Archive - Sep 2011 - SCA Article

Archive - Sep 2011 - SCA Article

September 30th

Giving Goes Mobile: Donate from Anywhere on October 4th

To donate on October 4th, visit and select Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation's third annual community-wide Day of Giving event on October 4th is going mobile for the first time. Donors will be able to access the on-line giving platform and make gifts to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation by using smart phones and tablets as well as home or work computers.

"This is a great enhancement that further underscores new opportunities for philanthropy in our digital age," said Grant Oliphant, The Pittsburgh Foundation's President and CEO. "Donors will have the convenience of being able to access our on-line giving program from anywhere in the U.S., or for that matter, anywhere in the world."

All donation transactions via mobile devices or computers during the 24-hour Day of Giving are secure and encrypted.

September 21st

Senate Subcommittee Votes to Restore Funding for the Rural AED Act

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education yesterday voted to set aside $2.5 million for the HRSA's Rural Access to Emergency Devices (AED) Program, thanks in large part to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition, including the American Heart Association, working with Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa.

Harkin's support for the funding was based in part on the personal testimony of Mari Ann Wearda, a sudden cardiac arrest survivor from Iowa.

This proposed funding level in the Subcommittee mark will restore this life-saving program to its FY 2010 level.

The President's 2012 budget had eliminated the program and HRSA had cut it back to $236,000 for 2011.

September 20th

Rep. Phil Roe Uses CPR and AED to Help Save a Life

Republican Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) may have saved a life Tuesday morning by performing CPR on a man who collapsed in a Charlotte, N.C., airport.

Roe, formerly a practicing OB/GYN before he was elected to Congress, was walking through the airport with fellow Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) when someone cried out about a man who had collapsed, reports the Daily Caller.

Roe immediately rushed over and began performing CPR in an attempt to save the man’s life. By the time Roe reached him, the man did not have a heartbeat.

The congressman “brought the man back to life — he was dead. The AED [automatic external defibrillator] machine showed that he was flat-lining,” Roe’s press secretary, Amanda Little, told POLITICO.

CPR was not successful in resuscitating the man, so when emergency medical technicians arrived shortly after, Roe assisted them with the emergency defibrillator, which shocked the man back to life, added Little.

Celtics Coach Saves a Life

NEWTON, Mass. -- None of us knows when we'll get our final shot in life, but Chuck Conley realizes his could have been last week.

Conley, of Belmont, was playing a basketball pickup game when he collapsed.

"It was scary. I had no pulse, no breathing. I had heart stoppage," said Conley. The Wednesday night pickup game at Newton's Hyde Community Center was taking a water break when Conley sat down to catch his breath.

"Next thing I know it's tunnel vision and I passed out,” said Conley. His breathing stopped and then his heart.

Several players rushed to give Conley CPR. One player in particular, Bryan Doo, the Boston Celtics strength and conditioning coach, remembered the defibrillator hanging on the wall.

"The only part that made me nervous is when the machine said press the button, shock him," Doo said.

September 19th

What You Need to Know About “AED Failures”

AEDs save lives when they are properly maintained and used quickly by bystanders

A new study, “Analysis of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Device Failures Reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” published online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, requires attention and careful analysis.(1)  It should also serve as a reminder to program coordinators that device maintenance is fundamental to the success of every AED program.

Take a Stand Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest

2011 SCA Coalition Invitation

You Are Invited!

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition will host an event to raise awareness on Capitol Hill during National SCA Awareness Month in October. 

The event will take place at the Rayburn House Office Building foyer in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, October 26, from 4-6 pm. All interested parties are invited to attend. 

"Please help us show Congress we are taking a stand against sudden cardiac arrest," said Mary Newman, of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, who co-chairs the Coalition. For information, contact info [at] sca-aware [dot] org.

September 15th

Public Awareness About AEDs Discouragingly Low

Widespread public education campaigns needed

AMSTERDAM—Most laypersons are unfamiliar with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and would be unwilling to use them to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), according to Patrick Schober, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Public accessible AEDs are increasingly made available in highly frequented places, allowing coincidental bystanders to defibrillate with minimal delay if necessary. Although the public, as the largest and most readily available group of potential rescuers, is assigned a key role in this concept of "public" access defibrillation, it is unknown whether bystanders are sufficiently prepared.

September 13th

Give $25 or More on Tuesday, 10-4

The Pittsburgh Foundation will amplify contributions to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on October 4th, the Day of Giving

2011 Day of GivingPITTSBURGH–Donate $25 or more to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on Tuesday, October 4th, and your gift will be maximized through a portion of the match pool provided by The Pittsburgh Foundation. Your donation will be used to support educational programs designed to “raise awareness and give ‘ordinary’ people the power to save a life.”

Giving couldn't be easier. Here’s how:

  • Go to any time on 10-4 (12:00 am ET-11:59:59 pm ET).
  • Click the Donate Now for Day of Giving link
  • Enter your name, e-mail address, and phone number.
  • From the drop-down box, select Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.
  • Enter the donation amount.
  • Enter your credit card information.

Donors who give $50 or more on October 4 through PittsburghGives will be entered into a drawing to win an automated external defibrillator (AED). Donors who give $100 or more on October 4 through PittsburghGives will be entered into the drawing and receive a complimentary “Push Hard & Fast Here” t-shirt.

Want to help even more? Encourage your friends and family members to contribute on 10-4 by sending out a quick e-mail or promoting 10-4, the Day of Giving through your social networking sites.

Remember, your gift on 10-4 will go further.

Questions? Contact the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation at info [at] sca-aware [dot] org or call 724-934-0034.

Questions on 10-4, the Day of Giving? Contact The Pittsburgh Foundation at 412-391-5122.

10-4, Good Buddy.

Pittsburgh Foundation Rules: All donations during the 24-hour period will receive a pro-rated portion of the match pool ($500,000). Only MasterCard and Visa donations will be accepted or matched for this event. The minimum donation is $25. The maximum gift an individual can give per organization is $10,000. The average donation is $250. Donors may live anywhere, but donations must be made in U.S. dollars.

September 12th

People in Poorer Neighborhoods Have Higher Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) was higher among people living in poorer neighborhoods in several US and Canadian cities, and the disparity was particularly evident among people under age 65, found a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

SCA accounts for up to 63% of deaths annually from cardiac diseases in the United States. Socio-economic status is a predictor of many health-related conditions, including death and heart disease. This study examined a potential link between socioeconomic status and sudden cardiac arrest in more than one community.

A team of researchers in the US and Canada looked at data on 9,235 sudden cardiac arrests in seven cities: four in the US: Dallas, Texas; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon; Seattle–King County, Washington; and three in Canada: Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

September 9th

Former Steeler Survives SCA

Former Steelers undrafted free agent S. Brett Greenwood was hospitalized Friday in Iowa City, Iowa, after collapsing during a workout in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Greenwood suffered an apparent sudden cardiac arrest arrest. Greenwood, who was released by the Steelers in part of their final roster cuts, was at his high school alma mater, Pleasant Valley, in Bettendorf, Iowa Friday before a game between Pleasant Valley and Davenport West.

He was working out on the school's practice field when he suddenly collapsed. fortunately, the high school had an automated external defibrillator (AED) and team trainer Jason Viel used it to restore Greenwood's pulse. He was transferred immediately to Trinity Bettendorf Hospital, and later, University Hospital in Iowa City.  

Greenwood is an elite-level athlete, just four days from his 24th birthday. 

SOURCE: Beyond the Steel Curtain, adapted

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