Archive - Jul 23, 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - Jul 23, 2012 - SCA Article


Seven in 10 NJ Hospitals Use Mild Therapeutic Hypothermia for Survivors of SCA

Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) is a fairly new and innovative procedure designed to improve neurologically intact survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The procedure involves reducing the body's core temperature for an extended period of time (e.g., 12–24 hours) during postarrest treatment. Research has demonstrated the efficacy of TH for improving neurologically intact survival after OHCA.

National guidelines have called for the use of TH on OHCA survivors since 2005. A variety of barriers, however, have limited the widespread adoption of TH. Some providers remain skeptical about the procedure's effectiveness, while others believe it is too complex to implement successfully. Other barriers include lack of knowledge, experience, personnel, resources, and infrastructure.

Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death at the London Olympics

LONDON, UK - When 32-year-old Claire Squires collapsed in sudden cardiac arrest during the London Marathon in May, Dr Sanjay Sharma (St. George's Hospital, London, UK), medical director for the race, tried in vain to save her. Now Sharma, head of the cardiology team for the 2012 Olympics, will no doubt have Squires at the back of his mind when the Games open later this week. He and his team are doing everything possible to make sure a major cardiac event doesn't grab the spotlight on sports' biggest international stage.

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