Archive - Dec 2017

Archive - Dec 2017

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December 5th

Abnormal ECG Findings Are Common in NBA Players

New research finds that about 1 in 5 professional basketball players had abnormalities on their electrocardiograms (ECGs), some but not all of which were explained by changes in the shape and size of their hearts as a result of athletic training.

Life-Saving Automated External Defibrillators Installed in All Residences

AEDs installed in McMaster University residences

Over the last few months, McMaster has made enhancements to on-campus safety with the installation of 28 new automated external defibrillators (AED) across campus.

These portable devices are to be used in instances of sudden cardiac arrest, a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating.

Until recently, bystanders assisting a person in sudden cardiac arrest on campus would only be able to perform CPR until emergency responders arrive. With every minute of sudden cardiac arrest leading to a 10 per cent reduction in survival rates, seconds count and a shock can stop the clock.

December 4th

Newborn Screening for Congenital Heart Disease Is Associated With Decrease in Infant Cardiac Deaths

According to a new study by Rahi Abouk, PhD, William Paterson University, and colleagues, statewide implementation of mandatory policies to screen newborns for the most serious congenital heart defects was associated with an estimated decrease in infant cardiac deaths. Congenital heart disease accounted for 6 percent of U.S. infant deaths from 1999 to 2006. In 2011, critical congenital heart disease was added to the U.S.

ILCOR Releases First Annual Consensus on Science and Treatment Recommendations

The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) has initiated a near-continuous review of cardiopulmonary resuscitation science that replaces the previous five-year cyclic batch-and-queue approach process. The first of an annual series of International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations summary articles has been published in Resuscitation. More...

Red Cross Using New Tech-Enhanced CPR Training Device to Save Lives

WASHINGTON, DC--Pump the Chest. See the lights. Save a life. That is the premise for the latest American Red Cross training device, a CPR manikin called BigRed™. The BigRed manikin is equipped with three interrelated sets of lights that provide immediate feedback on how an individual is performing CPR.

Meet BigRed here.

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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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