Archive - 2010 - SCA Article

Archive - 2010 - SCA Article

June 30th

Bystander Makes a Difference

CHESTERTON, IN–Chesterton, Indiana, Fire Department (CFD) firefighters saved a life on Tuesday at a bowling alley with a couple of shocks from an automated external defibrillator (AED).

But they had a helping pair of hands from a citizen at the scene.

Lt. Jamie Hicks told the Chesterton Tribune today that the CFD was dispatched to bowling alley—just around the corner from the fire house—in response to a report of a full cardiac arrest.

On the firefighters’ arrival, a woman whom Hicks identified as the owner’s wife and a nurse was already administering CPR to the victim, a retirement-aged gentleman.

“We took over CPR and then applied the AED,” Hicks said. “We shocked him two times. Then we did more CPR. By the time EMS got to the scene and we loaded the man into the ambulance, he was talking and breathing,” Hicks said.

June 28th

Traveler Saved at New Orleans Airport

Thanks to the heroic efforts a quick-acting bystander and the on-site availability of an automated external defibrillator, a tragedy was averted and a life saved recently at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. On a recent June morning, Gaylord Hall and his wife were using the check-in kiosk at the Delta ticket lobby, when Hall suddenly collapsed. Dennis Tracey, M.D., the medical science liaison for Birmingham, Ala.-based Veinwave USA, happened to be nearby. He stepped in and quickly determined that Hall was not breathing and had no pulse. Tracey immediately began emergency medical treatment until the on-site paramedics arrived.

June 9th

Quick, Consistent, Uninterrupted Chest Compressions Save Lives

Quick, consistent and uninterrupted chest compressions are key to survival from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), according to a new study by the Research Outcomes Consortium (ROC), a clinical trial network focused on prehospital SCA and severe traumatic injury. 

"We learned there were too many interruptions in chest compressions
during CPR," explains Ahamed Idris, M.D., Professor of Surgery and
Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "By doing vigorous chest compressions, without interruption, a
person can actually produce reasonable circulation to help that person
stay alive until a professional arrives."

In the past, CPR instruction focused on a sequence of 30 chest
compressions, followed by two breaths, then another 30 compressions and
two breaths.

June 4th

SCA Foundation Launches Arizona Affiliate of National Survivor Network™

Celebrating RebirthdaysPhoenix, AZ--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, in cooperation with the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and the Arizona Department of Health Services SHARE (Save Hearts in Arizona Registry and Education) Program, launched the Arizona Affiliate of the National Survivor Network™ this week in Phoenix. The Network gives survivors and their families an opportunity to find others who have experienced this life‐changing event, share experiences and help one another in the healing process, and participate in research and awareness initiatives designed to help save more lives.

June 2nd

SCA Foundation and IWearYourShirt Partner to Celebrate CPR-AED Awareness Week

IWearYourShirtWe're thrilled to partner with today to celebrate National CPR/AED Awareness Week and to spread the word about how you can save a life. We want you to celebrate too, so we're issuing a video challenge!

May 30th

Are Your Neighbors Prepared for Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

ATLANTA, GA--The odds of surviving cardiac arrest may depend
on which part of town you call home and whether anyone in the neighborhood
comes to your rescue by attempting to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation
(CPR), according to a first-of-its-kind study in the June issue of the Annals
of Internal Medicine

May 25th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors Invited to Launch Arizona Affiliate of National Network

Phoenix, AZ – May 25, 2010 – The
University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, Arizona Department of Health
Services SHARE Program, and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation invite sudden
cardiac arrest survivors, their families and health activists* to join them at
the launch of the National SCA Survivor Network™ Arizona Affiliate, taking
place on June 1 in Phoenix. Guests are invited to meet other survivors, find
fellowship and support, learn from the experts, and become part of a national
movement to raise public awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and save other

What: National SCA Survivor
Network™ Arizona Affiliate Launch Luncheon
When: Tuesday, June 1, 2010,
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

May 23rd

The Joint Commission Convenes Panel to Develop SCA Performance Measures

Bobby Khan, MD, PhD Represents Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on Panel

Sudden cardiac arrest accounts for approximately 350,000
deaths in the United States annually; while many of those affected have a
history of cardiac disease, countless others have no cardiac history and are
unaware of any risk factors.  While
there are isolated efforts to reduce the incidence of and mortality from sudden
cardiac arrest, there are no formal, evidence-based guidelines or standards
that are uniformly recognized and employed.  Realizing the potential for significant improvement in the
prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest, The Joint Commission
convened a Stakeholder Panel in April 2009.  The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation participated in this

May 20th

EMS to the Rescue

The first responders and paramedics at the Minnesota Twins' Target Field stadium personify the theme of this year's EMS Week: "Anytime. Anywhere. We'll Be There." On April 21st, Pat Hall suffered a cardiac arrest at a Twins baseball game at Target Field. Volunteer paramedics, first responders, nurses, and doctors performed CPR and got her to a hospital, using a defibrillator during transport. The SCA survivor appeared at the Hennepin County Medical Center this past Wednesday along with her husband to thank everyone who helped save her life.  


May 14th

His Best Round Ended On The15th Tee

Bill Kushubar, Harrisburg, PA –54 at time of event (2009)

Bill Kushubar Bill says he’s not much of a golfer, in fact he doesn’t play anymore. It’s just isn’t the same game for him. He also doesn’t eat breakfast sausages anymore, the last ones were especially cooked on the grill that Sunday morning. But he does stay in touch with his golfing buddies. Especially Charlie.

Charlie Sourbeer had learned CPR 15 years earlier at work. He remembered how to do it, and Bill can testify to that fact.

“On the 15th hole I fell over. My friends thought I was kidding because I hit a bad shot! But then [he] saw I was turning purple. He [Charlie] started CPR, including mouth to mouth,” Bill said with admiration.

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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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