Archive - Feb 2013 - SCA Article

Archive - Feb 2013 - SCA Article

February 28th

Pit Crew Approach With Real-Time CPR Feedback Saves Lives

WASHINGTON--Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training that included real-time audiovisual feedback and that emphasized a "pit crew" or team approach to pre-hospital care for cardiac arrest patients increased survival by almost 60 percent.

February 26th

Pittsburgh Police Officer, Ex-Army Medic, Ticket Scalper and Hotel Bellhop Save Penguins Fan

More than one good Samaritan was outside the Consol Energy Center last week.

There was an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer, an ex-Army medic taking his son to his first Penguins game, a ticket scalper and a hotel bellhop.

They were among the first to respond Friday night when a Penguins fan suffered sudden cardiac arrest on his way to a game at the Consol Energy Center: All stopped what they were doing to save the life of a stranger.

"It was a good refresher in humanity, I'll say that," said Freddie Waine, the former medic. "Because a lot of people could have kept walking by, and they didn't. They helped out."

Mr. Waine, 29, of Washington, Pa., is a state corrections officer who is pursuing a doctorate in psychology, and until 2010, he was an Army medic in the Pennsylvania National Guard, completing two tours in Iraq.

Targeting CPR Education in High-Risk Neighborhoods Could Save More Lives

Statement Highlights:

  • Targeting CPR education in high-risk neighborhoods could improve cardiac arrest survival rates.
  • Survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest vary widely in the United States, from the lowest of 0.2 percent in Detroit to a high of 16 percent in Seattle.
  • Survival rates are influenced in part by bystanders’ willingness to do CPR.

DALLAS--Targeting CPR education in high-risk neighborhoods could increase the number of bystanders giving CPR and decrease deaths from cardiac arrest, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in its journal Circulation.

February 25th

Concerns Raised About Lack of AEDs in the UK

LONDON--More than half of British businesses do not have an automated external defibrillator (AED), a recent poll has found – despite the impact the device has on cardiac arrest survival rates.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) commissioned a survey of 1,000 business decision-makers across the UK and found that 513 did not have the lifesaving equipment at work. Almost two thirds of those who said ‘no’ also come from medium to very large companies.

In support of National Heart Month this February, IOSH is encouraging institutions to consider whether they should install a defibrillator, which restarts the heart using an electric shock.

SCA Foundation Recognizes Civilian, EMTs for Life-Saving Effort

Roland "Mike" Dulaney survived sudden cardiac arrest on Christmas night. The SCA Foundation recognized his rescuers at an event Sunday in Penn Hills, PA. They include Andrea Huzinec, a neighbor who provided CPR, and responders from Rosedale VFD, Plum EMS, and Forbes Paramedic Response Unit.

It Takes a Village to Save a LifePITTSBURGH--Nick Gerstel had just finished Christmas dinner at his father's Penn Hills home when the radio his dad uses as a volunteer firefighter sounded.

“We heard the call go out,” said Gerstel, 29, a firefighter and EMT in South Strabane. A 62-year-old man in the neighborhood had collapsed after going into cardiac arrest.

February 21st

Ottawa's Public Defibrillator Program Pays Off in Lives Saved

OTTAWA--André Corriveau is alive today because there was an automated external defibrillator (AED) at Earl Armstrong Arena when he collapsed on the ice during a hockey game in 2009 — and someone knew how to use it.

On Thursday, fresh off the ice from an afternoon hockey game, Corriveau, 59, smiled as he looked at the facility’s operator Dana Clarke, 38, the man he calls his guardian angel.

“If I’m here today — I don’t mean in this room, I mean on this planet — it’s because on that day, he was there and he jumped into action,” said the father of three.

Corriveau’s is one of 60 lives saved thanks to the city’s Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) program which has seen 850 of the portable machines installed in arenas, pools, libraries and community centres and emergency vehicles across the city since 2001.

February 20th

Heart and Stroke Foundation Receives $10 Million from Harper Government to Save Lives with AEDs at Hockey Arenas and Other Locations

SASKATOON--The Heart and Stroke Foundation was pleased to join Prime Minister Stephen Harper today as he announced funding to place life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in hockey arenas and community recreation centers across Canada.

In April 2011, the Government of Canada announced a $10 million dollar plan for AED placement over four years. Today's announcement confirms the government's commitment for funding that will allow the Foundation to coordinate the installation and training of AEDs starting in Spring 2013.

Connecticut Lawmaker Proposes CPR Training for All Drivers

The Joint Committee on Transportation will be meeting on Wednesday and one of the bills up for discussion would require drivers to be certified in CPR.

The goal behind the proposed bill, number 6054, is "to increase cardiac arrest save rates by requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation training prior to the issuance of a motor vehicle operator's license.”

The bill would prohibit the commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing or renewing a driver’s license if an applicant has not received a civilian certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

State Rep. Diana Urban, of North Stonington and Stonington proposed the legislation, which has generated hundreds of comments on the NBC Connecticut Facebook page.

February 18th

Celebrating Lives Saved in Arizona

The Rural/Metro Corp. and Save Hearts in Arizona Registry and Education (AZ SHARE) celebrated Valentine’s week with a special tribute on Feb. 12 to local survivors of sudden cardiac arrest and their pre-hospital rescue teams. 

February 16th

Study Links Levels of Air Pollution and Ozone to Cardiac Arrest

Studies show particulate matter also has direct impact on heart attacks in Houston

Researchers at Rice University in Houston have found a direct correlation between out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and levels of air pollution and ozone. Their work has prompted more CPR training in at-risk communities.

Rice statisticians Katherine Ensor and Loren Raun announced their findings today at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Boston.

Their research, based on a massive data set unique to Houston, was published this month in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

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