Archive - 2014 - SCA Article

Archive - 2014 - SCA Article

November 20th

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

Study Highlights: 

November 16th

Teen Saves Baby's Life at Walmart

Abby SnodgrassA quick-thinking teenager is credited with helping to save the life of an 11-month-old baby who suddenly stopped breathing inside a Missouri Walmart.

The frantic situation occurred Wednesday inside a store in High Ridge, Missouri. Surveillance video showed the mother desperately trying to revive her baby.

The store’s manager called 911.

Abby Snodgrass, 17, heard the commotion from aisles away and ran to help, performing CPR. She had recently learned the procedure in her health class at Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, Missouri.

Study Examines Patients' Perspectives on Deactivation of ICDs in End-of-Life

Most patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)—small devices placed in a person's chest to help treat irregular heartbeats with electrical pulses, or shocks—haven't thought about device deactivation if they were to develop a serious illness from which they were not expected to recover. But given changes in healthcare, there may be a new reason to do so.

Angioplasty Immediately After Cardiac Arrest May Improve Survival

Guillaume Geri, MDPeople who undergo angioplasty immediately after a cardiac arrest have better short- and long-term survival rates compared to those who don’t, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), commonly known as angioplasty, is a non-surgical procedure that helps open blocked arteries.

French researchers analyzed data from 1,722 patients (71 percent male, average age 60) who suffered a cardiac arrest away from a hospital. They found:

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