Archive - 2013

Archive - 2013

November 18th

CPR for 38 Minutes or Longer Improves Chance to Survive Cardiac Arrest

Conventional wisdom suggests that performing CPR for more than 20 minutes is futiile. A new study shows that performing CPR for 38 minutes or more can be beneficial.

Performing CPR for 38 minutes or longer can improve a patient's chance of surviving cardiac arrest, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions. Sustaining CPR that long also improves the chances that survivors will have normal brain function, researchers said.

Cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, causing it to suddenly stop beating. About 80 percent of cardiac arrests -- nearly 288,000 people -- occur outside of a hospital each year, and fewer than 10 percent survive, according to the American Heart Association.

November 17th

AHA and ACC Defend New Guidelines

DALLAS, TX--The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology vigorously defend the recently published risk assessment and cholesterol guidelines despite recent media reports critical of the risk assessment calculator tool.

“We stand behind our guidelines, the process that was used to create them and the degree to which they were rigorously reviewed by experts,” said Mariell Jessup, M.D., president of the American Heart Association.

Wearable Defibrillator Can Bridge the Gap to Implanted Device

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--A lightweight defibrillator is an option for some patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest. It’s a noninvasive way to keep a patient alive when doctors are trying to determine the next step for a damaged heart.

Scott Olson was asleep in the quiet darkness of his daughter’s home in north central Minnesota, when the lightweight vest he’d been wearing detected a dangerously erratic heartbeat. Without ever waking Olson, his LifeVest sounded alarms and delivered a jolt of electricity to his heart, saving his life.

He only knew what had happened after his granddaughter, Americiss, heard the alarms and woke him.

“I didn’t even feel the shock,” Olson said. “I just heard my granddaughter calling my name.”

Law Enforcement Agencies Putting AED Devices in Patrol Cars

With just minutes to save a life using an automated external defibrillator, communities around the country are boosting response times by making the lifesaving devices standard equipment in police cruisers.

Whether it's a suburban Atlanta officer heading home who sped to a nearby office building to shock a man's heart back to life, a pair of Irvine, Calif., officers who reached a man down on a tennis court within three minutes or a New York State trooper helping revive a firefighter who collapsed at an accident scene, adding AEDs to police vehicles is having an impact.

Bill Would Require CPR Training for High School Students in Texas

NEW YORK--Assemblyman Luis Sepúlveda, D–Bronx, has introduced a bill that, if passed, could make the difference between life and death.

According to the American Heart Association, only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation from bystanders, although immediate, effective CPR can double or triple a victim's chance of survival.

The bill (A.8232) would require all high school seniors to take part in CPR training, which will be provided within the school's health education curriculum and increase the number of people capable of providing effective CPR.

Study Compares Outcomes of Device For Chest Compressions vs. Manual CPR

DALLAS, TX--Sten Rubertsson, M.D., Ph.D., of Uppsala University, Sweden and colleagues assessed whether cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in which chest compressions are delivered with a mechanical device would result in superior 4-hour survival in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest compared to CPR with manual chest compression.

November 16th

More, Faster Hypothermia No Better After Cardiac Arrest

Strategies to cool out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients more or faster had little extra impact on outcomes, two trials showed.

In one, maintaining hypothermia at 33°C (91°F) didn't reduce mortality or its composite with poor neurologic outcome compared with a more modest 36°C (97°F) to largely prevent fever (P=0.51 and P=0.78), Niklas Nielsen, MD, PhD, of Sweden's Helsingborg Hospital, and colleagues found.

In the other, prehospital cooling got core temperatures down to 34°C (93°F) faster but didn't affect survival to hospital discharge or neurologic status significantly either, Francis Kim, MD, of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and colleagues found.

Study Finds No Difference in Survival When Lowering Cardiac Arrest Patients’ Temperature to 33°C vs. 36°C

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November 15th

Odds of Survival Without Brain Damage Drop Five Percent for Every Minute That Passes Before Circulation is Restored

Studies show that giving up on CPR at 20 minutes is too early--38 minutes is a better target. The odds of surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest without severe brain damage, however, dropped five percent for every 60 seconds that passed before spontaneous circulation was restored, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013. 

DALLAS, TX--Sustaining CPR for 38 minutes improves the chances that survivors will have normal brain function, researchers said.

November 14th

ZOLL Foundation Established

CHELMSFORD, MA--ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, announced today the establishment of the ZOLL Foundation, an independent entity organized for scientific and educational purposes. The Foundation will provide grants to support research, education, and public awareness related to improving resuscitation practices, preventing patient deterioration associated with cardiac arrest and morbidity, and enhancing the care of acute patients to reduce mortality and morbidity. It will focus on small seed grants for new investigators starting on the path of resuscitation and acute critical care research, areas where there is a significant gap between need and the availability of funding. It will solicit proposals related to these areas from qualified individuals and organizations with interests in these fields.

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