Archive - 2019

Archive - 2019

January 21st

Regional Cardiac Arrest Centers Increase Odds of Survival

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death and some hospitals are equipped to play leading role in care.

Key Takeaways

  • Regional cardiac arrest centers would feature hospitals with robust care such as adequate staffing of cardiology, neurology, and critical care teams.
  • In a regional approach to cardiac arrest care, patients treated at the top regional hospitals had a 27% decrease in hazard of death.
  • Diverse teams of clinicians are needed to treat cardiac arrest patients.

Cardiac arrest patients would benefit from a regionalized system of care similar to tiered trauma centers, recent research indicates.

January 20th

CPR in Schools Trains More than 300 Wisconsin Schools, 6,000 students

More than 6,000 students in Wisconsin are trained in hands-only CPR, thanks to the successful program CPR in Schools. This statewide program, funded by a grant from the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, is coming to a close. However, with the skills and equipment provided to schools under this project, thousands of students will continue to be trained each year.

January 19th

Developing Legislation Could Require Wisconsin Teachers to Learn CPR

MILWAUKEE, WI--Wisconsin state law requires students to learn CPR before they graduate from high school, but not their teachers. Now, one state lawmaker is hoping to change that.

Schools in Wisconsin are required to train students in CPR at least once between 7th and 12th grades. But for teachers, that kind of training is voluntary.

“We don't expect teachers to be fully trained first responders, but they should know a few basics and they should especially know when to call for professional help,” State Rep. Daniel Riemer/D-Milwaukee said. Riemer is now working on a bill to better prepare schools for medical emergencies.

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January 17th

Understanding Sudden Cardiac Arrest Drives Bystander Action

Once laypersons understand Sudden Cardiac Arrest, they are highly motivated to give CPR and apply an AED—critical actions that will save more lives.

January 7th

Fluctuating Personal Income May Be Associated With An Increased Heart Disease Risk

DALLAS, TX--Sudden, unpredictable drops in personal income during young adulthood are associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease and/or dying from any cause, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

In the United States, the recent rise in income inequality suggests that a larger proportion of the population faces poverty and economic difficulties. In addition, while most people experience some income change, income volatility has been on the rise and has reached a record high level since 1980.

January 4th

BU's Service-Learning Initiative to Teach Hands-Only CPR to High School Students Is Successful

BOSTON, MA--PumpStart, a community service-learning program created by students at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), that teaches hands-only CPR to the general public, is effective for both teaching high school students a life-saving skill and providing medical students with an opportunity to engage in public health and medical education.

January 2nd

Damian Hinds: Learning Life-Saving Skills in School is Crucial

UK Education Secretary stresses importance of basic life-saving skills and first aid – under plans for health education to become compulsory in all schools.

LONDON, UK--The United Kingdom Education Secretary today underlined the importance of every child having the chance to learn life-saving skills such as CPR and how to get help in a medical emergency, under plans for health education to be taught in every school.

Study Finds ADHD Drugs Are Unlikely to Cause Cardiac Damage in Children Who Take Them

The results contribute important evidence to an ongoing controversy about whether or not MPH is associated with sudden cardiac death.

BUFFALO, NY-- With more than 1.8 million children in the U.S. being treated annually with drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the possibility that such drugs could damage their hearts has been a significant cause of concern for parents and physicians alike.

Now, the results of a long-term National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study published last month in Pediatric Research could allay many of those concerns.

December 31st

A New Model for Increasing Cardiac Arrest Survival Requires We Fix the National AED Shortage, Too

The obvious reason for the AED shortage is the fact these life-saving devices are, with a few exceptions, not legally required at most locations. But voluntary deployments are clearly not getting the job done on their own.

This is the second in a series of articles on the state of affairs in public access automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and the challenges and opportunities we face in deploying them for optimum community preparedness. For the first, see "Squad Goals: Moving the Needle on Sudden Cardiac Arrest Requires a New Model." (October 2018 OH&S).

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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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