Archive - Sep 2019

Archive - Sep 2019

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September 25th

Check Your AED. Is It FDA Approved?

Today, the FDA updated the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) webpage to provide a list of FDA-approved AEDs. AEDs can be highly effective in saving the lives of people suffering cardiac arrest when used in the first few minutes following collapse from cardiac arrest.

September 24th

Kentucky Office of Rural Health Awarded Grant to Improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates in Rural Counties

HAZARD, KY--The Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) has been awarded a three-year, $750,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to improve out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest survival rates among residents of rural counties served by the state’s 27 designated critical access hospitals. The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health, in Hazard, serves as the federally-designated KORH.      

September 21st

Delirium after cardiac arrest

Hi, my sister had a cardiac arrest after a half marathon 6 weeks ago. She’s been doing really well, but she’s still pretty confused. Her main issues are her short term memory but what is disturbing her more are thoughts that her children have died or she has cancer. It’s quite hard to convince her otherwise and is distressing for her. Did anyone else experience this sort of thing and what did you find helpful with memory retraining? Many Thanks Rebecca

September 16th

With School Back in Session, 26,000 More Toronto Students to be Empowered to Save Lives

CPR demo in schools

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- With school back in session, 26,000 more Toronto high school students will be trained this year in lifesaving skills by their teachers as part of their Grade 9 Physical Education and Health curriculum, resulting in a legion of lifesavers at school and in the community.

The ACT Foundation has set up the high school CPR training program in all high schools in both the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Teachers are trained as CPR instructors for their students and empower more than 26,000 students each year, with 450,000 Toronto students trained in CPR to date. ACT is also helping high schools add the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training to the CPR program for students through the donation of training equipment to schools and teacher training.  

September 15th

Optimized Placement of Defibrillators May Improve Cardiac Arrest Outcomes

WASHINGTON, DC--Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are often placed in areas of low risk and may be unavailable during certain times of the day. Determining the optimal location for AEDs may lead to increased defibrillation by bystanders and increased survival in those experiencing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), according to research published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The use of publicly accessible AEDs is associated with significantly better outcomes in patients experiencing OHCA as long as they are available during a time of need.

September 11th

My Husband Emotional and Psychological effects from his cardiac arrest

My husband suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on March 12, 2019 after his doctor sent him to the pharmacy without even doing a EKG. He collapsed and faceplanted as he walked into the Pharmacy. Luckily, the fire station was right next to the pharmacy and the pharmacist was there pretty quickly. En route they did shock my husband twice to get his heart started. After a Face and Head CT scan showed no brain hemmorrage they were able to put three stents in the right side of his heart. They did give him hypothermia treatment as well after the surgery. He remained in a coma with five fractures in his face for 11 days and a total of 14 days in the ICU and step down before two weeks at a Rehabilitation hospital. He was given a life vest for three months of monitoring which was removed June 28th, 2019. Per his cardiologist, no defibrillator needs to be put in at this time.

September 3rd

A Class Act: Remembering Jim Page

It's hard to believe James O. Page left us 15 years ago (September 4, 2004). Jim was a visionary leader who became known as the "Father of EMS." He took me under his wing at the Advanced Coronary Treatment Foundation and the Journal of Emergency Medical Services many years ago. I will always remember him for his passion for saving lives from sudden cardiac arrest, which, in the end, took his life. I hope that in some small way we are honoring his memory with the work we are doing today at the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation--still working to make survival the rule, rather than the exception. ~Mary Newman

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Patients with Cardiac Devices Do Not Adhere to Driving Ban

PARIS, FRANCE--Nearly one-third of patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) resume driving despite it being medically contraindicated – a practice that is dangerous for themselves and others, and is illegal in some countries. The Danish research is presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. (1)

September 1st

Decline in Sports-Related Sudden Cardiac Death Linked with Rise in Bystander Resuscitation

PARIS, FRANCE--Fewer sports-related sudden cardiac arrest victims die nowadays, a trend linked with increased bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), reports a study presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. (1) The late breaking study also found that the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest during sports has not changed over the last decade.

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