Archive - Jan 2014 - SCA Article

Archive - Jan 2014 - SCA Article

January 28th

Oklahoma EMSA Announces "Outstanding" Survival Rates

TULSA, OK--Cardiac arrest survival rates have hit an all-time high in the Emergency Medical Service Authority (EMSA) service area of the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metropolitan areas, according to data released Monday by the Office of the Medical Director.

In the calendar year 2012, the area's EMS system--EMSA and its 16 partnering first responder agencies combined--achieved a survival rate of 45.2 percent. Only the Seattle/King County, Wash., area has been reported as having a higher survival rate.

"For emphasis, these results are not 'pretty good,' they are outstanding," said Jeffrey M. Goodloe, MD, NREMT-P, FACEP, medical director for the medical control board which oversees medical care for the EMS system.

"Among EMS systems approximating our size in terms of patients served, survival like this is virtually unheard of."

January 23rd

US Lacrosse Grants Available to Subsidize AED Costs

BALTIMORE, MD--US Lacrosse is now accepting applications for 2014 grants to be used to significantly subsidize the cost of acquiring automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Teams, leagues and US Lacrosse chapters may submit applications through April 1, 2014. Grant recipients will receive one AED for the discounted price of $700. US Lacrosse has awarded 45 grants totaling over $53,000 to member teams and leagues for AED units and training over the past four years.

January 21st

Two Half-Brothers Die Suddenly from Cardiac Arrest

NEW YORK, NY--Two jogging brothers, two city parks—and two fatal heart attacks, less than three weeks apart.

Peter Berry, 60, collapsed and died during a Jan. 19 Central Park run, just 20 days after his older half-sibling went into cardiac arrest during a New Year’s Eve jog through Prospect Park.

Rynn Berry Jr., 68, died 10 days after collapsing inside the Brooklyn park—with his brother passing away 10 days later.

The family was bracing for one funeral when they learned about the second, stunning death.

“It’s been a shock for the family,” said Charles Berry, the last surviving brother. “It’s been terrible. It’s still hard to believe.”

First of 2,000 AEDs Installed to Launch Lifesaving Initiative in Canada

Heart and Stroke Foundation and federal government install first AED as part of new program to equip arenas across Canada. Foundation working to make AEDs as common as fire extinguishers.

LEGAL, AB--Installation of the first of 2,000 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in arenas and recreation centers across Canada was announced today at the Legal Recreation Complex by Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Heart and Stroke Foundation president Bobbe Wood.

The AEDs are part of a $10 million program funded by the federal government and administered by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The program will roll out over the next three years, and will put these life-saving AEDs into communities in every province and territory, and will train more than 20,000 facility staff and users to know how to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest.

January 20th

Hands-Only CPR Training Kit Winners Announced

Five cities will receive 500 CPR Anytime kits to implement the Cities of Service Volunteer CPR Blueprint to improve cardiac arrest survival rates

DALLAS, TX--For the second year, the American Heart Association and Cities of Service, a bi-partisan coalition of more than 180 mayors committed to using citizen service to address pressing local needs, have selected five cities across the country to receive CPR Anytime Kits (or Hands-Only CPR training kits). Each city will receive 500 kits to help turn more of their residents into lifesavers. Last year’s grant recipients trained nearly 17,000 people with the kits they received, equipping thousands of community members to act as first responders in cardiac arrest emergencies.

HELP International Introduces Digital Out-of-Home Defibrillator System

HELPLichtenstein-based HELP International AG has introduced a full-outdoor digital out-of-home (DooH) communication device with a professional emergency lifesaving system in a single freestanding unit, branded HELP, which stands for stands for Human Emergency Life Point. The announcement comes after three years of research and development, more than 24 months of real-time field testing and an investment of more than several million Euros, the company said.

The HELP terminal offers either single- or dual-display digital signage with LCD panels and a computer system based on the latest Apple Mac mini generation, paired with DooH software. Portrait displays on the unit range from 55 to 82 inches.

Implanted Devices Might One Day Run on Energy from Nearby Organs

Animal study finds way to harness energy from internal motions

In the future, lifesaving pacemakers, defibrillators and other implantable devices might be powered not by limited-lifespan batteries but by the limitless energy generated by the movement of a patient's own bodily organs, new animal research suggests.

The idea is to safely stitch electricity-converting materials directly onto the surface of the heart, lungs and diaphragm to draw upon the endless power that is naturally produced as each organ continuously contracts and relaxes.

The result would be a never-ending supply of juice that researchers say will eliminate the current need for invasive, risky and expensive battery-replacement surgery.

January 16th

Dip to Black: SCA Foundation National Spokesperson Susan Koeppen to Deliver Keynote Address at Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will be participating once again in the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, a biennial conference of the Citizen CPR Foundation, scheduled for June 3-6 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The SCA Foundation will be presenting sessions related to the prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest in youth and sessions focused on survivors of cardiac arrest and their loved ones. In addition, the SCA Foundation will announce the winner of its People Saving People Award and the ECCU Video Minute Contest.

January 15th

University Hospitals, Eastern Cleveland Suburbs to Use CPR App

CLEVELAND, OH--If someone collapses in a public place and needs CPR, University Hospitals and an East Side 9-1-1 dispatch center are now using an app called PulsePoint to let ordinary citizens know about it, hoping that people with CPR training who are close at hand will step in until emergency workers arrive.

PulsePoint is a free app launched in 2009 after San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Richard Price watched his own fire department’s trucks arrive to a medical emergency at a store next to the deli where he was eating lunch. A man at the store had collapsed and needed CPR, but because it was a medical emergency, Price didn't know about it.

“If it had been a big fire, they would have called me," Price said. "But these calls happen all the time. Had I known, I probably could have made a difference, because I had a defibrillator in my car.” Fortunately, the man survived.

January 13th

Emory First in Georgia to Use New Wireless Defibrillator

ATLANTA, GA--Emory Healthcare is the first healthcare system in Georgia to offer patients a cutting-edge implantable cardioverter-defibrillator device, commonly referred to as an ICD, to help correct irregular heart rhythms.

They are battery-powered devices placed under the skin to help track a person’s heart rate. Normally, thin wires called “leads” are threaded transvenously — through blood vessels — to the heart to detect and treat abnormal heart rhythm.

The new device, known as the S-ICD, can defibrillate a person’s heart without the use of leads within the heart. Cardiac defibrillation is a way to return an abnormally fast or disorganized heartbeat to normal with an electric shock.

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