Archive - Jun 2014 - SCA Article

Archive - Jun 2014 - SCA Article


June 26th

Addressing the Needs of Survivors and Loved Ones

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation presented a well-attended session, “Addressing the Needs of Survivors and Loved Ones,” during the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update earlier this month in Las Vegas. Speakers included Mary Newman, Foundation president, Susan Koeppen, a TV news anchor and survivor, Kelly Sawyer, MD, an emergency physician and survivor, and Jennifer Chap, a marketing professional who saved her husband’s life with CPR.

June 25th

Pitt Researchers Receive $1.8M to Build Unique ECG Database, Study Effectiveness of CPR

PITTSBURGH, PA--University of Pittsburgh researchers have received $1.8 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, to create a unique database of electrocardiogram (ECG) information that could one day be used to better guide real-time decision making during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for cardiac arrest. The database would be the largest repository of its kind and could lead to new ways to evaluate CPR and patient outcomes.

June 24th

ECCU 2014: A Celebration of Survivors and Rescuers

SCA survivors at ECCULAS VEGAS, NV--The 2014 Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU), a biennial conference of the Citizen CPR Foundation held earlier this month in Las Vegas, celebrated survival from sudden cardiac arrest. Each plenary session was introduced by a survivor, and the conference featured an educational track targeted to survivors and rescuers, including a session, “Addressing the Needs of Survivors and Loved Ones,” presented by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

California's Top Court Says Target Not Required to Carry In-store Defibrillators

Target pleased with the decision
SACRAMENTO, CA--California's top court on Monday unanimously ruled that large retailers are not required to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) inside their stores, deciding in favor of Target Corp in a wrongful death lawsuit brought after a shopper's sudden death.

The Supreme Court in California dismissed the argument that the U.S. retailer fell under a state health code statute that requires gyms and other "health studios" to make available the life-saving machines.

"We conclude that, under California law, Target's common law duty of care to its customers does not include a duty to acquire and make available an AED for use in a medical emergency," the six-judge panel wrote in an opinion on Monday.

Dip to Black: Susan Koeppens Story of Survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

PITTSBURGH, PA--TV news anchor, Susan Koeppen, who serves as National Spokesperson for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, shared her dramatic and inspirational story as keynote speaker at the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update earlier this month in Las Vegas. “I’ve worked in television for two decades and we have a phrase in TV, ‘Dip to black,’” she began. “You dip to black in a story to create drama, evoke emotion, grab attention. On November 20, 2011, my world dipped to black when I suffered sudden cardiac arrest.”

June 23rd

Incidence of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletes: A State-of-the-Art Review

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading medical cause of death in athletes; however, the precise incidence is unknown. The objectives of this review were to examine studies on the rate of SCD in athletes, assess the methodological strengths and weaknesses used to arrive at estimates, compare studies in athletes with estimates in similar populations and arrive at an approximation of the incidence of SCD based on the best available evidence.

A comprehensive literature search was performed in PubMed using key terms related to SCD in athletes. Articles were reviewed for relevance and included if they contained information on the incidence of SCD in athletes or young persons up to the age of 40. The reference list from each manuscript was reviewed for additional relevant articles. The methods for case identification were examined, as well as the inclusion and exclusion criteria and the precision of the population denominator studied.

Winners of ECCU 2014 "Video Minute" Contest Announced

ECCU "Video Minute" Contest WinnerLAS VEGAS, NV--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and the Citizen CPR Foundation announced the winners of the ECCU 2014 "Video Minute” Contest during the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, June 6 in Las Vegas. The purpose of the contest is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, the importance of bystander CPR and automated external defibrillators, and/or recognition of a heart attack.

California Supreme Court: Target Has No Duty to Have AED

SACRAMENTO, CA--In the case of Verdugo v. Target Corporation, the Supreme Court of California ruled today that "Under California law, Target's common law duty of reasonable care to its patrons does not include a duty to acquire and make available an AED for use in a medical emergency."

The question of law asked "In what circumstances, if ever, does the common law duty of a commercial property owner to provide emergency first aid to invitees required the availability of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for cases of sudden cardiac arrest?" While all parties agreed that "Target has a common law duty to provide at least some assistance to a patron who suffers sudden cardiac arrest in a Target store," the parties disagreed on the scope of that duty.

June 9th

Increase in Funding for Rural and Community AED Program Approved at Subcommittee Level

Next action expected on June 12

Thanks to support from the Ad Hoc Coalition to Save Lives through Public Access to Defibrillation, the health appropriations subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), approved its bill for 2015, which contains a $2 million increase for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program. The program, which is designed to save lives of those who suffer from cardiac arrest, would receive a 60 percent increase, taking it from its current funding level of $3.356 million to $5.356 million.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a member of the Coalition, and Foundation members--including survivors--were among those who contacted Sen. Harkin and his colleagues, expressing their support for the legislation.

June 5th

Sue Hostler Named Winner of 2014 Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's "People Saving People" Award

Sue Hostler, center, with survivor Bob Hallinan and Mary NewmanLAS VEGAS, NV--Sue Hostler of Pittsburgh, PA, has been named recipient of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s 2014 People Saving People Award for saving the life of Robert Hallinan, 25, when he collapsed suddenly from cardiac arrest at an airport last summer. Hostler, a business traveler, recognized the emergency, called 911, and performed chest compressions until EMS arrived.

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