Archive - 2010 - SCA Article

Archive - 2010 - SCA Article

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.

November 2nd

Primary ICD Implants May Not Benefit Seniors

Rome, Italy - New trials of prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy in seniors are needed, because the seminal studies of ICDs in heart-failure patients do not show a survival benefit in older patients, the authors of a new meta-analysis argue.

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.


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:

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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