Archive - Nov 2010 - SCA Article

Archive - Nov 2010 - SCA Article


November 29th

Win Two Tickets to the 2011 NHL Winter Classic and Ultimate Fan Experience!

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Thought tickets to the Winter Classic were impossible to find? Great news! The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is conducting a raffle for the Winter Classic Ultimate Fan Experience. The lucky winner will receive:

November 18th

How the New AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC May Help Improve Survival Rates

The 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care) may well jumpstart survival rates from sudden unexpected Cardiac Arrest occurring Outside the Hospital (OHCA) from the dismal national average of 7(1)-8.5(2)   to 20% or more.

November 16th

FDA Launches Initiative to Develop Innovative External Defibrillators

Safety concerns on the devices that treat abnormal heart rhythms also to be addressed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced a program aimed at facilitating the development of safer, more effective external defibrillators used to treat abnormal heart rhythms through improved design and manufacturing practices.

External defibrillators are medical devices designed to diagnose life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms and treat them by delivering electrical energy to the heart to restore its normal rhythm. When used in the first few minutes following a cardiac arrest, they can save lives.

November 13th

Survivors: Have a Few Minutes?

Do you have a few minutes to complete a brief survey? Lumei Tuomala, a third year medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is conducting a survey on the quality of life experienced by people who survive sudden cardiac arrest. The study will also analyze differences among survivors less than 35 years of age, compared with survivors 35 years of age or older.

The survey consists of six parts. It asks for basic demographic information (age now, age at the time of arrest, sex, etc.), underlying medical conditions, coping mechanisms, family involvement, and psychiatric counseling interventions. 

November 10th

Saving Lives, Saving Data

Leo Mcfarland, Nadine Levick, MD, David SchwittekThe Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is part of an  international interdisciplinary group led by the EMS Safety Foundation that is developing a mobile phone application that provides CPR/AED instruction, real-time coaching in emergencies, the location of the nearest AED. The app also records resuscitation efforts for research purposes. 

November 8th

Pittsburgh Police Officers Save Fellow Officer

Authorities are crediting two Allegheny County deputies for saving a McKeesport officer's life at the City County Building in downtown Pittsburgh on Monday. According to officials, Officer Todd Gebis fell down a set of stairs after going into cardiac arrest.

Deputies Anthony Fratto and Scott McCarthy were nearby and gave Gebis CPR while they waited for paramedics to arrive.

November 7th

Bystanders Help Save a Life

OTTAWA, CANADA--Bystanders helped save the life of a 67-year-old Ottawa man Saturday evening after he went into cardiac arrest at the Royal Canadian Legion in Barrhaven. Paramedics spokesman Steven Leu said paramedics received a call for a man having difficulty breathing just after 7 p.m. As they rushed to the scene, the man went into cardiac arrest.

November 3rd

The Research Supporting Compression-Only CPR

In the 2010 guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the American Heart Association (AHA) made several important changes including calling for chest compressions first before attempting rescue breathing.

Evolving Guidelines

For 40 years, the AHA promoted the A-B-Cs of CPR: airway, breathing, compressions. Now, it says C-A-B is the way to go. The organization makes this change amid mounting evidence since 2005 that suggests chest compressions alone are at least equivalent, if not superior, to compressions plus rescue breathing.

Comorbidities, Inadequate Training Result in More ICD Lead Dislodgements

Baltimore, MD--Implantable defibrillator leads are more likely to be dislodged from the myocardium if the patient has comorbidities or if the implanter is not a trained electrophysiologist, data from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) show.

Dr Alan Cheng (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD) and colleagues analyzed 2,628 cases of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) lead dislodgement in 226,764 patients treated between 2006 and 2008 in the Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Registry part of the NCDR. Results of their analysis are published in the November 9, 2010 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Jamie Dixon Joins SCA Foundation Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH—The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today announced that Jamie Dixon, Head Coach, University of Pittsburgh Men’s Basketball, has joined the organization’s Board of Directors as Honorary Chairman. Jamie, who was named 2010 Big East Coach of the Year and Jim Phalen National Coach of the Year, is a strong advocate for the Foundation’s mission to raise awareness and save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. His sister, Maggie Dixon, died suddenly from cardiac arrest in 2006 when she was 28. She had been women’s basketball coach of the United States Military Academy at West Point, which later established the Maggie Dixon Classic in her honor.

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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