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October 29th

Oregon Schools May Be Required to Have AEDs

ISSAQHAH, WA (PRWEB) --The Oregon Legislature has approved a new bill that would require emergency heart-starting equipment in schools.

If passed, all schools would be required to have Automated Emergency Defibrillators (AEDs); however, some schools are concerned about the cost of the medical equipment. The law would require school districts to pay, update, and maintain the equipment and train staff members on using the equipment.

Each year, more than 950,000 adult Americans die from cardiovascular disease, making it the number one killer in the United States. At least 295,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest before they reach the hospital.

External defibrillators or AEDs are a portable electronic device that can stop heart arrhythmia and thereby help the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. These new devices are designed to be used by non-medical personnel who have received AED training; much like the CPR training many people receive.

Phone Booth Makeover

AED Installed in Former Phone Booth in Leicestershire County, England

LEICESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND-- Villagers of Leicestershire, a county in the middle of England, have worked with a national charity, the Community HeartBeat Trust, to raise £2,000 to buy an automated external defibrillator (AED). All villagers and local emergency medical services personnel have been given a number to call so the device can be accessed quickly. Conservative MP for Bosworth David Tredinnick unveiled the safety device today. It is housed in a secure box with keypad access inside the telephone booth, which is now owned by the local parish council. Volunteers have received training from local first responders and are better prepared to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

SOURCE: BBC News

Making SCA a Reportable Condition

A Public Policy Change That Could Improve Survival

by Mary Newman

Sudden unexpected cardiac arrest occurring outside the hospital (OHCA) strikes 295,000 Americans of all ages each year (1). Unfortunately, OHCA survival rates have languished at a dismal 7% for decades (2). OHCA is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind all cancers and other heart conditions (3).

A vast body of research has proven that certain critical interventions profoundly improve the odds of neurologically intact survival and minimize future life-threatening risks. These include the following:

October 25th

One in Three Survives in Thomasville, Georgia, Thanks to New Device

THOMASVILLE, GA-- Thomas County Emergency Medical Service Co-Director Tim Coram reported to the Board of Commissioners today, Oct 26, that due to the use of new equipment, cardiac arrest survival rates in Thomas County have increased significantly. The new equipment, known as a “Lucas 2 Device” was put into use in April 2010. At that time, Lucas devices were placed in all 5 front line ambulances operated by Thomas County. In 2009, Thomas County EMS transported 37 cardiac arrest patients with a survival rate of 18.9%. So far, in 2010 with the Lucas device in service, EMS transported 44 cardiac arrest patients with a survival rate of 32.0%. Captain Coram stated, “When the proposal to purchase the Lucas devices was made to the Board of Commissioners, we told you it would save more lives and that prediction has proven true.”

October 21st

Two Trials to Study Use of Hypothermia in Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Patients

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is funding the first large scale, multi-center study to help determine the best treatment for children who are successfully resuscitated after a cardiac arrest.

The study, entitled “Therapeutic Hypothermia after Pediatric Cardiac Arrest (THAPCA)”, will evaluate whether regulating the body temperature will improve the outcome for children after cardiac arrest. There is a separate study for children who arrest in the hospital (THAPCA-IH) and children who arrest out of the hospital (THAPCA-OH).

The goal of these two trials is to determine if therapeutic hypothermia improves survival with good neurobehavioral outcome in children who have had a cardiac arrest.

October 18th

New AHA Guidelines Call for C-A-B

The American Heart Association is re-arranging the ABCs of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in its 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Recommending that chest compressions be the first step for lay and professional rescuers to revive victims of sudden cardiac arrest, the association said the A-B-Cs (Airway-Breathing-Compressions) of CPR should now be changed to C-A-B (Compressions-Airway-Breathing).

October 17th

SCA Foundation Announces Fall Video Contest

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced its Fall Video Contest. This year, the SCA Foundation is partnering with the Citizen CPR Foundation to conduct its Fall 2010 Video Contest. Unlike the SCA Foundation’s previous video contests, this one is open to all interested parties, not just students. Videos or public service announcements (PSAs) must be 90 seconds or less in duration and should aim to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and emergency cardiovascular care, including CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The deadline is November 18. Winners will be announced Dec. 8-10 during the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, a biennial conference of the Citizen CPR Foundation.

October 13th

Give Today and Your Gift Will Go Further

Gifts made on October 13 should be made at www.pittsburghgives.org

We need your help. In the next 24 hours, more than 800 unsuspecting people from across the United States will collapse suddenly and become the latest victims of sudden cardiac arrest. On average, only 7 percent of them will survive.

We find this unacceptable, especially when some communities have achieved survival rates of 38 percent or more. That's whywe at the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation are working hard every day to raise awareness and save lives. We envision a day when survival from sudden cardiac arrest will be the norm, rather than the exception.

Our mission is "to raise awareness and support programs that give 'ordinary' people the power to save a life." What are we working on? Here are just a few examples. So far, we have…

October 7th

Paying It Forward: The Chain of Survival in a New Era

PITTSBURGH--On March 3, 2009, James Zoretich, suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Fortunately Moon Township, PA, Police Officer Doug Busch was on duty and he rushed to the rescue to save Jim’s life. Jim later received state-of-the-art post resuscitation care at The Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Allegheny General Hospital, West Penn Health System, Pittsburgh, including mild therapeutic hypothermia and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy.

October 6th

More Than 40 Organizations Issue Call to Action on Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Groups Gather on Capitol Hill as CPR Turns 50 Years Old

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 5, 2010 — In a powerful demonstration of collective standing in the healthcare community, more than 40 organizations gathered on Capitol Hill to issue a call to action in reducing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) deaths. A briefing was organized by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition (SCAC) and held at the Rayburn House Office Building on the 50th anniversary of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.

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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