Archive - Feb 2012

Archive - Feb 2012

February 3rd

Are AEDs a Good Investment? You Bet Your Life.

A recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer and was a cause for concern for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. Authors Arthur Caplan, MD, and James Fitzpatrick, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania, cautioned readers about buying defibrillators, suggesting the concept of public access defibrillation may be overrated. More... We beg to differ. Here is our reponse.

As Caplan and Kirkpatrick point out, strategic placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) is important. It is also reasonable to prioritize public access defibrillator sites based on the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), especially when resources are scarce. That being said, it is important for readers to understand that SCA is a public health crisis affecting 295,000 people of all ages every year in the U.S.

February 2nd

Take a Step for Survival--Join Susan Koeppen and Register Today

Join Susan Koeppen, KDKA TV anchor and sudden cardiac arrest survivor, on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, a 5K walk to be held on Saturday May 19 in Pittsburgh. Help raise awareness and save lives. To register, click here.

January 31st

Family Wants AEDs at All Schools

SAN DIEGO--A piece of equipment saved the life of an El Cajon high school student, and now his family is pushing for all schools to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) on campus.

Last September, Jacob Huerta was in his English class at Granite Hills High School when he suffered a cardiac arrest. He was only 15 years old.

"The nurse came with an AED and the next time I woke up, I was in the hospital," said Jacob, who also suffers from seizures.

After the incident on campus, he was in the hospital for a month. Doctors eventually implanted a defibrillator/pacemaker to regulate his heart, something very unusual for someone so young.

"It's always frightening … to know you're going to go to the hospital, and not know the conclusion when you get there," said Jacob's father, Richard Huerta.

Every school in the Grossmont Union High School District has an AED on campus, but it is not required by California law.

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