Archive - 2017

Archive - 2017

August 28th

HeartRescue U.S. Expands Effort to Reduce Deaths from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

More than 300,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year in the United States. Despite a growing body of evidence of effective ways to respond to and treat SCA, survival rates for people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of the hospital is low, estimated at between 7-10%, and even lower in many communities.

August 27th

Bag-Mask Ventilation Fails to Improve on Endotracheal Intubation in Cardiac Arrest

BARCELONA, SPAIN--Bag-mask ventilation fails to improve on endotracheal intubation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients, according to late-breaking results from the CAAM trial presented today at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is the main cause of death worldwide in previously healthy people,” said principal investigator Prof Frederic Adnet, an emergency physician at Avicenne Hospital in Bobigny, France. “Each year it causes 300,000 deaths in the US and more than 200,000 in Europe. Less than 10% of patients survive out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.”

August 26th

18 Year Study Shows Nine in 10 Cardiac Arrest Victims Survive in Sports and Fitness Centers Equipped with AEDs

BARCELONA, SPAIN--Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) save lives in amateur sports and fitness centers, according to research presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress today. The 18 year study found that survival from cardiac arrest reached 93 percent in centers equipped with an AED.
“Sudden cardiac death is a leading cause of death in Europe, affecting more than 300,000 people each year,” said first author Diego Penela, MD, a cardiologist at Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, Piacenza, Italy. “The chance of survival decreases with every passing minute in which defibrillation is not performed.”

August 24th

New Tool Can Predict Patients’ Outcomes After Cardiac Arrest

Targeted temperature management – the precise cooling of a person suffering cardiac arrest – can literally be the difference in life or death. Now researchers have developed a new tool to predict how much the treatment will benefit a patient. They hope the new tool will be both helpful and a comfort to patients’ families, particularly when they must make difficult care decisions.

“There is a period of time where you can’t really evaluate a patient very well in terms of whether they are likely to survive … and that’s, of course, what everybody wants to know,” said Lawrence W. Gimple, MD, of the UVA Health System. “It’s important to realize that you don’t know, you can’t know. So what we developed was a model to help you to predict the probability that someone will get better.”

August 22nd

Calling All Survivors!

The Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update conference, presented by the Citizen CPR Foundation, is scheduled for December 5-8 in New Orleans, LA. Survivors are invited to share their stories, honor their rescuers, attend sessions addressing post survival quality of life, and discuss ways to pay it forward. Survivors are also invited to join 1,000 survivors and conference participants at the CPR Saves Lives March to bring attention to the hundreds of thousands of individuals who could survive if CPR and treatment with defibrillators were more readily available.

Registration is discounted for survivors. For more information, see attached brochure or contact info [at] sca-aware [dot] org (subject: ECCU) .

August 21st

The Century Old Heart Test That May Predict Sudden Cardiac Death

NBC recently reported on research led by Sumeet Chugh, MD, at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute on a new risk assessment tool that brings physicians closer to predicting who is most likely to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest, a condition that is fatal in more than 90 percent of patients.. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation worked with NBC on the story. A preview follows.

It was a typical day for 43-year-old traveling nurse, Lynn Howard. She was visiting a patient at their home when she suddenly felt dizzy and lost consciousness. The Buffalo native woke up a few days later in a hospital bed with a breathing tube.

CPR in School Laws Take Effect in Eight New States This Year

After Noah Weeda collapsed during soccer drills in April 2015 at his Grand Rapids, Mich., high school, best friend Tyler Menhart called 911 and used CPR skills he learned as a Boy Scout.

In South Carolina, 18-year-old high school football player Ronald Rouse died in 2012 after collapsing twice during a home game. The cause of death was a heart condition.

Both experiences led to efforts to improve lifesaving education in both states. In fact, Michigan and South Carolina are among eight new states that have adopted high school curriculum or passed laws requiring CPR training to graduate starting in the 2017-2018 school year.

The other six states are Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

August 14th

New Requirements for American Heart Association Adult CPR Courses

Real-time feedback devices improve quality and provide consistency in CPR training

DALLAS, TX--The American Heart Association – the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease – will now require the use of an instrumented directive feedback device in all courses that teach adult CPR skills, effective January 31, 2019. The devices provide, real-time, audiovisual and corrective evaluation and instruction on chest compression rate, depth, chest recoil and proper hand placement during CPR training.

The Association’s evidence-based 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC highlights the emerging benefits of feedback devices. Studies reveal that this technology, which can be integrated into or serve as an accessory to a manikin, helps students master these critical CPR skills and reduces the time between training and demonstration of competence in a training environment.

August 13th

Cardiac Screening: Training and Experience Matter

Improving athlete ECG screening, interpretation, and reproducibility: an editorial by Jordan Prutkin, MD, and Jonathan Drezner, MD, of the University of Washington

Interpreting ECGs in Young Athletes Hard for Even the Most Experienced Doctors

A new European study on electrocardiogram screenings in young athletes found the results of such tests are extremely difficult to interpret, even among highly experienced doctors.

The study, published Monday in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, tackles a key component of a subject that has generated headlines around the world in recent years. The issue is whether an ECG test, which measures electrical activity of the heart, can help prevent sudden cardiac deaths among young athletes.

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