Archive - 2010 - SCA Article

Archive - 2010 - SCA Article

May 12th

SCA Foundation Announces First Affiliate at HRS

Denver, Colo. – The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation announced at Heart Rhythm 2010, the Heart Rhythm Society's 31st Annual Scientific Sessions, that it will launch the first virtual affiliate of its National Survivor Network™ on June 1 in Phoenix, Arizona. The affiliate will help to localize global awareness efforts and mobilize advocates to extend the Foundation’s mission.

"Having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation affiliate in Arizona will be a tremendous addition to the Save Hearts in Arizona Registry & Education (SHARE) Program,” said Bentley J. Bobrow, Medical Director, Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of EMS and Trauma System. “It will offer substantial resources and important information to our cardiac arrest survivors."

May 10th

National EMS Week Kicks Off May 16th

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) will
kick off the 37th annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week starting May
16th with events in communities across the nation, as well as several national
events organized around the theme, "Anytime. Anywhere. We'll be

EMS providers include paramedics, emergency medical
technicians, first responders, fire fighters and police, some paid, some
volunteer. National EMS Week will feature hundreds of grassroots activities
coast-to-coast, including safety demonstrations, fire truck and ambulance
tours, blood pressure screenings and educational programs. 


Emergency Physicians Recommend Strategies for Improving SCA Survival

IBystander CPR is Key

Ninety percent of U.S. emergency physicians believe that resuscitation practices aren’t very effective and support a number of strategies designed to improve resuscitation for people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest, according to a survey released Friday by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Of the 1,056 who responded to the State of Resuscitation survey, 88 percent said bystander CPR intervention is an important factor in boosting survival, along with getting patients to doctors more quickly (77 percent), better data collection and sharing (73 percent), automated technologies (66 percent), and real-time feedback on chest compressions (65 percent).

May 7th

Calling Arizona Survivors

Survivors of sudden cardiac arrest from
Arizona and their guests are invited to participate in the launch of
the Arizona Affiliate of the SCA Foundation's National SCA Survivor Network on Tuesday, June 1 in

The Network gives SCA survivors and their families an opportunity to:
• Connect with others who have experienced similar life-changing events
• Share experiences and help one another in the healing process
• Participate in research and awareness initiatives designed to help save more lives.

Become part of a national movement to raise awareness and
help save other lives. For information: info [at] sca-aware [dot] org or 877-722-3475;

Sam Sears, PhD, SCA Foundation Adviser, to Present at Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Sessions

The ways spouses and significant others influence outcomes for
patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) will beexplored by Samuel F. Sears, PhD,
on May 14, at the Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Sessions in Denver.
The presentation will be part of a session on the influence of social
relationships on outcomes for ICD patients.

Dr. Sears is a member of the SCA Foundation Advisory Council and Director of Health Psychology Program East Carolina University, Department of Psychology, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences.

For more information about Dr. Sears, click here.

To read some of his publications, visit the SCA Foundation library here:

April 29th

SCA Foundation Gears Up for Pittsburgh Marathon

Project Partner StreetSmart Segway Teams Up with Pittsburgh EMS for Ride-Along

Pittsburgh, Penn. – April 30,
– The Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Foundation, an affiliate charity partner, will participate with a team of
runners, walkers and volunteers in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh
Marathon on Sunday, May 2. The ‘You Can Save a Life’ team will be running in
memory of those lost to sudden cardiac arrest, in honor of hundreds of
survivors, and in the hope of raising awareness to increase survival worldwide.

April 21st

Jennifer Bassett Honored By NAWBO for Volunteer Service

PITTSBURGH--Jennifer Bassett was one of 29 area volunteers recognized by the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners during the Tenth Annual Make the Connection Awards Gala on April 21. "Often, it is the hard-working person in the background who never gets (his or her) name in lights or even in a program, who keeps the wheels of a volunteer machine moving," said Jill Kummer, Chapter President. "Strong communities exist because of the thousands of dedicated volunteers and service organizations that support us in so may ways."

Awards were presented by Randy Grossman, former Pittsburgh Steeler. "There is something about Pittsburgh--there is no place nicer. It is a  vibrant community, made more special by its tremendous sense of service and volunteerism."

April 20th

Runner Saved at Boston Marathon

BOSTON -- A man running the Boston Marathon Monday was saved by spectators and fellow athletes after he collapsed and suffered cardiac arrest. Carleton Smith, 64, collapsed and staggered to the ground at the intersection of Beacon and Mountfort streets in Kenmore Square at about 1:20 p.m. The location is less than two miles from the end of the race. Spectators and fellow runners began CPR as a nearby ambulance crew was called.

"That was probably the greatest thing that could have happened to that man when he fell down," said Janell Jimenez of EMS. She and her partner then began to use a defibrillator to resuscitate Smith, who is from Louisiana.

"We were doing CPR and ended up bringing him to the back of the ambulance where we got a pulse and he started breathing on his own," said Jimenez.


SOURCE: The Boston Channel

April 15th

Survivor Nation: The Origins of the SCA Foundation National Survivor Network

So far, at least--few victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survive. The national average still languishes at 7%. Unfortunately, therefore, few people live to tell about their experiences.

We established the National Survivor Network to bring survivors together--to support one another and to help save other lives. The Network was highlighted in the April issue of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. More:

For more information about the Network, contact Jeremy Whitehead at Jeremy.Whitehead@sca-awareorg.

Raise Awareness About SCA...and Your Organization

Sponsor the SCA Foundation Pittsburgh Marathon Team

PA--Looking for visibility in Pittsburgh or in the running world? Sign up for the "Pittsburgh Presence" sponsorship package and help support the SCA Foundation Pittsburgh Marathon Team. Our team is one of 30 selected charities participating in the DIck's Sporting Goods
Pittsburgh Marathon--the nation's third largest marathon--on Sunday, May 2. Sponsorship levels begin at $1,000 for the Pittsburgh Marathon component of the Pittsburgh Presence package. Sponsor at a higher level and gain visibility at the SCA Foundation annual awards reception on October 7th and in other SCA Foundation initiatives.

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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