Archive - 2011 - SCA Article

Archive - 2011 - SCA Article

December 29th

NY Health Clubs Have Legal Obligation to Use AEDs

NEW YORK, NY-- New York health clubs have a legal obligation to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on members experiencing cardiac episodes, a unanimous New York appeals court ruled.

The Appellate Division, Second Department, opinion published Thursday is the first time the court has recognized an affirmative duty for health clubs to use AEDs--which are required to be on-site in New York health clubs, along with an employee trained to use them--under New York's General Business Law 627-a.

"Although the statute does not contain any provision that specifically imposes an affirmative duty upon the facility to make use of its required AEDs, it also does not contain any provision stating there is no duty to act," Justice Sandra Sgroi wrote for the unanimous four-judge panel. "Moreover, it is illogical to conclude that no such duty exists."

Indiana Police Officers Saves a Life

SEYMOUR, IN--A 56-year-old Seymour man may likely received an early Christmas present from an unlikely source — two police officers. And if the man doesn’t feel that way, the two officers do.

“It made my Christmas,” Officer Mat Carver said of his role in helping the man, who was suffering from severe cardiac arrest.

Officer James Handley, who is Carver’s field training officer, agreed. “We’re on Cloud Nine,” Handley said of the incident that occurred just two days before Christmas.

Seymour Capt. Don Walker said many will claim that Handley and Carver were just doing what was expected of them or what they are paid to do. “This is true,” Walker said. “However, rarely does one get to save a life of another human being, whether you are a first responder or just your average citizen.”

December 28th

Texas Teen Posts Video About His Near-Death Experiences... One Week Before His Sudden Death on Christmas Day

A Texas teenager with a life-threatening heart condition spoke about his life in a video posted on YouTube days before his death. Ben Breedlove, 18, died on Christmas day, but the teenager left one last video about his life for more than 60,000 followers on YouTube, according to KXAN News in Austin.

Breedlove had been using several YouTube channels to talk about the effects of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle becomes thick that makes it harder for blood to leave the heart. Using notecards as a visual aid, Breedlove talks about his condition and how it impacted his life.

“The first time I cheated death was when I was 4,” he wrote on one card. “I had a life-threatening seizure, scary right?” Breedlove talks about having a pacemaker installed and how his heart started to give him trouble again.

December 22nd

Alcohol, Obesity Common Causes of Sudden Death

Between 1998 and 2007, researchers in Finland performed postmortem examinations at the department of forensic medicine, University of Oulu. Causes of non-ischemic sudden cardiac death (SCD) were analyzed separately for those aged younger than 40 years, 40 to 59 years and older than 60 years. 

The study data were derived from 2,661 people who died of SCD. The autopsy data were combined with the hospital patient records and questionnaires completed by relatives of SCD victims to improve diagnostic accuracy.

According to results, CAD was the most prevalent cause of SCD (78.2%), whereas nonischemic causes of SCD were found in 579 of the 2,661 people who died of SCD (21.8%; mean age, 55 years; 78% men). More than 81% of nonischemic SCDs occurred in the home compared with ischemic SCDs (71%).

December 20th

Rural AED Program to be Restored to FY10 Funding Level

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the final FY12 appropriations bill that includes $2.5 million (minus a 0.189% cut across the board cut for all programs in the bill) for the Health Research and Service Administration's Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program. The final bill passed the House and Senate and is now waiting for the President's signature.

"We commend everyone who was involved in advocating for this important measure," said Mary Newman, President of the SCA Foundation and Co-Chair of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition.

December 19th

Could This Be A Game-Changer?

Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of 2011 Would Provide Broad Good Samaritan Protection

Only two percent of people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) outside hospitals are treated with an automated external defibrillator (AED) by a bystander.(1) Sometimes lay bystanders hesitate to act because they are concerned about liability risks, particularly if they have not been trained in the use of the device. Concerns can be heightened when signage warns “For trained personnel only.”

For similar reasons, businesses often hesitate to establish AED programs, even though they recognize that AEDs save lives. When businesses have locations in multiple states with different laws, the issue becomes even more complex.

December 18th

British Heart Foundation Releases Hands-Only Video

British Heart Foundation Releases New Ad Campaign

The British Heart Foundation has issued a new ad campaign designed to educate the public about the need for bystander intervention in cases of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

The ad features celebrity Vinnie Jones, who shows how hard and fast "Hands-only CPR" to the beat of "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees can help save the life of someone who has had a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).


December 16th

Pens Charity ASSIST Raffle a Great Success

Amanda Seagle draws winning ticketPITTSBURGH--More than 40 volunteers, including college students, helped raise funds for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation earlier this week through the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Charity ASSIST Raffle. The Pens Foundation established the Raffle to help Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organizations pursue their respective missions. A different nonprofit is chosen for each home game; the SCA Foundation was selected for the Pens vs. the Detroit Red Wings game on December 13.

Though the Pens did not win that night, the SCA Foundation turned out to be a big winner. Sales of $5 raffle tickets came to more than $11,000 and the Foundation will receive proceeds of about $7,000. Robert Kerr held the winning raffle ticket and will receive a $4,000 prize.

December 14th

CMS Coverage Reaffirmed for Wearable Defibrillators

CHELMSFORD, MASS.–The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Durable Medical Equipment Medical Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) reaffirmed the current coverage policy across all indications for wearable defibrillators. 

CMS coverage for wearable defibrillators was established in 2005. In August, 2011, the DME MACs considered changes to the Medicare coverage for the wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) as part of a draft Local Coverage Determination (LCD) for Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs).

December 12th

ADHD Does Not Increase Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Researchers, funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Agency for Health Research Quality, recently studied the cardiovascular risk of ADHD medications in adults.

The study found little evidence that the medications increased the risk of heart events, such as heart attack, sudden cardiac death, and stroke. The concerns stem from the fact that some of the medications are able to slightly increase heart rate and blood pressure levels.

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