Archive - Jan 2016

Archive - Jan 2016

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January 29th

Día de Muertos

I am not from Mexico but I do celebrate Día de Muertos with our good neighbors to the south, even if it is for different reasons. On Nov first 2012 , I stopped into the cafeteria of my engineering firm to pick up some breakfast. I walked to my desk and began preparing my work for the day. I was feeling a bit tired but assumed it was from the Halloween activities the night before. My mother was in town and we had a pretty long run of trick-or-treating with my 4 year old daughter. At around 8:40 a co worker asked if I could come give some inspiration to a fellow teammate who was struggling with quitting smoking. Yes, I was asked to provided encouragement and advice to a friend about living a healthy lifestyle. After all I had previously been a 1/2 pack a day smoker and was quite proud of my knowledge of top shelf bourbon, but I had given all that up to become a more active and healthier person.

January 28th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Is Not on Consumers' Radar, According to Research from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation- News Release

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, in collaboration with StrataVerve, a market research firm, has conducted a national baseline study to determine public awareness and understanding of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Mary Newman, MS, president and co-founder of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, and Jennifer Chap, co-founder of StrataVerve, presented study results at the Citizen CPR Foundation’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update in San Diego in December

January 26th

Rodriguez Introduces Bill To Require CPR Instruction In California High Schools

Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez introduced AB 1719 which will ensure high school students learn CPR before they graduate high school. AB 1719 holds the power to create a generation of lifesavers.

According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest is one of the most lethal public health threats in the United States. Nearly 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside the hospital each year, and sadly, only 10 percent survive. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.

January 25th

EKG Screening for College Athletes

EKG screening for college athletes

There are legitimate concerns, but Dr. Hainline’s original proposal was the right one: We should begin targeted screening of some groups of college athletes — starting with those in sports that recent research indicates pose a high cardiovascular risk, such as basketball and soccer.

January 22nd

I love to tell how I survived SCA just because I can!

It was a cold, but dry day in Saintfield, Northern Ireland. The 17th January 2011 was to be the day that we finalised an insurance claim for our business, which had been very badly water damaged by burst pipes in the apartments upstairs. On the way home we called at the shop. There were workmen resurfacing the road and the traffic was slow, almost at a standstill.

We parked and walk the short distance to the door of the shop. Graham was one step in front and suddenly I felt dizzy. I tried to say "I don't feel well", but it was too late. I just dropped.

Graham was in a panic and had no idea what to do. Just then, Michelle, who is a school nurse was sitting in the traffic, she shouted to Graham, " do you need help? Graham said he did and she quickly came over.

January 19th

What are the most serious problems with CPR?

FROM 10,000 feet:
1. We're not focusing on training the people who most need to be trained. The people most likely to need to perform CPR are about the same age as - and live alone with - the victim.
2. The technique most commonly taught is something that the vast majority cannot perform for ten minutes.
3. Many of the people who will be called upon to perform CPR weigh too little to perform 2" chest compression on a chest of average stiffness.
4. Even with free instruction, many people who need to know won't take the time to learn.

THE DETAILS:

January 18th

Living in High-Rise Buildings Associated with Lower Survival Rates from Cardiac Arrest

Study recommends improving the accessibility of AEDs

January 11th

Cedars-Sinai Physician Developing Risk Assessment for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Goal is to predict those at risk for deadly heart condition that accounts for 50 percent of all cardiovascular deaths in U.S.

Preparing Your School for a Cardiac Arrest Emergency

Representatives of the American Heart Association's Cardiac Emergency Response Plan Task Force, chaired by Comilla Sasson, MD, PhD, FACEP [1] presented "Preparing Your School for a Cardiac Arrest Emergency," in December during the Citizen CPR Foundation's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update in San Diego. Faculty included Michele Snyder and Martha Lopez-Anderson, Parent Heart Watch; Jeff Ranous, PhD, ATC, NREMT, American Heart Association; school nurse, Kathleen Murphy, DNP, RN, FNP-BC; and Mary Newman, MS, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. The session addressed the development of a comprehensive approach to effectively respond to cardiac emergencies in schools. Topics included an overview of the legislative landscape, overcoming obstacles, case studies, and emergency planning.

Newman presented the Cardiac Emergency Response Plan for Schools on behalf of the Task Force. A summary of her presentation follows.

January 6th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Is Not on Consumers' Radar, According to a New Study by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

A new study by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, in collaboration with StrataVerve Market Research, reveals that although sudden cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., it is not on the radar screen for most consumers. Researchers call for development of a clear, uniform, consumer-friendly definition of sudden cardiac arrest emphasizing its urgency and differentiating it from heart attack, and messaging that stresses the fact that SCA can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

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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