Archive - 2019

Archive - 2019

May 1st

National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative Update

The Steering Committee of the National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative recently reported on current activities related to the recommendations of the IOM Report: Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival – A Time to Act.

The Law Protects AED Rescuers

By Steve Tannenbaum

Did you know that the law actually encourages lay people and bystanders to perform CPR and to use an AED on people who have suffered from sudden cardiac arrest and that it actually protects them from litigation?

Traditionally, the public has been concerned about performing CPR and using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) due to fears of hurting the victim and potentially incurring liability. Neither of these two fears are accurate or true. A person who has just suffered from a sudden cardiac arrest is clinically dead. It is not possible to cause further injury to such a victim by performing CPR or by using an AED.

April 29th

Harrill's Battle Won: AEDs for Every Tennessee School

The battle lasted nearly a decade. On Tuesday, Rhonda Harrill achieved her goal from the get-go: mandatory placement of at least one automated external defibrillator device in every Tennessee public school.

The state House of Representatives finally made it happen with the sponsorship and guidance of state Rep. Bob Ramsey, R-Maryville.

April 28th

PA House Education Committee Approves SB 115 Calling for CPR Education in Schools

Pennsylvania SB 115, (Sen. Tom Killion, R-9), which calls for CPR education in grades 9-12, was unanimously approved by the House Education Committee today, with an amendment specifying that the CPR instruction provided by a teacher, instructor or community volunteer must include "participation of a professional educator with a PA certification, including a professional educator certified in physical education or health education or a school nurse."

The bill is expected to next be given a reading in the House, then referred to the House Appropriations Committee, and then go before the full House of Representatives for consideration.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a strong supporter of this legislation.

April 22nd

Resuscitation Science, Technology and Emergency Dispatch Services Leaders Commit to Help Double Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Survival by 2028

Resuscitation quality improvement program, protocols for telecommunicators core components to improve survival rates

April 18th

Life After Life: Does Consciousness Continue After the Heart Stops?

How can people brought back from death after cardiac arrest report having experienced lucid and vivid memories and recollections without a functioning brain? The study of near-death experiences is challenging the idea our consciousness fades to black when our body expires.

He could see a nurse and doctor, a bald, “chunky fella” dressed in blue hospital scrubs. He watched as they frantically worked on his body, which was remarkable, considering he was, essentially, dead.

The man had suffered a cardiac arrest. Normally there is no measurable, meaningful brain activity after the heart stops beating. Within two to 20 seconds the brain “flatlines.”

April 15th

Teen's Mall Trip Could Have Been Her Last, but CPR and an AED Saved the Day

Sydney Ridlehoover had finished her chores and convinced her parents to take her and a friend to the mall near their home outside Columbus, Ohio. Once they arrived, the girls got out of the car and walked ahead, laughing and talking.

Peter Hubby, Sydney's stepfather, saw her fall to the ground before even getting to the mall. He figured the 13-year-old had tripped or was just goofing around. Peter and Tracy Elsinger, Sydney's mom, realized otherwise when she didn't get up.

The Masters come back story after SCA

My body on April 6, 2018 went into Cardiac Arrest. I’ve had 5 stents, 1 ablation, 1 pacemaker, out of work for 4 months, and 36 weeks of cardiac rehabilitation. I was without a pulse for up to 20-25 minutes before the AED was able to get my heart back into rhythm.

My wife’s friends who had invited us to the Masters golf tournament last year where I had my cardiac arrest asked us if we were interested in returning. At first I was reluctant and the more I thought about the invite the more I was determined to appreciate the return visit and to have a prayer at the site where I was victim to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

April 11th

Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation Honored in Lansing for Making Michigan Schools 'Cardiac Safe'

LANSING, MI-- Michigan lawmakers recognized Michigan Student Athlete Cardiac Awareness month in April by giving a warm greeting from the House floor to Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation representatives and supporters on Thursday, who are leading the effort to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all Michigan schools.

April 8th

Telephone CPR Could Save Lives, But Only a Handful of States Require Dispatchers to Be Trained for It

When someone calls 911, the time it takes for paramedics to arrive can be the difference between life and death.

Minnesota lawmaker Julie Sandstede knows this. She represents a rural area, where ambulances may take longer to arrive on the scene of a medical emergency.

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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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