Archive - Sep 2011

Archive - Sep 2011

September 19th

What You Need to Know About “AED Failures”

AEDs save lives when they are properly maintained and used quickly by bystanders

A new study, “Analysis of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Device Failures Reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” published online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, requires attention and careful analysis.(1)  It should also serve as a reminder to program coordinators that device maintenance is fundamental to the success of every AED program.

PA Residents: Please Support PA HB 1610

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act (House Bill 1610), is slated to be voted on this month when the Pennsylvania Legislature comes back into session. The Act would require the education of coaches, trainers, student athletes, and parents about the symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) prior to participating in athletics. In addition, it ensures that children who show the symptoms of SCA prior to, during, or after an athletic activity are properly screened by a medical professional before being allowed to return to athletic activities.

Please see HB1610 and sample support e-mail (attached).

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Take a Stand Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest

2011 SCA Coalition Invitation

You Are Invited!

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition will host an event to raise awareness on Capitol Hill during National SCA Awareness Month in October. 

The event will take place at the Rayburn House Office Building foyer in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, October 26, from 4-6 pm. All interested parties are invited to attend. 

"Please help us show Congress we are taking a stand against sudden cardiac arrest," said Mary Newman, of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, who co-chairs the Coalition. For information, contact info [at] sca-aware [dot] org.

September 17th

Football player watches his team win after dying of a sudden cardiac arrest.

[ NB: There's more than a ten percent chance that you'll witness a family member or friend have a sudden cardiac arrest someday As you read the story below, think about how you will feel if that person stays dead because you didn't know what to do. Bob]

(from katc.com)

It's been four months since Breaux Bridge High School Sophomore Teddrick Lewis was on the football field. He went into cardiac arrest during a practice in May.

Teddrick is not playing ball anymore but Friday nights, he's back on the field with his team and he has his coaches to thank for it.

"Last thing I remember, I was on a helicopter," Teddrick recalled. "I was just hearing noise and breathing funny."

The Breaux Bridge sophomore collapsed on the field and became unresponsive. After that, his memory went hazy.
Coach Paul Broussard had just seconds to act.

"When we got to him, he was on his stomach so we rolled him over and our first thought was he was having a seizure," Coach Broussard said.

September 16th

The Data Are Yelling At Us!

Consider a few facts:

  • The Phoenix airport has a seventy-five percent survival rate for witnessed cardiac arrests. Last time I checked, Chicago's O'Hare and Atlanta's Hartsfield were around sixty percent. The CARES database reflects a twenty-seven percent average for all airports in participating communities.
  • Twenty-seven percent of the people who had a sudden cardiac arrest in a doctor's office survived...the same percentage as for the average airport.
  • Sixty-six percent of all sudden cardiac arrests happen in the home. Fifteen percent of the survivors in the Survivor Network had their arrests at home.

We know what it takes to make survivors out of sudden cardiac arrest victims:

  • Call for help (911)
  • Perform CPR immediately and without interruption
  • Defibrillate promptly
  • Prompt arrival of ALS Ambulance
  • Definitive care at the hospital

September 15th

Public Awareness About AEDs Discouragingly Low

Widespread public education campaigns needed

AMSTERDAM—Most laypersons are unfamiliar with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and would be unwilling to use them to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), according to Patrick Schober, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Public accessible AEDs are increasingly made available in highly frequented places, allowing coincidental bystanders to defibrillate with minimal delay if necessary. Although the public, as the largest and most readily available group of potential rescuers, is assigned a key role in this concept of "public" access defibrillation, it is unknown whether bystanders are sufficiently prepared.

September 14th

OK, the principal was right. Bug your principal to do the same, PLEASE!

15-Year-Old High School Football Player in Louisiana Saved with ZOLL AED Plus
Coaches and Team Practiced CPR Just Weeks Before Life-Saving Event

ZOLL Medical Corporation (Nasdaq GS: ZOLL), a manufacturer of resuscitation devices and related software solutions, reported today that football coaches at Breaux Bridge High School in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, combined CPR and a ZOLL AED Plus® to save the life of a freshman football player on May 19. The coaches launched into lifesaver mode when they spotted then 15-year-old Teddrick Lewis lying face-down on the sidelines during a football scrimmage. Because of their preparedness and quick action, Lewis has just started his sophomore year of high school.

According to Head Coach Paul Broussard, Lewis collapsed moments after leaving the field and was sprawled out on the ground with his face buried in the grass. Instinct and training immediately took over for Broussard and his staff.

A STUNNING 75% Save Rate

From JEMS... http://www.jems.com/article/patient-care/phoenix-airport-aed-program-enj...

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport may be one of the best public places in the country to survive a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Indeed, thanks to an innovative public AED program initiated 10 years ago at the airport, the rate of people surviving witnessed cardiac arrests and being released from a hospital neurologically intact is a stunning 75%.

“If you want to have your heart stop beating, have it [occur] at the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport,” says Debbie Thomas, RN, a paramedic training coordinator for the Phoenix Fire Department.

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September 13th

Give $25 or More on Tuesday, 10-4

2011 Day of Giving

The Pittsburgh Foundation will amplify contributions to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on October 4th, the Day of Giving

 PITTSBURGH–Donate $25 or more to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on Tuesday, October 4th, and your gift will be maximized through a portion of the match pool provided by The Pittsburgh Foundation.* Your donation will be used to support educational programs designed to “raise awareness and give ‘ordinary’ people the power to save a life.”

Giving couldn't be easier. Here’s how:

Give $25 or More on Tuesday, 10-4

The Pittsburgh Foundation will amplify contributions to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on October 4th, the Day of Giving

2011 Day of GivingPITTSBURGH–Donate $25 or more to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on Tuesday, October 4th, and your gift will be maximized through a portion of the match pool provided by The Pittsburgh Foundation. Your donation will be used to support educational programs designed to “raise awareness and give ‘ordinary’ people the power to save a life.”

Giving couldn't be easier. Here’s how:

  • Go to www.pittsburghgives.org any time on 10-4 (12:00 am ET-11:59:59 pm ET).
  • Click the Donate Now for Day of Giving link
  • Enter your name, e-mail address, and phone number.
  • From the drop-down box, select Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.
  • Enter the donation amount.
  • Enter your credit card information.

Donors who give $50 or more on October 4 through PittsburghGives will be entered into a drawing to win an automated external defibrillator (AED). Donors who give $100 or more on October 4 through PittsburghGives will be entered into the drawing and receive a complimentary “Push Hard & Fast Here” t-shirt.

Want to help even more? Encourage your friends and family members to contribute on 10-4 by sending out a quick e-mail or promoting 10-4, the Day of Giving through your social networking sites.

Remember, your gift on 10-4 will go further.

Questions? Contact the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation at info [at] sca-aware [dot] org or call 724-934-0034.

Questions on 10-4, the Day of Giving? Contact The Pittsburgh Foundation at 412-391-5122.

10-4, Good Buddy.

Pittsburgh Foundation Rules: All donations during the 24-hour period will receive a pro-rated portion of the match pool ($500,000). Only MasterCard and Visa donations will be accepted or matched for this event. The minimum donation is $25. The maximum gift an individual can give per organization is $10,000. The average donation is $250. Donors may live anywhere, but donations must be made in U.S. dollars.

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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