Archive - Nov 2014 - SCA Article

Archive - Nov 2014 - SCA Article

November 27th

Stressful Duties Raise Police Officers' Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

Police officers are at increased risk for sudden cardiac death when performing stressful duties like chasing, restraining or fighting with suspects, researchers say.

Sudden cardiac death is up to 70 times more likely during those kinds of stressful activities, compared to when police officers perform routine duties, according a new study of U.S. law enforcement deaths.

The results aren't surprising, said senior author Dr. Stefanos N. Kales of Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

“In the general population those really stressful things like anger or physical stress, like a lot of snow shoveling for a person who is usually sedentary, can serve as triggers for cardiovascular events,” Kales told Reuters Health. 

“We thought the same thing could happen with law enforcement officers but we were struck by the magnitude of the risks,” Kales said.

November 23rd

Basic vs. Advanced Life Support Outcomes After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Evidence Supports Back to Basics Approach

Basic Life SupportPatients who had cardiac arrest at home or elsewhere outside of a hospital had greater survival to hospital discharge and to 90 days beyond if they received basic life support (BLS) vs. advanced life support (ALS) from ambulance personnel, according to a report published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

November 20th

Daughter Saves Father's Life By Performing CPR

Michael and Aly DeMarcoAUSTIN, TX--Michael DeMarco, 42, doesn't recall much about the morning of Feb. 14, 2014, but it's a Valentine's Day his daughter, Aly Demarco, 13, won't soon forget.

View video here.

Director Mike Nichols, Husband of Diane Sawyer, Dies Suddenly from Cardiac Arrest

Mike Nichols and Diane SawyerMike Nichols, esteemed director/writer/producer and husband of Diane Sawyer, has died. ABC reports he died suddenly on Wednesday evening of cardiac arrest. He was 83.

Nichols' death was announced by ABC News President James Goldston.

November 19th

CARES Report: Overall Rates of Survival From Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in the U.S. Have Improved Dramatically

CARESA new report by the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) Surveillance Group, involving an evaluation of trends between 2005 and 2012, suggests that rates of survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have improved in the multiple geographically diverse sites participating this performance improvement registry. The study is the largest conducted to date in the United States.

November 18th

Should AEDs Be Used in Infants?

CHICAGO, IL--Physician-researchers from the Cardiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) presented new findings on pediatric cardiovascular disease at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014 in Chicago. Among many other topics, they investigated using automated external defibrillators in infants.

November 17th

Doctor Saves Man Using CPR, Hours After Giving Presentation at CPR Conference

Monique AndersonCHICAGO, IL--A doctor who presented research on the importance of CPR during the American Heart Association’s resuscitation conference in Chicago proved her point hours later, saving a man who collapsed in a hotel lobby.

Monique Anderson, MD, was talking with another doctor about the importance of fast response to cardiac emergencies while leaving a reception Sunday night when they saw a middle-age man face down on the ground.

Anderson and three other doctors ran to him, rolled him over and saw that his face was ashen. He was not breathing and had no pulse.

Pulse Oximetry Screenings Save Lives of Babies with Congenital Heart Defects

Screening for congenital heart defectsCHICAGO, IL--Screening for congenital heart defects with pulse oximetry identified newborn babies with previously unsuspected critical congenital heart defects (CCHD), according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Full Recoil During CPR Upstroke Elusive for Most Bystanders, but Coaching Helps Many

Bob Trenkamp and Katie KoenigCHICAGO, IL--Sixty percent of bystanders tested for attaining full recoil failed to get the force on the breast bone below 1.5 pounds during a recent study of a cohort whose age distribution approximately matched that of cardiac arrest victims, according to research by Fernando Perez, MD, and Robert H. Trenkamp, Jr., EMT-P, presented at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium.

Poison Control Data Show Energy Drinks and Young Kids Don’t Mix

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