Archive - May 2011 - SCA Article

Archive - May 2011 - SCA Article


May 17th

Call to Action: Contact Your Senators and Ask Them to Save the Rural and Community AED Act

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition supports the efforts of Senators Kent Conrad and Chuck Grassley to ensure continued funding for HRSA’s Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program in the FY 2012 Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations bill. They have circulated a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services and Education asking the Subcommittee to continue support for the lifesaving program. Their letter does not specify an amount for the program, but simply asks for its continued support. The deadline for Senators to sign is this is Friday, May 20. Please ask your Senators to contact Senator Conrad's office on 202-224-2043 or Senator Grassley office at 202-224-3744 and sign this letter. 

Man Survives 96 Minutes Without a Heartbeat

ROCHESTER, Minn.--A 54-year-old man is the first known person to survive sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) neurologically intact after spending 96 minutes without a heartbeat, according to an article in today's Wall Street Journal. Howard Snitzer, a chef from Goodhue, Minnesota, collapsed in January outside a grocery store, when bystanders rushed to his aid and took turns administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Medical teams, led by Roger White, MD, of the Mayo Medical Center, continued resuscitation efforts longer than usual because of the use of capnography, which indicated the victim was still viable. According to Dr. White and colleagues, Mr. Snitzer experienced "complete neurologic recovery." They described the episode as "the longest duration of pulselessness in an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with a good outcome.

Edina, MN, Ranked First for SCA Survival

MINNEAPOLIS--Edina residents are more than twice as likely to survive a sudden cardiac arrest than the nationwide average, according to a study conducted by the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) program.

May 13th

A Safer Place to Read: DC Libraries Install AEDs

Newswise — (Washington, DC) - People who suffer sudden cardiac arrest at District libraries now have access to automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) at all locations thanks to a partnership between the Federation of Friends of DC Public Library, Mended Hearts, Inc. and The George Washington University Cheney Cardiovascular Institute.

May 12th

Penn Researchers Host Meeting to Explore Systems Approach for Improving SCA Survival

PHILADELPHIA--Researchers from the Organizational Dynamics Program at the University of Pennsylvania hosted a meeting on April 29 designed to encourage participants to view survival from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurring outside hospitals from a perspective that challenges current thinking. Co-Chairs, Larry Starr, PhD, and Allan Braslow, PhD, described three ways to think about the world:

Call to Action: Ask Congress to Save the Rural and Community AED Program

Obama Proposes Eliminating Funds for Rural and Community AED Program

A victim’s chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) more than doubles with immediate CPR and early defibrillation with an AED.  Many rural areas and small communities cannot make the investment needed to protect their citizens from SCA. The federal government’s Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program can help those communities, but President Obama has proposed eliminating funding for this program. The Rural and Community AED Program helps rural areas and small communities by providing competitively awarded grants that allow states to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs), train lay rescuers and first responders in their use, and place them in public areas where sudden cardiac arrests are likely to occur.

May 10th

Gene Variant May Predict Sudden Cardiac Death Risk for Blacks

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have pinpointed a common gene variant in blacks that may be associated with the development of life-threatening heart arrhythmias. The finding may help determine which patients are likely to benefit most from implantable cardio-defibrillators (ICDs).

May 9th

It's Time to Put the "Public" in Public Defibrillation

Many people say they would shy away from using a defibrillator.

Boston, MA (PRWEB)--Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are the best—and often last—hope for people who collapse when their hearts lapse into a fast, irregular, and deadly heartbeat known as ventricular fibrillation. These shock-delivering devices are becoming a standard fixture in airports, malls, casinos, office buildings, and other public places. They are so easy to use, and the directions on them are so clear and straightforward, that school kids can learn to use them. Yet, according to the May 2011 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter, many people say they would shy away from using a defibrillator.

Genetic Defects May Predict Sudden Cardiac Death Risk

Sudden cardiac death is always a shocking, tragic event, especially when it occurs at a young age. But, for the first time, scientists are unraveling how genetic defects can help predict the risk of dying suddenly in individuals with one of the leading causes of this unfortunate phenomenon.

This knowledge could guide treatment and potentially lessen the occurrence of sudden cardiac death in patients with Long QT syndrome, a rare, inherited heart rhythm disorder. It could also provide insight into the assessment and treatment of the millions of people who experience cardiac arrhythmias – irregular heart rhythms that cause the heart to beat too fast or too slow and can lead to sudden death if not corrected.

FDA Elevates Level of AED Recall

WASHINGTON -- The FDA has elevated the status of a recall of a semi-automatic external defibrillator series to class I -- the agency's most serious -- because of a defect that cancels the shock it is meant to deliver.

Manufacturer Defibtech said in a statement that the Lifeline AED and ReviveR AED brands of the DDU-100 series with 2.004 software and earlier may fail to provide therapy to patients as the device cancels its shock while charging.

The devices may also cancel a shock-ready charge in high humidity and condensing conditions.

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