Archive - 2015

Archive - 2015

August 28th

ESC Recommends DNA Analysis in Post Mortems of Young Sudden Death Victims

LONDON, UK--European Society of Cardiology Guidelines published today recommend DNA analysis as a fundamental component of post mortem assessment in young sudden death victims. Identification of a genetic cause helps to quickly diagnose and protect relatives.The Guidelines are published online in European Heart Journal and on the ESC Website and are the European update to the 2006 European/American guidelines. They focus on preventing sudden cardiac death in patients with ventricular arrhythmias.

August 27th

CPR: Not Always a Lifesaver, But It Plays One on TV

If you think that performing CPR on a person whose heart has stopped is a surefire way to save their life, you may be watching too much TV.

A study by University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology researchers revealed that popular medical dramas Grey’s Anatomy and House show cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) successfully saving a “patient’s” life in nearly 70 percent of the scenes in which it was depicted. Half of the fictional patients who received CPR made enough of a recovery to eventually leave the hospital.

August 25th

Delay in Administration of Adrenaline and Survival for Children with Cardiac Arrest

Among children with in-hospital cardiac arrest with an initial nonshockable heart rhythm who received epinephrine (adrenaline), delay in administration of epinephrine was associated with a decreased chance of 24-hour survival and survival to hospital discharge, according to a study in the August 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Approximately 16,000 children in the United States have a cardiac arrest each year, predominantly in a hospital setting. Epinephrine is recommended by both the American Heart Association and the European Resuscitation Council in pediatric cardiac arrest. Delay in administration of the first epinephrine dose is associated with decreased survival among adults after in-hospital, nonshockable (pulseless electrical activity or asystole) cardiac arrest. Whether this association is the same for children has not been known, according to background information in the article. 


What I thought to be a normal day back in November 2013, quickly turned into my worst nightmare. After being at work for the day and coming home and doing my normal chores of school run and cooking dinner. I then got my kids to bed and proceeded to go for a run with my 7 year old Staffordshire bull terrier. He could quite easily run for 12 miles, but I myself, a previous smoker and a belly that Santa would be proud of, was never gonna achieve that, so I opted for the children's version and ran for about half a mile, in myself I actually felt I had achieved wonders but I probably didn't even burn100 calories, considering I'd already taken in about 3000 that day I wasn't gonna be slimmer of the year anytime soon.

August 24th

Study Finds Paramedic Care Delivered On-Scene for 10 to 35 Minutes Leads to Better Outcomes for Pediatric Cardiac Arrests

TORONTO, ON--Less than 10 per cent of pediatric patients who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital survive. There are many factors which can influence survival rates; paramedic care is one of them.  

Thanks to the advanced training of paramedics, today, they can spend more time on the scene doing CPR or providing medical care including administering intravenous fluids and medications. However until now, it has not been known if the length of time spent on the scene and onsite medical interventions by paramedics are associated with improved survival for pediatric patients.

August 19th

My journey

February 14, 2014 I was leaving a luncheon with friends and driving home on I5S in Oregon. It was an amazing sunny day in Oregon with light traffic. As I passed under the Tualatin overpass I received a call from my dad. I answered and said hello then I passed out at the wheel. Life came and left me as I was trying to slow. After a few seconds I finally came awake to the situation, I was able to get back to my home in Canby, OR. Not feeling great I went to bed. 2/15/14 I made my kids breakfast and went to take a shower at 9:30 am... I fell to the floor in my closet to die. My kids (daughter 13 & son 12) heard me hit the floor. They came to my rescue... Daughter called 911, son started CPR with my daughters assurance. They gave me enough life to be rescued by the Canby FD. I now have a a defibullator and thanks God and my kids daily for my life. I pray I can assist other 5% ers in their story.....

Survivors: Please join our research panel by August 28

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has established a research panel for survivors of sudden cardiac arrest and their families. The Foundation has worked with multiple universities to facilitate research with survivors and family members. It is now embarking on a new research initiative in collaboration with StrataVerve Market Research. Together, they will study public awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and post-resuscitation quality of life. To participate in the research panel, join the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network. Once you are registered in the Network, you will be invited to participate in research, as studies arise. To participate in our upcoming survey with StrataVerve, please register by August 28. Questions? Contact info [at] sca-aware [dot] org.

August 18th

"Bystander" is more an environment than a level of training.

When we hear "Bystander CPR" the image that comes to many minds is a person at home or at the shopping mall who isn't a medical professional but who has just seen someone have a sudden cardiac arrest. (You can thank TV for that shopping mall image - 85% of all out-of-hospital arrests occur in a private residence.)

The bystander environment is usually one where the witness has to call 911 and perform hands-only CPR alone for an average of ten minutes. The ambulance environment and the hospital environment have other people there to help.

When tested on a manikin exhibiting a chest stiffness at the 32nd percentile - a little less than 65% as stiff as the AVERAGE adult's chest - one-in-six of the subjects tested made it to ten minutes using their hands, but four times as many made it to ten minutes using the heel of their foot.

August 9th

Mass. General-Led Team Identifies First Gene That Causes Mitral Valve Prolapse

International network reveals role of gene mutations in families with inherited cardiac disorder that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest

August 5th

School Districts in Connecticut Required to Train Students in CPR

HARTFORD, CT--Senator Toni Boucher (R- Wilton) and Ranking Member on the Education Committee announced today the implementation of several Education bills passed during the 2015 Legislative session. A number of the bills were ideas introduced by constituents and advocates in the district.

“Many of these bills will make a difference immediately in a child’s life,” said Sen. Boucher.

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