Archive - 2015

Archive - 2015

December 7th

University of Washington to Lead U.S. Expansion of Medtronic's HeartRescue Project

DUBLIN--Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) today announced that the University of Washington and King County (Seattle) Emergency Medical Services will lead the U.S. expansion of the HeartRescue Project, a successful Medtronic Philanthropy partnership launched in five states in 2010 that brought together some of the nation's leading resuscitation experts to improve survival rates for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

The newly formed U.S. HeartRescue Consortium expects to include 17 new states by 2019. Maryland, Utah and Michigan have already joined. Work will continue in original partner states Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Washington, as well as in communities served by American Medical Response. Partner states hope to collectively improve survival rates in new states by 25 percent in four years.

December 1st

Help Raise Awareness and Save Lives, Like the One In This Video

Walter WattsThis Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back, consider a gift to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. Everything we do is made possible by donors like you.

Help raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest. Help save lives, like the ones in this video.

Your donation will make a difference! Thank you for your support.


With gratitude,
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Team

November 30th

Join Us on #GivingTuesday

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Please consider a gift of $35 or more to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on #GivingTuesday. Help support the Foundation's mission to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and save lives.

To donate, click here.

Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

November 19th

Joe Farrell’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Story

Having experienced a near death experience of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) has significantly changed my life.  The description of my survival is based upon my wife’s recollection since I was suddenly stricken with SCA at a professional friend’s home in Rocklin, California seven years ago. I do not remember anything that happened when I suffered the SCA, nor do I remember the week prior to my SCA.

November 17th

Lowering Body Temperature Increases Survival, Brain Function in Cardiac Arrest Patients with Non-Shockable Heart Rhythms

Study Highlights

  • Lowering the body’s temperature in cardiac arrest patients with “non-shockable” heart rhythms increases survival and brain function.
  • Patients who received the treatment were about three times more likely to survive cardiac arrest and have better neurological function compared to those who did not receive it.

DALLAS, TX--Lowering the body’s temperature of cardiac arrest patients with “non-shockable” heart rhythms increases survival rates and brain function, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

November 16th

Study Quantifies Risk of Cardiac Arrest in Children During Spine Surgeries

Overall risk remains very low, researchers say.

Although the vast majority of pediatric spine surgeries are safe, a handful of neuromuscular conditions seem to fuel the risk of cardiac arrest during such operations, according to research led by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

A report on the findings, published in the November issue of the journal Spine, is believed to be the first to quantify the risk -- which is quite small -- of this potentially lethal complication among children. The findings, the investigators say, can help surgeons and operating room staff members better plan for such contingencies in high-risk patients.

The study results stem from an analysis of outcomes in some 2,600 spinal surgeries performed at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas between 2004 and 2014. 

November 13th

Show on SCA in Athletes to Begin Airing on PBS Channels and Online November 16

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation assisted with creation of this episode by facilitating connections with survivor Mike Papale and his mother Joan Papale, and Mike's rescuer, Bob Huebner, and by providing background information on sudden cardiac arrest for the producers.

November 12th

AEDs Save Lives, But AEDs in Hiding Are Rendered Useless

See Huffington Post blog here.

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. However even when the lifesaving devices are widely deployed, they are not always available when needed, according to a new study reported at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. To address the issue, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation calls for 24/7 access to the lifesaving devices.

November 10th

Large Study Reports Results Comparing Two CPR Methods Used by EMS Providers Following Sudden Cardiac Arrest

ORLANDO, FL--In a study published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) administered by emergency medical services (EMS) providers following sudden cardiac arrest that combines chest compressions with interruptions for ventilation resulted in longer survival times and shorter hospital stays than CPR that uses continuous chest compressions. Although compressions with pauses for ventilation lead to more hospital-free days within 30 days of the cardiac arrest, both methods achieved similar overall survival to hospital discharge, the study noted.

The compressions with interruptions consisted of 30 compressions then pauses for two ventilations. The continuous chest compressions consisted of 100 compressions per minute with simultaneous ventilations at 10 per minute. In both groups, emergency medical services (EMS) providers gave ventilations using a bag and mask.

November 9th

Bystander CPR on Kids Has Increased, Survival Odds Improve for Some

Study Highlights: 

  • Just under half of children that had an out of hospital cardiac arrest received CPR from bystanders.
  • Survival rates improved among children but not among infants.
  • Bystander CPR was more common in white children than in black or Hispanic children.
  • Compression only CPR occurred in 50% of cardiac arrests.

ORLANDO, FL--Bystander CPR on kids is increasing and is improving survival from cardiac arrest outside the hospital, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

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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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