Archive - 2016

Archive - 2016

July 20th

1,000 AEDs for 1,000 Restaurants: Firehouse Subs® Celebrates Milestone Opening with $1 Million Donation for Life-Saving Initiative

JACKSONVILLE, FL--In 1994, brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen opened the doors of the first Firehouse Subs restaurant in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.

National Academies of Sciences Workshop Explores Ways to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival

PITTSBURGH, PA--Amid enormous city-by-city variations in cardiac arrest survival rates, turning “bystanders” into “actors” who are willing to start CPR before rescuers arrive is key to saving more lives, scientific experts said at a recent workshop at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington.

July 16th

Everything went perfectly... after the Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Healthy 25 year old female drops dead. Yeah, those things happen. My husband and I got a phone call at ten o'clock on a December night at our home in Houston with the news that our daughter had collapsed and was 'stabilized'. That was all the news we were going to get until we showed up in person in Ithaca, New York. I packed for warmth and death. After the longest airplane ride in our lives, we walked into a hospital room overwhelmed with beeping machinery and our daughter, small and unmoving, attended by a serious team of doctors and nurses. Even at this point, she was everyone's miracle--a survivor of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

July 15th

Inspirational Video from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, Featuring Survivors and Loved Ones, Urges the Public to Learn CPR and How to Use Defibrillators

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation , in partnership with BuddyCPR, has released a new three-minute video aimed at raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and the critical role of bystanders in saving lives. The video was launched this week at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C.

July 7th

Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Announce Launch of Lifesaving Smartphone Application

City beginning CPR training initiative and introducing AED registration ordinance.

PITTSBURGH, PA--Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and City of Pittsburgh Councilman Dan Gilman today announced initiatives to improve public safety services and empower residents to take action while awaiting response by EMS professionals. The press event, which also included partners from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine, announced the launch of PulsePoint Response, a smartphone application to alert CPR-trained citizens of nearby cardiac arrest incidents and emergencies requiring CPR.

July 5th


The difference between performing CPR and using an AED

  1. An AED is a device that examines the victim's heart rhythm and advises the rescuer as to whether to administer a shock or to resume chest compression. The AED either delivers the shock when you press the button or it delivers the shock automatically.
  2. CPR pushes oxygen-bearing blood to the heart muscle and brain. The preservation of these two organs determine the degree you can function if resuscitated. CPR also delays the transition from a shockable rhythm to a non-shockable rhythm.

Which is better?

July 3rd

How to Help Your Loved One Come Back After SCA

If you're reading this perhaps you are lucky enough to have a loved one who survived sudden cardiac arrest. Wonderful! Let me share my personal experience with you in case it can help you unlock your loved one's mind and bring he or she back to his or her old self.
My dad had a SCA and was lucky enough to get CPR after a minute of collapse. He was in a coma for a few days. Upon waking from his coma he presented almost as a stroke victim and was unable to talk, feed himself, walk, etc.. The hospital would make some attempts to rehab him with PT and OT however most of the time the staff would not do much with him and say he was "sleeping". Well, after my own research into the matter I began to direct his care and help ensure that he reach his full potential at the time.

June 30th

I'm Still Dancing on This Side of the Ground

On July 16, 2016 in celebration of life, I will be spending dinner with the two bystanders who used their collective CPR skill to save my life. On November 15, 2016, I was driving a big rig with a 53 foot trailer full of the United states Mail, I drove for a private contractor. I was traveling over the Sierra Mountains and Donner Summit in the first snow storm of the year when I suddenly died. This is more than a dramatic statement, because when the heart stops one dies. Miraculously 29 weeks later, I am reporting to you that this was my first and only Sudden Cardiac Arrest. This is 1 in 6 with a happy ending.

Cardiac Arrest Survivors Focus of Delirium Study

Retrospective study in American Journal of Critical Care assessed incidence of delirium in survivors of cardiac arrest treated with therapeutic hypothermia

ALISO VIEJO, CA--A study in the American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) found a remarkably high prevalence of delirium in a small cohort of critically ill patients treated with therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest.

The research team conducted a retrospective review of the medical charts of 251 patients treated with therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest from 2007 through 2014 in the cardiovascular intensive care unit (ICU) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee. The analysis includes 107 patients who survived and awoke from coma. It excludes those who were persistently comatose or died before discharge from the ICU.

My Incident

Last October, I was jogging on a treadmill at my gym only going 5.2 mph, which is a slow pace when suddenly everything went black. There was no white light, no shining tunnel just an instant and complete blackout. The next thing I remember is being flat on my back on the now still treadmill with about six people surrounding me. They were asking me questions about what my name was and what day it was. I was confused but I remembered my name and the fog quickly cleared. That's when I saw the AED paddles on my chest and realized that something quite serious had just happened. The EMS had not arrived yet but I was surrounded by a very professional gym staff that had applied CPR and the AED shock, which converted my heart into normal sinus rhythm.

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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