Archive - 2010

Archive - 2010

October 29th

University of Florida Football Player's Death Caused by Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac arrest killed Lamar Abel, a young man from Sunrise who played on the 2008 University of Florida national championship football team, authorities recently concluded.

There was no evidence of foul play when Abel, 21, died unexpectedly in Gainvesville on May 22, police said. But officials had been waiting for a medical examiner's report, which was finished this month and formally determined Abel died of "natural/sudden cardiac arrest," Gainesville Police Cpl. Tscharna Senn said in an e-mail Wednesday to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

UF players have kept paying tribute since Abel's death, including during the Oct. 2 game against Alabama. That's when Gators defensive tackle Jaye Howard wore Abel's number, 62, instead of his usual No. 6.

Making SCA a Reportable Condition

A Public Policy Change That Could Improve Survival

by Mary Newman

Sudden unexpected cardiac arrest occurring outside the hospital (OHCA) strikes 295,000 Americans of all ages each year (1). Unfortunately, OHCA survival rates have languished at a dismal 7% for decades (2). OHCA is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind all cancers and other heart conditions (3).

A vast body of research has proven that certain critical interventions profoundly improve the odds of neurologically intact survival and minimize future life-threatening risks. These include the following:

October 25th

One in Three Survives in Thomasville, Georgia, Thanks to New Device

THOMASVILLE, GA-- Thomas County Emergency Medical Service Co-Director Tim Coram reported to the Board of Commissioners today, Oct 26, that due to the use of new equipment, cardiac arrest survival rates in Thomas County have increased significantly. The new equipment, known as a “Lucas 2 Device” was put into use in April 2010. At that time, Lucas devices were placed in all 5 front line ambulances operated by Thomas County. In 2009, Thomas County EMS transported 37 cardiac arrest patients with a survival rate of 18.9%. So far, in 2010 with the Lucas device in service, EMS transported 44 cardiac arrest patients with a survival rate of 32.0%. Captain Coram stated, “When the proposal to purchase the Lucas devices was made to the Board of Commissioners, we told you it would save more lives and that prediction has proven true.”

October 21st

Two Trials to Study Use of Hypothermia in Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Patients

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Two Trials to Study Use of Hypothermia in Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Patients

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is funding the first large scale, multi-center study to help determine the best treatment for children who are successfully resuscitated after a cardiac arrest.

The study, entitled “Therapeutic Hypothermia after Pediatric Cardiac Arrest (THAPCA)”, will evaluate whether regulating the body temperature will improve the outcome for children after cardiac arrest. There is a separate study for children who arrest in the hospital (THAPCA-IH) and children who arrest out of the hospital (THAPCA-OH).

The goal of these two trials is to determine if therapeutic hypothermia improves survival with good neurobehavioral outcome in children who have had a cardiac arrest.

October 18th

New AHA Guidelines Call for C-A-B

The American Heart Association is re-arranging the ABCs of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in its 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Recommending that chest compressions be the first step for lay and professional rescuers to revive victims of sudden cardiac arrest, the association said the A-B-Cs (Airway-Breathing-Compressions) of CPR should now be changed to C-A-B (Compressions-Airway-Breathing).

Today is the day...

Today is the day on which the 2010 changes to the BLS protocols are to be announced. The rampant speculation is that the ratio of compressions to rescue breaths will change (go up) for full CPR and that the applicability of compression-only CPR will be expanded.
In the midst of all this focus on the specific numbers - particularly for us who have training materials to modify - it is important to realize that the getting trained / non getting trained and act / don't act decisions are far more important than the updating of the details of the protocol. And this becomes more relevant when you recall that the victim you see arrest is most likely to be a family member, a friend, or an acquaintance.

October 17th

SCA Foundation Announces Fall Video Contest

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced its Fall Video Contest. This year, the SCA Foundation is partnering with the Citizen CPR Foundation to conduct its Fall 2010 Video Contest. Unlike the SCA Foundation’s previous video contests, this one is open to all interested parties, not just students.

SCA Foundation Announces Fall Video Contest

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced its Fall Video Contest. This year, the SCA Foundation is partnering with the Citizen CPR Foundation to conduct its Fall 2010 Video Contest. Unlike the SCA Foundation’s previous video contests, this one is open to all interested parties, not just students. Videos or public service announcements (PSAs) must be 90 seconds or less in duration and should aim to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and emergency cardiovascular care, including CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The deadline is November 18. Winners will be announced Dec. 8-10 during the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, a biennial conference of the Citizen CPR Foundation.

October 13th

Give Today and Your Gift Will Go Further

Gifts made on October 13 should be made at www.pittsburghgives.org

We need your help. In the next 24 hours, more than 800 unsuspecting people from across the United States will collapse suddenly and become the latest victims of sudden cardiac arrest. On average, only 7 percent of them will survive.

We find this unacceptable, especially when some communities have achieved survival rates of 38 percent or more. That's whywe at the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation are working hard every day to raise awareness and save lives. We envision a day when survival from sudden cardiac arrest will be the norm, rather than the exception.

Our mission is "to raise awareness and support programs that give 'ordinary' people the power to save a life." What are we working on? Here are just a few examples. So far, we have…

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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