Archive - 2014 - Blog entry

Archive - 2014 - Blog entry

June 25th

My SCA story

I know I probably won't spell some words correct so I apologize in advance.

June 22nd

California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Target: Says There is No Common Law Duty Requiring AEDs in Target Stores

In a long-awaited and important AED-related decision, the California Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that there is no common law duty (aka legally imposed obligation) requiring Target Corporation to obtain and make available AEDs in its stores for use in medical emergencies. This result effectively ends the case but the decision will reverberate in California and courts in other states for many years to come.

By way of background, this case began in 2008 when Mary Ann Verdugo, a 49-year-old developmentally disabled shopper with serious health issues, died after experiencing sudden cardiac arrest at a California Target store. The store lacked an AED or an employee trained to use one, though at the time Target sold AEDs on its website.

By Richard Lazar, Readiness Systems

June 10th

The Story of Our Dad

Stuart R. Koenig (June 14, 1947 – September 15, 2012)

Stuart Koenig, far left, at his daughter Kathryn's wedding, five months before his deathMy dad died from sudden cardiac arrest when he was 65. He was active and in shape, he was on cholesterol meds, he detested cigarettes, and I never saw him drink anything stronger than a cabernet. But he still died, playing tennis, and dropped so fast he didn’t even break the impact of his fall with his hands. When they laid him out at the funeral home, his nose looked freshly broken.

June 9th

My Story

Hello! I am a 42yr old mother of 3 children (10,7,4). We had an event happen that has changed us dramatically; and quite honestly, I am having a hard time dealing with it.
(The beginning of the story is told from my husband's point of view because I have no memory of it) On the night of July 28,2013, about 9:30pm, I had just finished up doing some abdominal exercises and was still sitting on the floor. I have a history of irregular heart rythyms (SVT) but nothing lethal. I was apparently talking with my hunny when he says there was a break in the conversation for a few seconds. His attention diverted to the TV and about 10sec or less he heard me make a groaning or gasping sound...and then fall backwards.

May 27th

Need your help to launch my mobile app to save SCA victims !!!

Hello everyone, I am new to this forum so let me know if this is not acceptable.

After years of working on this project, I am about to launch multiple campaigns:

1- to raise awareness of SCA and my approach to alleviate this problem
2- to raise funding to launch my completely free mobile app to save lives
3- to seek endorsements from as many SCA focused organizations as possible

May 26th

I will unavoidably be unable to attend ECCU this year but wanted to share what SLICC has to say anyway.

Our focus at ECCU was going to be on what we can do to fix CPR.

SLICC's notes are at


May 19th

Skeptical California Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in the Target Case

The long court battle in the case of Verdugo v. Target is nearing its end. The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments on May 6, 2014 and a decision is expected by August. I listened to the audio recording of the proceedings and, to my ear, the justices took a skeptical view of the Verdugos’ position that commercial property owners in California must have automated external defibrillators (AEDs). While, as a general rule, one cannot reliably predict the outcome of an appeal from the oral arguments, the justices’ questions and interactions with the lawyers strongly suggest the court will rule in Target’s favor by finding there is no common law duty requiring California businesses to have AEDs.


By Richard A. Lazar

SLICC passes 10,000 trained mark!

As SLICC entered it's eighth year in April, its roster of trained bystanders had reached 10,254.

Our latest annual report is at

After having demonstrated at the AHA Resuscitation Science Symposium that most rescuers are not capable of delivering manual Guideline-Compliant Chest Compressions ("GC3's") for the average time from a cardiac arrest until the ambulance crew is "hands-on" at the victim, and recognizing that nearly seventy percent of all cardiac arrests occur in the home, we have advocated pedal compressions for those who cannot get down on the floor, for those who have problems with their hands / wrists / arms, for those who find they do not weigh enough to perform GC3's, and for those rescuers who are just too tired to continue with manual compressions.

Our class video runs about forty minutes and covers Bystander CPR, AED use, choking emergencies, and stroke recognition.

May 13th

How to travel by plane with AED?

We are seeking advice on how to travel by plane with an AED recently. It seems that there is conflicting information about the airline and TSA restrictions on Lithium metal batteries for flights in the U.S. (Phillips and TSA have said we can't while sales people have said they have flown with it). We're wondering what folks do to travel and minimize risks with access to an AED, both around airports and after arriving and leaving the airport? Has anyone shipped or rented either an AED or battery for use on arrival? Have you found an AED that is allowed on a plane {or train}?
Please share your experiences or resources.
Thank you in advance.

May 12th

Video of My Story

In 2012 I went down in cardiac arrest at the Akron Marathon. I survived after two runners and friends saved my life. I did an event for the Summa Foundation (hospital that got me here today) and here is the video they made of my experience.

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