Archive - Feb 2011

Archive - Feb 2011

February 24th

Yorkshire Air Ambulance Saves One of Their Own

Christopher Solomons Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom – 48 at time of event (2010)

Chris Solomons

As an emergency medical dispatcher for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Christopher Solomons had answered countless calls for help from people who'd witnessed someone collapse in sudden cardiac arrest.

Chris never expected he would become the one who needed help. While driving to work, Chris began having chest pain.
"I did not think much of it at the time, so I carried on driving to work," he says. Then his arm started to tingle, he began to sweat and the pain intensified. He tried to pull over and call for help, but his hands were spasming and he couldn't get the phone from his pocket. He stumbled into his office, where paramedics James Vine and Lee Davison quickly realized something was wrong.

February 23rd

Saved by a Vest

February 22nd

Rural AED Funding Cut from FY 2012 Budget

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges Citizens to Contact Their Legislators

Funding for the Rural Access to Emergency Devices (RAED) Grant Program has been excluded from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) FY 2012 budget, according to HRSA’s newly released “Congressional Justification for the Health Resources and Services Administration.” This is a decrease of $2.5 million from FY 2010.

The RAED Grant Program, which began in 2002, provides funds to community partnerships, which then purchase and distribute automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be placed in rural communities to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting 295,000 Americans each year. On average, only 7-8% survive. In communities that have rapid access to AEDs, the survival rate is 38%.

February 17th

We are going to have to do this ourselves.

There is a deadly phenomenon named 'commotio cordis'. It can occur when a person receives a hard blow to the chest at a certain time during the normal cardiac rhythm. This can happen in ice hockey, lacrosse, baseball, football, karate, or any sport where a hard blow to the chest can happen. It is so significant a problem that US Lacrosse adopted a position statement (www.uslacrosse.org/SportsScienceandSafety/PositionStatementonCommotioCor...) on it in 2008.

Barry J Maron, PhD, has been investigating the incidence of cardiac arrest via commotio cordis and has established a national registry to collect the data necessary to better understand the phenomenon. The registry data show an average frequency of occurrence of 17 instances per year with only about 12 percent of the victims surviving. Intuitively, it is highly unlikely that the registry has captured all instances. The problem is probably worse than reported.

February 14th

Second Time, He's the One Saved

Joe Farrell, San Francisco, CA – 56 at time of event (2008)

Joe Farrell

Joe knows CPR, as does his wife Edie. Most of his colleagues do as well. He is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, which requires CPR/AED professional training every two years to maintain licensure in the state of California. In August 2007, he saved a gentleman on the golf course in the Sierra Mountains. “You never think you’ll ever have to use those skills,” Joe said. “I knew exactly what to do.” he said with pride. “It was my first time, only time so far!”

February 13th

South Metro Fire 3rd Annual Sweet Heart's Ball

Last night Erika, Brent and I attended The South Metro Fire 3rd Annual Sweet Hearts ball. There were about 350 people in attendance in downtown Denver area. There was a silent auction and a live auction. This fund raiser is solely for the purpose of purchasing AEDs. I don't know how much was bid on the silent auction, but the live auction raised enough to buy 50 AEDs for Colorado schools!

February 11th

This happens every day, teammates, but...

...more often than not, the bystanders do no more than call 911 and another life is lost.

February 7th

Take a Step for Survival

Register for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. Virtual walkers welcome.

Causes of Death in the U.S.PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Now is the time to register to join the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday May 21 in downtown Pittsburgh. By walking with our team--or walking alongside our team virtually--you will not only support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, you'll be taking a step toward better health.

Take a Step for Survival

Register for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. Virtual walkers welcome.

Causes of Death in the U.S.PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Now is the time to register to join the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday May 21 in downtown Pittsburgh. By walking with our team--or walking alongside our team virtually--you will not only support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, you'll be taking a step toward better health.

February 2nd

Study: A Minority of Individuals Knows About AEDs and Would be Willing to Use One

Researchers Call for Widespread Information Campaigns

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands--Less than half (47%) of the people in a public place who have access to an automated external defibrillator (AED) would be willing to use it, according to Dutch researchers who surveyed 1,018 people from 38 nations. More than half (53%) were unable to recognize the device.

People waiting for someone else to help

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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