Archive - 2019

Archive - 2019

December 5th

Prearrival Care Often Means the Difference Between Life and Death

“Prearrival care” (interventions provided by bystanders before trained medical providers arrive on the scene) can mean the difference between life and death for cardiac arrest victims, according to a landmark article published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. “Lay Responder Care for an Adult with Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest,” by William Brady, MD, Amal Mattu, MD, and Corey Slovis, MD, observes that the most important links in the Chain of Survival are the earliest ones—recognition of cardiac arrest and initiation of CPR, both of which are performed largely by bystanders.

December 3rd

Citizen CPR Foundation Brings the Entire Chain of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival to Seattle, WA

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS--The Citizen CPR Foundation will host the first Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit in Seattle, Washington December 10th through 13th at the Hyatt Regency Seattle.

The Summit is the largest gathering in the world dedicated to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) training, response and action. It brings together CPR/ECC/EMS instructors, nurses, first responders, physicians, community planners, thought leaders and SCA survivors from around the world.

“We’re partnering with the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, the Global Resuscitation Alliance, the Resuscitation Academy, Medic One and many other organizations that are committed to improving the chain of survival,” says Dr. Vinay Nadkarni, President of the Citizen CPR Foundation. “The goal of our Summit is to continue the dialogue with our key stakeholders and advocates on how to save more lives from sudden cardiac arrest.”

November 20th

Call-Push-Shock: From Campaign to Movement

The Call-Push-Shock social media campaign, designed to motivate bystander action in cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), is becoming a national movement. Results of the initiative, co-sponsored by Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, were presented at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium in Philadelphia on November 16th.[1]

November 18th

What Happens When We Die? Surviving Cardiac Arrest

What does it mean to die?  From the earliest days of history, death has been marked by the moment a person’s heart stops beating, breathing ceases, and brain function shuts down — a seemingly irreversible moment that leads to permanent cessation of life processes. However, the advent of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in 1960 was revolutionary, demonstrating that some patients who would otherwise remain dead could be returned to life. What we once called death — an endpoint — was now called cardiac arrest, and became a starting point.

Drone-delivered AEDs Fly a Step Closer to Saving Lives

It was a race with life-or-death implications: Unmanned drones were pitted against traditional emergency responders to see which could get an automated external defibrillator to the rural site of a simulated cardiac arrest first.

The drones won handily. And the Canadian researcher behind the test said such a system might be ready for the real world in as little as a year.

Opioid-Related Cardiac Arrest Patients Differ from Other Cardiac Arrests

Research Highlights:

·       People who suffer cardiac arrest due to an opioid overdose are younger, have fewer chronic medical conditions and may be more likely to be to receive bystander CPR, according to a review of emergency response records in Maine.

Citizen Responder CPR and Defibrillation Programs May Improve Survival and Outcomes from Cardiac Arrests that Occur at Home

DALLAS, TX--Implementing citizen responder programs to answer calls for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests may increase bystander defibrillation in private homes, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2019 — November 16-17 in Philadelphia.

NIH Funding for Cardiac Arrest Research Low Compared to Funding for Other Leading Causes of Death, Disability

DALLAS, TX--The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invests less money in cardiac arrest research compared to other leading causes of death and disability in the United States, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2019 — November 16-17 in  Philadelphia.

Legal Risk of Not Performing CPR Higher than Providing Lifesaving Assistance

DALLAS, TX--While some bystanders may fail to attempt CPR because they fear legal liability, the likelihood of facing litigation is higher for delaying or failing to intervene, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2019 — November 16-17 in Philadelphia.

Even though every state has “Good Samaritan” laws, which offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who they believe to be injured or in peril, concerns about legal liability are common.

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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