Archive - Jul 2017

Archive - Jul 2017

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July 26th

Longer Cooling Does Not Harm and May Even Help Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Patients

Eight out of 355 cardiac arrest patients who do not immediately wake up after hospitalization have benefited from being cooled down to a temperature of 33°C for as long as 48 hours. However, this does not provide researchers from Aarhus University and elsewhere with evidence to conclude that 48-hour cooling is preferable to the typical 24 hours when it comes to preventing brain damage. The level of uncertainty is too high and the difference too small to reach this conclusion.

A reminder on AED Maintenance

I recently came across this story--http://globalnews.ca/news/3613170/winnipeg-woman-speaks-out-after-husbands-heart-stops-aed-malfunctions/ the ran through details regarding an SCA event that took place in just the last week or two.

Essentially, an off-duty fireman spending time with his family and some colleagues of his was hit with an attack that dropped him immediately. While he couldn't have really asked for better company to face such an event in his life (after all, how many are "lucky"--and I use the word loosely--enough to have a cardiac event in the presence of trained EMT's?), not everything went as smooth as possible in this type of emergency. Namely, the AED at the family entertainment spot where he was visiting wasn't working despite being present. Obviously, a non-working unit is no better than not having one at all.

Improvements to Public Awareness of CPR

Many reading this site instruct others in CPR at varying levels. Whether Community based or professional level. Some may teach Red Cross,National Safety Council, ASHI or AHA. I myself oversee an AHA Training Center, HealthSav LLC based in New York about 25 miles North of NYC in Rockland County. Our TC yearly trains several thousand people, mostly for certification courses but I myself also try to grow Family & Friends and Hands Only Training.

What the training community needs to focus on is that no matter how good our training can be, the individual being trained can only be trained the day that they attend the course. The retention level of CPR Training is exceedingly low. This is true for nurses, EMT's, Paramedics. Whomever you can name. This is also true for most Instructors as instructors are only required to teach 4 courses in a 2 year period to retain their instructor credentials. Quality control is an issue for both students and instructors.

July 25th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges Pennsylvania Legislature to Require CPR Training Before High School Graduation

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges patients, families and other advocates to submit testimonials in support of the legislation.

It's been six years since my SCA

In 2003, I had a heart attack. I was in the gym and felt tired. I went home and then drove to the hospital. My blood pressure was through the roof. After blood tests they told me they thought I had had a heart attack. They started me on heparin and kept me overnight. My wife was incredulous she thought I was teasing her. The cardiologist came in the next morning and said I had had a heart attack and needed an angiogram. I asked when I should schedule it and he said "Today". I ended up with three stents......fast forward to June 2011. I am on a week long organized bike ride with 2500 of my best friends. I have done this ride a dozen times before.....400 miles or so in the mountains. I am with my 14 year old daughter on a tandem. First day, first climb......I feel tired and we pull over so I can find a "sag" wagon to take us up the pass we are on. I step off the bike and that is the last thing I remember for 24 hours......I passed out and fell over.

July 24th

Three U.S. Airports to Unveil American Heart Association Hands-Only CPR Training Kiosks

Interactive machine teaches lifesaving skill to travelers in five minutes

July 22nd

A Public Announcement on the National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative

National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative to hold Town Hall meeting at ECCU in December

Interested individuals and stakeholders representing many organizations gathered at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MD, on May 11th to kick off the National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative (NCAC). This forum is intended to foster communication and coordinate action among the various organizations that are working to improve survival and recovery after sudden cardiac arrest.

July 20th

IAFC, PulsePoint Foundation Announce Global Strategic Partnership to Increase Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

Collaboration aims to increase awareness and use of PulsePoint and expand the role of fire and emergency services in emerging digital trends

July 16th

Bystander Use of AEDs Could Double the Number of Survivors

A new study indicates that bystander use of AEDs has the potential to save more lives than first responder use of defibrillators, indicating that timing is everything.

 

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK--A new systematic review suggests that early defibrillation by lay-bystanders may roughly double the number of survivors after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) vs. emergency first responders.[1]

After examining data from 41 observational studies, Danish investigators found a median survival to hospital discharge of 53% when lay-bystanders deliver defibrillation and 28.6% when delivered by professional first responders including police and firefighters.

To Save Drowning Victims, A Push To Get Everyone On The Same Page

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide die every year from drowning. Yet efforts to figure out the best way to save them have been hindered by inconsistencies and confusion about how to report the details of these tragic occurrences and their eventual outcomes.

Those much-needed instructions were provided Monday by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, a global coalition of health organizations that includes the American Heart Association, the European Resuscitation Council and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, among others.

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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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