Archive - May 12, 2011

Archive - May 12, 2011


Penn Researchers Host Meeting to Explore Systems Approach for Improving SCA Survival

PHILADELPHIA--Researchers from the Organizational Dynamics Program at the University of Pennsylvania hosted a meeting on April 29 designed to encourage participants to view survival from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurring outside hospitals from a perspective that challenges current thinking. Co-Chairs, Larry Starr, PhD, and Allan Braslow, PhD, described three ways to think about the world:

Call to Action: Ask Congress to Save the Rural and Community AED Program

Obama Proposes Eliminating Funds for Rural and Community AED Program

A victim’s chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) more than doubles with immediate CPR and early defibrillation with an AED.  Many rural areas and small communities cannot make the investment needed to protect their citizens from SCA. The federal government’s Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program can help those communities, but President Obama has proposed eliminating funding for this program. The Rural and Community AED Program helps rural areas and small communities by providing competitively awarded grants that allow states to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs), train lay rescuers and first responders in their use, and place them in public areas where sudden cardiac arrests are likely to occur.

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