Archive - 2018

Archive - 2018

October 2nd

SCA Foundation Board Member and Spouse Share Perspectives at State of the Future of Resuscitation Conference

OAKLAND, CA--Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation board member Dr. Joe Farrell, and his wife Edie, recently spoke at the State of the Future of Resuscitation conference in Oakland, California. The conference, hosted by Take Heart America on September 28-29, brought together international experts to discuss a wide range of topics related to advances in resuscitation science and clinical practice.

Multiple Organizations Unite for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, Urging the Public to 'Call-Push-Shock'

Growing campaign aims to curb a public health crisis that kills nearly 1,000 people in the U.S. every day

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a public health crisis— affecting more than 356,000 people outside hospitals each year, including over 7,000 youth under age 18—but death can be averted if people nearby act quickly. Today, only one in 10 victims survives, but with immediate CPR and use of an AED, survival rates can triple.

October 1st

Increased Rates of Bystander CPR and AED Use Lead to Marked Increase in Survival

Researchers in the Netherlands assessed changes in survival following out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) in the Nijmegen area, since several initiatives over the years have resulted in more lay volunteers providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and increased use of AEDs.

Using a prospective resuscitation registry with a study cohort of non-traumatic OHCA cases from 2013–2016 and historical controls from 2008–2011, they assessed bystander CPR, AED use and outcome in the Nijmegen area.

Weekday Mornings Are No Longer Peak Times for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Investigators say increased stress may be partially to blame.

LOS ANGELES, CA--Heart experts have long believed that weekday mornings – and especially Mondays – were the danger zones for unexpected deaths from sudden cardiac arrests. But a new Cedars-Sinai study shows those peak times have disappeared and now, sudden cardiac arrests are more likely to happen on any day at any time.

September 30th

Squad Goals: Moving the Needle on Sudden Cardiac Arrest Requires a New Model

A volunteer "SCA responder squad" is needed to ensure someone is almost always nearby who feels ready and willing to help.

September 27th

Clever Cat Helps Save Man’s Life from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The family feline alerted a woman who found her husband in sudden cardiac arrest. Her immediate CPR tripled his chance of survival in the race for life.

For Jennifer Chap and her cat, Buddy, it was a typical morning in the home office on a marathon conference call. Suddenly, Buddy started meowing, jumping and scratching frantically. Something was wrong. Together they headed to the kitchen, where she discovered husband Rick Chap on the floor — unresponsive, gasping for air and appearing to have a seizure.

September 25th

Killion CPR Bill Passes Senate

The Pennsylvania Senate today unanimously passed a life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation bill authored by Senator Tom Killion (R-9).

Killion’s Senate Bill 521 will strengthen academic standards in schools for CPR training in grades nine through twelve while adding hands-only CPR instruction to Pennsylvania’s education curriculum. If enacted, this instructional enhancement in high schools will substantially expand CPR training in the state.

The goal of Killion’s legislation is to prepare students with fundamental life skills.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges PA Senators to Support CPR Training in Pennsylvania Schools

SB 521 (Killion) CPR training in high schools, will likely “run” today on final consideration in the Senate.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is once again urging the Pennsylvania Senate to vote in favor of SB 521, sponsored by PA Senator Tom Killion (R-9th). The legislation will ensure that high school students receive CPR training and learn about automated external defibrillators at least once before graduation, without placing any financial burden on schools or the Commonwealth.

September 20th

Organizations Invited to Join Call.Push.Shock Campaign to Raise Awareness During National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month in October

Today only one in 10 victims survives Sudden Cardiac Arrest. But with immediate CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), five in 10 could survive. There is a critical need to raise awareness about SCA, educate people about the importance of taking immediate action, and empower communities to provide CPR training and widespread access to AEDs.

Earlier this year, Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation collaborated on the Call.Push.Shock campaign. They now plan to relaunch the campaign during October, National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.

Other organizations are invited to join the movement. Campaign participants will receive the following:

September 19th

NHTSA Seeks Input on CPR LifeLinks

WASHINGTON, DC--CPR LifeLinks is a national initiative to help communities save more lives through the implementation of telecommunicator and high-performance CPR programs. With help from the community, a how-to guide will be developed for EMS and 911 agencies to implement programs to improve cardiac arrest survival rates.

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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