Archive - Feb 2014 - SCA Article

Archive - Feb 2014 - SCA Article

February 27th

Therapeutic Hypothermia May Not Be Effective for All Cardiac Arrest Survivors

Whole body cooling in comatose patients who have suffered sudden cardiac arrest can limit the damage to brain tissue caused by the restoration of blood flow and oxygen. But new data indicate that in certain patients therapeutic hypothermia is less effective and may even worsen neurological outcomes, as described in an article in Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management website at

February 25th

University of Maryland Study: CT Scans Do Not Negatively Interfere with Heart Rhythm Devices

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory in 2008 warning that computed tomography (CT) imaging might interfere with pacemakers or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, the medical community wanted more evidence to support the agency’s recommendations. Now, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine report the results of the first study to assess the issue in “real world,” clinical practice. The findings, published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, show that such interference, if it exists, is not significant enough to warrant changes in clinical practice.

February 24th

Hockey Arenas to Get More Defibrillators

WOODSTOCK, ON--Oxford County residents will be increasing access to life-saving defibrillators in public places with funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s National AED Hockey Program.

Thirteen new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) will be placed in arenas in Norwich, Tavistock, Woodstock, Ingersoll, Tillsonburg, Embro, Plattsville and Thamesford in the next month on top of the ones already installed at these locations.

“They found that the defibrillation is most effective in the first three to four minutes after the collapse,” said Susan White, acting community education coordinator for Oxford County EMS.

“Our mandate here is to be to you by eight minutes and if you are losing 10% of your chance of survival every minute, that doesn’t give you a very good chance of survival even if somebody called as soon as you dropped.”

February 23rd

Cancer Drug May Lower Sudden Cardiac Death Risk

A researcher at the Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals has found that a new class of drugs, originally developed to treat cancer, reduces sudden cardiac death risk after a heart attack. The findings were published online in advance of print in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

February 20th

UK Survey: Public AEDs Sparsely Distributed, Rarely Used

SOUTHAMPTON, UK--Many public areas here have no automatic external defibrillator (AED), or at least no record of them, and where they exist they are seldom retrieved and used before ambulance arrival, suggests a retrospective review of emergency calls for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest over one year[1] . It included a survey that identified only 278 locations with public-access defibrillators in a county of 1.78 million inhabitants.

Most of the devices were identified at shopping centers or other commercial properties, although other locations included clinics and nursing homes.

February 19th

Poll Reveals Nearly 80 Percent of Employed Adults Can't Locate Their Workplace's Defibrillator

Results from Cintas indicate organizations need help managing life-saving tools

CINCINNATI, OH--Each year, approximately 300,000 people suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) that require revival from an automated external defibrillator (AED). According to the results of a survey commissioned by Cintas, a leader in first-aid and safety programs, although many workplaces have AEDs on site, it’s likely that a majority of workers would not be prepared to locate and use the units. The survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive® among 2,019 adults ages 18 and older (of whom 916 are employed), found that 79 percent of employed adults do not know where their workplace’s AED is located.

February 18th

FDA Encourages the Public to Learn to Use AEDs

FDA Consumer News-AEDYou're eating lunch in a local mall when a man at the next table collapses.

Your first move? If you see a person collapse like that, someone who is not responsive and not breathing normally, you should first call 911 and then start cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). But the next step is to look for the nearest AED and use it on the spot. If the man is in cardiac arrest, you just may save his life.

Laurel, MD, Receives Donation of 100 Defibrillators

BALTIMORE, MD--Laurel city is set to receive approximately 100 automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, from a Gaithersburg health company in what local leaders are saying is an unprecedented donation.

"To our knowledge and research, it's one of the biggest donations to a local government or organization anywhere," said Mayor Craig Moe.

The donation of the AEDs, which is scheduled to be formally announced an event scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the Laurel Municipal Center, is coming from Rescue One Training for Life Inc. The private business provides safety training and products to various groups such as schools, businesses and governments. 

According to Rescue One CEO Jeremy Gruber, a retired Montgomery County firefighter, AEDs, while not a household term, are key to saving lives in the event of a cardiac arrest.

February 17th

S-ICD: A Review of the Literature

S-ICDThe following from CardioSource are 10 important points to remember about the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD): 

February 15th

Health Organization Receives Federal Grant to Provide 300 AEDs to Rural Communities in Maine

PORTLAND, ME--A Maine-based health organization has been awarded $600,000 from the federal government for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in rural Maine.

Cardiovascular health specialist Tina Love from Medical Care Development in Augusta says the organization, working with the Maine Cardiovascular Health Council, is one of seven to receive an award from the Office of Rural Health Policy.

She says the goal is to provide 300 AED devices over three years to rural communities in six public health districts in central, western, eastern and northern Maine.

About nine of 10 victims of sudden cardiac arrest die. Officials say AED devices are especially helpful in rural locations where the emergency response can be slower.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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