Archive - 2013 - SCA Article

Archive - 2013 - SCA Article

September 30th

Save the Date: Thursday, October 3

Donate October 3PITTSBURGH, PA--Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 3rd to make a gift to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on the 2013 Day of Giving. On that day, every gift to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, up to $1,000, will be matched by The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Here’s what to do on October 3:

Business Traveler Perseveres to Save Young Man’s Life at Philadelphia Airport

Case illustrates the need for immediate bystander action when sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the critical importance of CPR, and the need for improved public access to defibrillators

PITTSBURGH--Sue Hostler arrived at the Philadelphia International Airport on August 22 to catch a flight home to Pittsburgh, PA. A frequent business traveler, she knew her way around the airport and ran to get on an elevator in a remote area of the F terminal, which is used for commuter flights. A young man entered the elevator just before her, but the doors closed before she could join him. When she hit the “up” button and the doors reopened, she was stunned by what she saw. There he was, face down, not moving.

September 23rd

Majority of Patients Who Qualify for ICDs Do Not Receive Them

A new study of patients who died of sudden cardiac arrest, a usually fatal condition that causes the heart to stop beating, shows the majority who qualified to receive potentially lifesaving treatment did not receive it.

Researchers led by Sumeet Chugh, MD, associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, examined medical records of 2,093 patients who died of sudden cardiac arrest and found that only 488 patients, or about 20 percent, were medically evaluated to see if they met the criteria to receive an implantable cardiac defibrillator, which can shock a stopped heart into beating. Of those 488 patients, 92 were eligible to receive this treatment. However, further analysis showed that just 12 patients of those who were eligible received a defibrillator.

FDA Finalizes New System to Identify Medical Devices

Rule designed to help improve patient safety

September 20th

ECCU 2014 Survivor Track - Call for Presentations Now Open

ECCU 2014The ECCU (Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update) 2014 conference is now accepting presentations and there are special sessions for survivors, families and rescuers. Come share your story, honor your rescuers and meet the scientists and community champions who are all gathering at ECCU, June 3-6, 2014 in Las Vegas.

September 18th

Small Study: MRIs Okay with Pacemakers and Defibrillators

VANCOUVER, B.C. – When done safely, MRI imaging has an important role to play in patients with pacemakers and implanted cardioverter defibrillators, according to a study of 32 patients who underwent the procedure without complications at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

"It looks like this is safe in the right situation," based on the results and ongoing research elsewhere. "There are occasions – more often than you might think – when" MRI imaging of such patients has "potentially life-saving consequences. I would suggest it is probably no longer taboo," said lead investigator Dr. Robert Biederman, director of cardiovascular MRI at Allegheny and an associate professor of medicine at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

September 16th

"Smoker's Paradox" Seen in Cardiac Arrest Data

Among patients treated with therapeutic hypothermia after a cardiac arrest,smokers had better outcomes than nonsmokers, a single-center study showed.

Half of smokers survived to hospital discharge with a good neurological outcome compared with only 28% of nonsmokers (P=0.003), according to Jeremy Pollock, MD, of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and colleagues.

The difference remained significant after adjustment for numerous potential confounders, including comorbidities, they reported online in Resuscitation.

"Despite the findings of our study, we do not want the public to take from this that they should go out and start smoking to protect them from a future cardiac arrest," Pollock said.

Study: AEDs Inaccessible in Public Locations During "Off Hours"

GENTOFTE, DENMARK--Despite widespread placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in one European city, more than half of all cardiac arrests occurred during hours when access to the lifesaving devices is not possible, according to the results of a new study [1].

Golf Legend Bernard Gallacher Saved By Use of Hotel's AED

Golf legend Bernard Gallacher says he owes his life to a hotel having its own heart defibrillator.

The ex-Ryder Cup captain had (sudden cardiac arrest) as he was about to give an after-dinner speech there.

Bernard, 64, also thanked the "incredible" medics who treated him, including three nurses who were in the room when he collapsed.

He also revealed his family, including Sky Sports host daughter Kirsty and son Jamie, slept on couches at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for a week as they kept a bedside vigil.

The grandfather-of-two has been told he cannot drive for six months and should not play golf for four months “as a precaution”.

But he has no lasting effects from his brush with death and is expected to make a full recovery.

“Golf is off the menu for a while but considering I was dead a few weeks ago it’s amazing to know I’ll get back to a normal life soon,” he said.

September 11th

Life-Saving Devices Installed in Richmond, British Columbia

RICHMOND, BC--Around $40,000 worth of life-saving defibrillators have been donated to strategic parts of Richmond in a bid to increase public safety.

King George Park was one such place last week when an automated external defibrillator (AED) was handed over by the Heart & Stroke Foundation to staff at the park as part of a joint venture with the government, called the BC Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) Program.

A total of 450 AEDs will eventually be installed at public venues across the province, such as community centres, arenas, recreation centres, playing fields and parks over the next two years...

The British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) has also linked the AED Registry with the ambulance dispatch system.

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