Archive - Apr 2011 - SCA Article

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April 26th

Lady Gaga Fan Saved with AED at Concert

NASHVILLE--At a recent Lady Gaga concert in Tennessee, 33-year-old Crystal Thorton suffered a seizure and her heart stopped beating.  In a crowded show, EMTs were able to respond quickly, and with the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), were able to get her heart beating again after five minutes.  Doctors said Friday that without the EMTs having access to an AED, Thorton would not have survived.

April 22nd

Canadian Prime Minister Announces $10 Million Plan for AEDs in Hockey Arenas and Recreation Centers

CONCEPTION BAY, NL, Canada--Today Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a $10 million plan to fund life-saving automated external defibrillators and related training in hockey arenas and community recreation centers across Canada.

April 19th

iRescU App Featured in AM New York

iRescU, a mobile application designed to help bystanders resuscitate victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), was featured today in a story in AM NewYork about five free mobile apps that can save a life. iRescU is being developed by an international team, led by Nadine Levick, MD, of the EMS Safety Foundation.  Among other things, iRescU provides instruction in CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), plus the location of the nearest AED. It may be described as the "Wikipedia" of resuscitation apps, since interested parties worldwide can provide AED locations that will be universally available through cloud technology.

April 12th

SCA Coalition Elects 2011 Leadership

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition, an ad hoc coalition of more than 40 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a common interest in preventing death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), has elected new leadership. The 2011 Co-Chairs of the Coalition, Lisa Levine, President of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA), and Mary Newman, President of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCA FDN), will lead the Coalition in pursuit of its mission to work collaboratively on federal legislative and regulatory initiatives that influence greater public awareness, funding for research, and improved access to lifesaving therapies. 

April 8th

Teen Dies in Gym Class

NEW BOSTON, Texas — A 15-year-old Northeast Texas boy has died after collapsing at school during gym class. Superintendent Gary VanDeaver with New Boston High School says Steave Surratt collapsed shortly before noon Thursday. VanDeaver says a defibrillator, at the school, was used on the boy. The freshman died later at a Texarkana hospital. Van Deaver said he was informed by a doctor that Surratt suffered sudden cardiac arrest.An autopsy has been ordered.

April 6th

Hypothermia Shown to Improve Odds of Survival and Outcomes for SCA Survivors

The successful use and evaluation of therapeutic hypothermia to improve survival and reduce the risk of neurological consequences following an out-of-hospital heart attack are explored in the premier issue of Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management, a new quarterly peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. This groundbreaking new publication covers all aspects of hypothermia and temperature considerations relevant to this exciting field, including its application in cardiac arrest, spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, stroke, myocardial ischemia, neurogenic fever, emergency medicine, ICU management, anesthesiology, pediatrics, and much more. The inaugural issue is available free online here. 

Cheerleader Suffers Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Lives to Thank Her Coaches

LINTON TWP. — A 16-year-old girl collapsed in cardiac arrest during cheerleader tryouts at North Hunterdon High School on Tuesday night and was flown to Morristown Memorial Hospital after receiving CPR from police, school staff and a parent.

She was “awake and doing OK” at the hospital this morning, according to school spokeswoman Maren Smagala. The victim’s mother told police that her daughter suffers from sports-induced asthma, which may have caused the attack.

Sudden Death in NCAA Athletes Higher than Previously Estimated

New calculations of young athletes' risk might influence guidelines for health screenings

DALLAS, April 4, 2011 -- About one in 44,000 National Collegiate Athletic Association athletes suffers sudden cardiac death each year, according to a new study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

The death rate — higher than many estimates for young athletes — could influence health screening guidelines for youths in organized sports, researchers said.

April 5th

Two Hockey Players Suffer SCA on Same Day

The one treated immediately with a defibrillator survived

ONTARIO--Ottawa paramedics are calling for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be made available at public places after two incidents involving hockey players Tuesday night.


Saving Lives Can Be a Hairy Proposition

TORONTOApril 6 -- With the postseason beginning next week, many NHL players are set to support a great cause by growing out their playoff beards - and they want hockey fans to join them.

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