, three golf courses and a zoo.

November 12th

Cardiac Science Notifies AED Customers of Nationwide Voluntary Medical Device Correction

BOTHELL, WA– Cardiac Science is initiating a voluntary field correction after it was
determined certain automated external defibrillators (AEDs) may experience a
rare product issue in which the AED may not be able to deliver therapy during a
resuscitation attempt. Device failure may affect resuscitation of the patient,
which could lead to serious adverse events or death. These AEDs have electronic
components which may fail and the failure may not be detected by the device's
periodic self-tests. The affected models include the Powerheart 9300A, 9300C,
9300D, 9300E, 9300P, 9390A, 9390E, and CardioVive 92531, 92532, and 92533
devices.

November 10th

PA House Passes Resolution to Raise Awareness About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Pittsburgh–The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today adopted a resolution designating November 2009 Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. House Resolution 521 was introduced on November 5 by Representative Mike Turzai, 28th Legislative District, along with 69 co-sponsors. The resolution passed unanimously 198-0.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is an often misunderstood medical
condition,” said Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), House Republican Whip. “This
treatable condition leads to more deaths annually than breast cancer, prostate
cancer, colorectal cancer and AIDS combined. The more attention we bring to this issue, the more lives
will be saved.  It was my honor to
sponsor a Pennsylvania House of Representatives resolution designating November
as Pennsylvania Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.”

November 5th

SCA Foundation Announces Winners of Fall Video Contest

Larry Pontbriant
In Honor of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, Foundation Donates AEDs to Winning Schools

Pittsburgh, Penn. – The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today announced the winners of its second video awareness contest. The student competition drove teams from across the country to submit videos about the impact of sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use, empowering students and communities to make a difference in helping to save lives.

The Grand Prize Winner is Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut, with their inspiring video “How to Save a Life,” which tells the story of Larry Pontbriant, a fellow student recently lost to sudden cardiac arrest. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will award the school with a new AED, three CPR Anytime™ kits, and a Nintendo Wii game system. The school intends to share their winnings with others in the community.



November 4th

SCA Foundation Announces Winners of Video Awareness Contest

In Honor of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, Foundation Donates AEDs to Winning Schools

Pittsburgh, Penn. – The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today announced the winners of its second video awareness contest. The student competition drove teams from across the country to submit videos about the impact of sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use, empowering students and communities to make a difference in helping to save lives.

The Grand Prize Winner is Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut, with their inspiring video “How to Save a Life,” which tells the story of Larry Pontbriant, a fellow student recently lost to sudden cardiac arrest. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will award the school with a new AED, three CPR Anytime™ kits, and a Nintendo Wii game system. The school intends to share their winnings with others in the community.



October 29th

College Athlete Saved by Coach

Chicago–College athletes are not supposed to have to worry about going into cardiac arrest, but it happened to a 20-year-old from Chicago.

 On October 15, the first day of practice for the women’s basketball team, Elizabeth Pearlman from Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, collapsed.

 “To stand here is moving, emotional, I’m so glad to be back,” Pearlman said, choking back tears.

 More: http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/athlete_gets_a_second_chance_at_life

 



October 27th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

October has been filled with activities around the country to raise awareness and help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. Here are some things we've been up to:

Celebrated my 7 year re-birthary

Sept. 19, 2009 - 7 years of survival.  It's hard to believe 7 years have passed since my SCA.  I've had my ICD battery replaced once, and *knock on wood* it has only fired twice - both times within weeks of being implanted in 2002.  My EF has been 50% for the past 6 years -normal!  It had been down to 35% in the beginning, after a bout with pericarditis which led to my SCA.

Thank you all for sharing your stories of survival.  It's almost like sharing stories of children's births - not one is exactly like the other.  I continue to fight to get more AEDs in my workplace.  Currently, we only have one in our 9 story building.  NOT ENOUGH!  If I had my way, we'd have one on each floor.

Well, thanks for listening.  Take care and best wishes to all.

Chris

SCA Foundation Offers Awareness and Discovery Ceremony at School in Salisbury, Maryland

St. Francis de Sales Catholic School Recognized for Winning Video

SALISBURY­–The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today will honor Saint Francis de Sales Catholic School in Salisbury, Maryland, for winning the Foundation’s first video awareness contest. The school will be awarded the grand prize--a new automated external defibrillator (AED). See www.sca-aware.org to view the winning video.

October 23rd

Raising Awareness at the World Series

Baseball fans attending the World Series and fans in all MLB markets nationwide will have an opportunity to learn about sudden cardiac arrest as they look through their MLB World Series souvenir programs. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has placed a full page ad in the program that begins, “With sudden cardiac arrest, it’s one strike and you’re out. Game over.” The ad was underwritten by Physio-Control Corporation and ZOLL Medical Corporation, proud sponsors of the SCA Foundation.

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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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