Archive - May 22, 2017

Archive - May 22, 2017

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Pennsylvania Survivor Luncheon Celebrates New Beginnings

LANCASTER, PA -- Pennsylvania sudden cardiac arrest survivors, family members, EMS leaders and other emergency care providers gathered in Lancaster, PA, on Saturday to celebrate new beginnings. The luncheon was sponsored by Penn Medicine, the PA Heart Rescue Project, and the PA Department of Health, in partnership with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. It was spearheaded by Ben Abella, MD, and David Buckler, NRP.

Father of the Bride Collapses at Wedding – Dramatically Showing Need for Public Access to AEDs

The best day of Ralla Shrit’s life turned into her worst nightmare in a matter of seconds. As she was cutting the cake at her wedding reception, her 60-year-old father collapsed and went into cardiac arrest in a Cincinnati hotel ballroom. For 10 excruciating minutes, nobody could find the hotel’s automated external defibrillator, or AED.

Thanks to physicians at the wedding who performed CPR until an AED was located and used, Shrit’s father survived and is expected to make a full recovery. But she’s upset that hotel staff couldn’t immediately find the lifesaving device – and she wants to make sure others don’t die because of similar delays during cardiac emergencies in public places.

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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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