Archive - 2010 - SCA Article

Archive - 2010 - SCA Article

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

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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.

Hands-Only CPR Saves More Lives

CHICAGO (AP) — Hands-only CPR doesn't just eliminate the "yuck factor." A new study shows it can save more lives.

It's the first large American study to show more adults survived cardiac arrest when a bystander gave them continuous chest presses to simulate a heartbeat, compared to traditional CPR with mouth-to-mouth breathing.

"Anyone who can put one hand on top of the other, lock their elbows and push hard and fast can do this. No risk, no fear of causing harm," said lead author Dr. Ben Bobrow of the Arizona Department of Health Services in Phoenix.

"We want to take away all the reasons bystanders do nothing when they witness another person collapse."

With hands-only CPR, advocates say, potential rescuers don't have to contemplate what for some could be the "yuck factor" of putting their mouth to an unconscious person's mouth and breathing for them.

October 5th

Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) Receives Legislative Award from Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) today received a legislative award from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition for her leadership in sponsoring the Josh Miller Helping Everyone Access Responsive Treatment in Schools (HEARTS) Act, which the House passed in June 2009. The Josh Miller HEARTS Act, or H.R. 1380, will establish a federal grant program that enables elementary and secondary schools across the nation to access automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

CPR Guidelines to Be Simplified

Boston, MA -- Remember old-fashioned CPR? You were supposed to clear the airway, push on the chest, give mouth-to-mouth breaths, and check for a pulse every once in a while. The procedure has been streamlined for cases when a person suddenly collapses and has no pulse or heartbeat. In this situation, the American Heart Association says to forgo airway clearing, breaths, and pulse checks and just concentrate on pushing on the chest—a procedure called “hands only” CPR.

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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