Archive - Feb 24, 2012

Archive - Feb 24, 2012

Calling All Survivors: Nominate Your Rescuers for the People Saving People(TM) Award

PITTSBURGH­–The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced its 2012 People Saving People(TM) award program to honor 'ordinary' people with extraordinary heroic spirits who help save the lives of victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The purpose of the program is to increase awareness about the critical need for laypersons to be prepared to intervene in sudden cardiac emergencies. 

Nominees should be individuals who helped save the life of an SCA victim, but had no work-related duty to respond to the victim. Lifesaving actions could include one or more of the following: calling 9-1-1 or the local emergency phone number, providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or chest compressions, and using an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Study Suggests Criteria for ICDs in Youth

MIAMI - Underscoring the fact that children should not be treated as small adults, a study led by the Miller School’s Steven E. Lipshultz, professor and chair of pediatrics and executive associate dean for child health, found that less than 3 percent of children diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy die suddenly and unexpectedly.

The finding suggests that relatively few pediatric patients with weakened and enlarged hearts may benefit from implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), the battery-powered devices that, based on recommendations for adults, are routinely implanted in some of these children to prevent sudden cardiac death.

Philadelphians Urged to Help Locate AEDs

Would you be able to find an automated external defibrillator if someone's life depended on it? Despite an estimated one million AEDs scattered around the United States, the answer, all too often when people suffer sudden cardiac arrests, is no.

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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