Archive - 2015

Archive - 2015

October 6th

The University of Arizona Holds Novel Life-Saving Cardiac Resuscitation Training for EMS Professionals

Every day, more than 15 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside the hospital in Arizona.  The University of Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center has made tremendous strides in saving lives by translating basic science advancements in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) research into action by emergency providers.

Those discoveries have led to important changes in national standards and spawned the enormous need to widely disseminate these techniques to every emergency medical services (EMS) provider and in-hospital medical professional.

October 1st

Governor Brown Signs Sudden Cardiac Arrest Safety Act

SAN DIEGO, CA--Senator Ben Hueso today announced Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 287, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Safety Act.  This measure will now require buildings constructed after January 2017, with occupancy of 200 or more, to install automated external defibrillator (AEDs) onsite. AEDs are commonly used to diagnose life threatening cardiac arrest and treat through defibrillation, which allows the heart to resume to normal rhythm. 

September 30th

Why We Do What We Do

Someone recently wrote to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and asked us why we do what we do. Why do we work so hard to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and help save lives? Why don’t we just accept the concept of letting people die naturally when it is their time?

This question is thought-provoking, but troubling. Yes, sudden cardiac death may be a painless way to go. Still, victims could have many years ahead of them to enjoy their families and other loved ones. And, we suspect, they would prefer to be with them on earth for a much longer time.

Just think of the lifetime events afforded to survivors…getting to see a son’s college graduation, a daughter’s wedding, the birth of a grandchild, and traveling to new destinations.

Learn it Young and Remember it Forever

An ad was created by a Cape Town agency, Not Norm for Scouts South Africa (SSA), the biggest youth organization in South Africa. The group teaches children and young adults "leadership abilities, teamwork, self-motivation, commitment, perseverance, environmental and cultural awareness and strong values," among other things, according to their website. The powerful ad is set to the sounds of an all-encompassing ocean, while on the shore, an empty chair and a book move with a quiet breeze. There's no one else around, sans the two people in the water. Then, a faint high note sounds in the background, intensifying the video as a young boy, dressed in full clothing, carries a girl in a swimsuit out from the water.

Using his instincts, the boy performs CPR on the girl. And suddenly, the video cuts ahead to the boy, all grown up...

...To reveal that this scene, in fact, was between father and daughter.

September 28th

Slowing Down the Dying Process

"We had found a way to slow down the dying process, and give people time to receive defibrillation".- Dr. Guy Knickerbocker

There are about 30,000 cardiac arrests every year in the UK and 10 times that number in the US. It is one of the most common ways to die. 

It is also one of the most common scenarios in which a bystander can save a life through CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the technique used to keep blood and oxygen pumping round the body until emergency help arrives. 

This 'kiss of life' has an intriguing history stretching back over 100 years to when electricity was first being installed in domestic homes and, in part, it owes its discovery to the fate of an unnamed lab dog.

Throughout the early 1900s an electrical revolution hit America, and homes became populated with electrical appliances--everything from light bulbs to refrigerators. 

Survivors, Share Your Selfies!

September 29th is World Heart Day. October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. If you are a survivor of cardiac arrest, please consider sharing a photo of yourself holding the attached 8.5 x 11 inch sign, by either:

September 24th

Please contact your legislators today

Your help is needed today to save the federally-funded Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program. Designed to save lives from cardiac arrest, this program is in jeopardy of being terminated. The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee proposes to end this life-saving program, but the U.S. House Appropriations Committee recommends $4.5 million for this initiative. Soon U.S. Members of Congress will work to resolve differences in the Senate and House health funding bills. So please send an e-mail to your U.S. legislators, urging them to include the House Appropriations Committee’s funding level of $4.5 million for this program in the final 2016 health appropriation bill. Funding for the Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program is used to buy automated external defibrillators in bulk, place AEDs in public rural areas where cardiac arrest is likely to occur, and train first responders and lay rescuers in their use.

10 Things to Know About Pediatric Cardiomyopathy

September is Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month. Here are some helpful things to know about this lifethreatening condition.

1. Cardiomyopathy is a chronic disease of the heart muscle that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood. The disease can present in different forms and may, in severe cases, lead to heart failure and/or sudden death.

2. There are five different forms of cardiomyopathy. The World Health Organization recognizes four forms: dilated (DCM); hypertrophic (HCM); restrictive (RCM); and arrhythmogenic right ventricular (ARVC) cardiomyopathy. Left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC) increasingly is being recognized as a fifth form.

September 23rd

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announces You Can Save a Life at School AED Grant Program

Thanks to a generous grant from The Hillsdale Fund, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is offering $500 grants to elementary and secondary schools to help them to acquire recertified automated external defibrillators to save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest in school settings. Schools may also opt to apply the grants to acquire new AEDs. The lifesaving devices will be provided by Enerspect Medical Solutions, a partner of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, which carries all AED brands.

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced its You Can Save a Life at School AED Grant Program, which aims to help elementary and secondary schools acquire AEDs to prepare to save the lives of students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other visitors who suffer sudden cardiac arrest in school settings. The grant program was made possible by The Hillsdale Fund, an independent foundation based in Greenville, NC.

September 22nd

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announces You Can Save a Life at School AED Grant Program

Thanks to a generous grant from The Hillsdale Fund, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is offering $500 grants to elementary and secondary schools to enable them to acquire recertified automated external defibrillators to help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest in school settings. Schools may also opt to apply the grants toward new AEDs. The lifesaving devices will be provided by Enerspect Medical Solutions, a partner of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, which carries all AED brands.

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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