Archive - Aug 2013 - SCA Article

Archive - Aug 2013 - SCA Article

August 26th

Despite Law, AEDs Are Few and Far Between in Memphis

While new buildings that hold at least 300 people are required to have AEDs, existing places like grocery stores, restaurants and theaters don't have the lifesaving equipment.


MEMPHIS, TN--Strange as it may seem for two men whose hearts had abruptly stopped beating, but Kenneth Richmond and George Turner consider themselves lucky.

Bystanders Intimidated by AEDs

Devices are easy to use; give victims best chance at life

What could you do if you saw someone collapse in sudden cardiac arrest, a condition in which the heart stops beating and which can kill in minutes?

Calling 911, checking for breathing and a pulse, starting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) -- all are part of the chain of survival. But the real difference between life and death for most cardiac-arrest victims is the availability and use of an automated external defibrillator, or AED.

Numerous studies show that not only are most bystanders unfamiliar with the portable, battery-powered devices and their locations, but many emergency dispatch centers and paramedics don't know where all the devices are.

Using Drones to Deliver AEDs to Cardiac Arrest Victims

A German technology non-profit has put together an autonomous octocopter that can carry a defibrillator, aiming to get to patients faster than an ambulance. Fredrich Nölle from Definetz presented the system in the town of Halle in North Rhine Westphalia. It's optimized for remote areas, and allows emergency services or the public to call a defibrillator in though a smartphone app that automatically sends GPS coordinates.

AED Laws Cause Confusion

Patchwork of Regulations Discourages Use of AEDs

There is no dispute that portable defibrillators, simple-to-use device that supply jolts to shock a stilled heart to beat again, could save tens of thousands of lives a year in this country alone if they are accessible to willing bystanders.

But across America, there is anything but agreement among states about rules for the use of automated external defibrillators (or AEDs): Where they must be located; if they should be registered so authorities know where they are; whether a business that installs one is fully protected from liability; or even if a company is obliged to use one if someone on the premises suffers sudden cardiac arrest.

And some experts say the uneven patchwork of laws and regulations is a worrisome barrier to more widespread distribution and use of the battery-powered devices, which, if employed within minutes of cardiac arrest, can bring a person back to life.

AEDs: Little Known, Seen

AEDs could save 20,000 cardiac arrest victims a year if locations known, public aware

Michael Abt, a 12-year-old middle-schooler from Vero Beach, Fla., Josh Miller, a high-school middle linebacker from Barberton, Ohio, and Connecticut lawyer Michael Sage, 29, all died when their hearts suddenly stopped beating.

But though their hearts also abruptly went still, Mary Tappe, a 45-year-old executive from Denver; Richard Strain, a financial officer from Canton, Ohio; and Claire Dunlap, a 15-year-old high-school softball centerfielder from Boynton Beach, Fla., survived.

August 25th

New Implanted Defibrillator Works Well Without Touching Heart

Study Highlights:

  • A new type of defibrillator implanted under the skin can detect dangerously abnormal heart rhythms and deliver shocks without wires touching the heart.
  • In a six-month study, the defibrillator surpassed FDA goals for safety and effectiveness.
  • The device received FDA approval in 2012 but still requires long-term study.

DALLAS--A new type of defibrillator implanted under the skin can detect dangerously abnormal heart rhyt

Q&A: How to Use an AED to Save Someone in Cardiac Arrest

The following information was compiled by Scripps Howard News Service. Additional facts may be found may be found here.

What is sudden cardiac arrest? 

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA occurs because of problems with the heart's electrical system, which signals the heart to contract and pump blood. When this system misfires, abnormal heart rhythms result. The heart simply twitches and can't pump blood. 

August 22nd

University of Colorado Will Map AEDs in Denver to Help Save Lives

DENVER - According to the American Heart Association, more than 95 percent of cardiac arrest victims die before ever reaching a hospital. A victim's chance of survival is reduced by seven to ten percent with every minute that passes without CPR or defibrillation.

If bystanders knew where automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were located it could help increase a victim's chance of survival and save lives.

Dr. Comilla Sasson is an emergency medicine physician at University of Colorado Hospital. She is spearheading a pilot program to track down and map AEDs in Denver.

"Most often people don't realize that, that thing sitting on the wall is something they can use," said Dr. Sasson.

The Denver pilot program began in November 2010 and is part of a larger U.S. Food and Drug Administration initiative to improve access to AEDs.

AEDs: A Shocking Shortage

WASHINGTON, DC--Scripps Media and its broadcast stations, newspapers and digital news outlets around the country are about to launch a project that could increase the chance for survival of thousands of Americans experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by making automated external defibrillators (AEDs) more available and accessible and by improving public awareness.

“AEDs: A Shocking Shortage,” will open with an array of print and video stories, photos, an interactive map, editorial and other elements that will begin appearing in broadcast and print in selected markets this week and across the U.S. next week.

August 21st

Co-Workers, First Responders Save a Life

JEFFERSON HILLS, PA--A man’s co-workers and first responders are being credited with saving his life after he went into cardiac arrest while on the job back in May.

Workers at Guardian Industries in Jefferson Hills said Glen Caldwell, their 56-year-old co-worker, suffered sudden cardiac arrest while working the night shift.

“It was a scary situation because it was the first time it had happened to us,” Guardian employee Bob Kass said.

Members of the company’s emergency response team were paged and they rushed in to help.

Kass, John Yenni and other members of the company’s plant emergency organization team knew what to do.

“When it happens, it’s amazing how it clicks and everyone knows what to do,” Yenni said.

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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