Archive - Oct 2013

Archive - Oct 2013

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Verdugo vs. Target Case

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has filed an amicus curiae brief in the California Supreme Court case of Michael Verdugo vs. Target Corporation (Case No. S207313). In addition, David Belkin, a cardiac arrest survivor and member of the SCA Foundation Board of Directors, filed a related affidavit. Following is the text of the brief and affidavit.

Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Plaintiffs and Appellants

Background

By way of background information, sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. About 1,000 people (359,400 annually) experience SCA outside hospitals each day, and, on average, only 10 percent of victims survive.[i]

SCA Foundation Urges HHS to Require FDA to Provide Rationale for its Proposal to Increase Regulations of AEDs

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has written to U.S. Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius, asking her to request that the Food and Drug Administration provide a public health rationale for its proposal to increase regulations of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Following is the text of the letter.

Letter from Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Re: Request to HHS to require the FDA to provide an evidence-based justification for its proposal to increase in regulations related to automated external defibrillators

Dear Secretary Sebelius:

Study: Begin Cooling After Cardiac Arrest Within Six Hours of Resuscitation

CHICAGO, IL--There's no difference in neurologic outcomes or survival--as long as cardiac arrest patients are started on therapeutic hypothermia within six hours of being revived, researchers said here.

In a single-center study, those who were started on hypothermia within two hours had similar Cerebral Performance Category (CPC) scores -- a measure of neurologic outcomes -- and similar survival to those whose bodies were cooled more than two hours after they'd been revived, according to Said Chaaban, MD, of Kansas University School Of Medicine in Wichita and colleagues.

But those who were cooled sooner did have a significantly shorter length of stay in the cardiac intensive care unit (ICU), Chaaban reported during a poster session at the CHEST meeting.

"It's just a retrospective review, but if these findings are true, it could mean a huge decrease in medical expenses and comorbidities," Chaaban said.

St. Francis Grant to Provide AEDs to Groups in North Dakota and Minnesota

WAHPETON, ND and BRECKINRIDGE, MN--Groups from both sides of the border will be receiving valuable medical equipment thanks to a grant through St. Francis Healthcare Campus in Breckenridge, Minn.

Juli Mauch, Foundation director at St. Francis, said in total, the grant was worth $596,000 and will be used to provide automated external defibrillators or AEDs (a device used to help people who are experiencing cardiac arrest) to agencies in high traffic areas that may be a sizable distance from a hospital. St. Francis will receive a portion of the grant, as will other hospitals in the Catholic Health Initiative in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Twenty civic and service groups will be receiving AEDs through St. Francis. These groups range from city halls and fire departments, to schools and Sheriff’s offices in both Richland and Wilkin counties.

Over 2 Million Youth Trained in CPR

OTTAWA, ON-- November is CPR Month in Canada and Canada is a leader in high school CPR. Over 2 million students have been empowered with lifesaving skills through the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Program.

ACT is the organization that is establishing free CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools. ACT's health partners who are committed to bringing this program across the country are AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi.

Since 1994, ACT, with the support of its health, provincial and community partners, has donated more than 50,000 durable mannequins to over 1,600 high schools, and more than 6,000 teachers have been trained as CPR Instructors for their students.

With the ongoing addition of defibrillator training to the program, students are now learning both CPR and how to use a defibrillator in a cardiac arrest emergency.

The Latest Scoop on AEDs in the Workplace

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) have become a familiar sight in many workplaces across America, yet these life-saving devices are still not present in the majority of them. Organizations without AED programs cite various concerns, range from liability issues to costs, as reasons to withhold a sudden cardiac arrest safety net.

There are many compelling reasons to have an AED program. Leading this list, of course, is having the ability to save the life of a co-worker stricken by sudden cardiac arrest. Let’s take a look at the latest research, best practices, and results to see how they apply to your workplace.

October 28th

Heart Screens for Athletes Doable, but Costly

ORLANDO -- A comprehensive cardiac workup for young athletes proved feasible but cost too much to be practical, investigators reported here.

The addition of a limited echocardiogram to history, physical, and ECG identified five athletes with an increased risk of sudden death from 659 screenings at a cost of about $9,000 per event, not including physician costs.

The results did little to define the optimal approach to screening athletes, Jeffrey D. Anderson, MD, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, reported here at the American Academy of Pediatrics meeting.

"History and physical exam alone are not adequate to capture all cardiac abnormalities that may put someone at risk for sudden death," Anderson said. "Echocardiography can reduce the false-positive rate of ECG screening, but mass echocardiography also will identify heart disease that does not pose an immediate risk."

October 27th

It's nice not being needed!

I also serve as a Medical First Responder in the community where I live.

Last week I was toned out to respond to a local church where a person had passed out.

By the time I got there, two people in attendance at the church had determined non-responsiveness, called 911, determined non-normal breathing, begun CPR, retrieved the AED, applied it, and had a living, breathing Cardiac Arrest Survivor on their hands. The victim was transported and now has a pacemaker.

That, my friends, is how we solve the problem of too many dying form SCA's: Available AEDs and people who know how to recognize a Sudden Cardiac Arrest when it happens and what to do!

It's nice not being needed!

Bob

October 26th

Taking Early Aim at Sudden Cardiac Arrest

PHILADELPHIA, PA--How many children drop dead every year of sudden cardiac arrest? One thousand? Three thousand?  

"We don't know," said Victoria Vetter, a pediatric cardiologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "The problem is we don't have a registry in the U.S."

The federal government last week said it will help develop a pediatric registry for sudden deaths. To better determine who is at risk of dying, from which cardiac disorder, a local group is also planning a database with results of electrocardiograms (EKGs) and other records for researchers.

How many AEDs do public buildings need?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - 61st District Court Judge Benjamin Logan is undergoing tests to determine the extent of the damage done by the heart attack the long-serving jurist suffered this week.

Logan was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday after suffering that heart attack in his courtroom.

The ability to save lives in the event of a heart attack at the first sign of distress has increased dramatically in the last decade, thanks in part to automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.

Surprisingly, there is only one AED for the entire 12-story Grand Rapids courthouse. But that number doesn't tell the entire story.

The Kent County sheriff's deputies who handle security at the courthouse began CPR -- the most critical life-saving step -- on Logan almost immediately.

They also called for the courthouse's lone AED, which is kept in a locked room on the first floor of the building.

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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