Archive - 2014 - SCA Article

Archive - 2014 - SCA Article

October 15th

Atrus Adds Four New Locations to AED Link(TM) Services

Cities in Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia and North Carolina now have systems to support 9-1-1 dispatchers, to locate AEDs to enhance cardiac arrest survival.

DELRAY BEACH, FL-- Developers of the AED Linksystem, Atrus, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of four new EMS systems for AED Link.  Recently added to the Atrus’ AED Link service include: Norwood, OH; Metro Louisville, KY; Sandy Springs, GA; and Caldwell County, NC. These communities will now have AED Link systems to support 9-1-1 dispatchers, helping them locate lifesaving automated external defibrillators (AED) in closest proximity to sudden cardiac arrest victims.

October 12th

Living Near Major Roads May Increase Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Women

Study Highlights

  • Living near a major road was associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death in women.

  • Environmental exposure may increase heart disease risk as much as smoking, poor diet or obesity.

DALLAS, TX--Living close to a major road may increase women’s risk of dying from sudden cardiac death, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

October 11th

Everett Fire Department Posts Record Save Rates in CPR

EVERETT, WA--If you have the unfortunate need for CPR, Everett, WA is among the best places to be in the country when that happens. Eric Hicks at Everett Fire released a report this week showing Everett Fire is tops in Snohomish County when it comes to saving people needing CPR.

The Everett Fire Department posted record save rates for cardiac arrests in 2013. Of the Everett Fire patients that suffered a witnessed sudden cardiac arrest last year, 66 percent were released from the hospital with only minor neurological impairment, or no impairment at all. This is three times higher than the national average and is the highest posted survival rate in Snohomish County.

October 5th

Double-Digit Gains for New Jerseyans in CPR, Heimlich Maneuver Training, Rutgers-Eagleton Public Health Poll Finds

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – As New Jerseyans become more health conscious, they also have gained an appreciation for the importance of learning to perform two potentially life-saving techniques, CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. The latest Rutgers-Eagleton Health Series poll finds that since a similar 1997 survey, the percentage of state residents who are trained in the former has increased from 38 percent to 59 percent. The percentage which understands how to treat choking or suffocation victims by applying the Heimlich maneuver has climbed from 36 percent to 50 percent.

September 30th

AED Scavenger Hunt Underway in Pittsburgh

AED scavenger huntPITTSBURGH, PA--The University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine is hosting HeartMap Pittsburgh Challenge, a scavenger hunt to find automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), which are electronic, briefcase-sized devices that can be used by bystanders to help someone in cardiac arrest. The hunt, held in collaboration with the University of Washington-Harborview Center for Prehospital Emergency Care, is part of a national effort to create a registry of locations of these lifesaving devices.

September 26th

HRSA Allocates $1 Million to Support Defibrillation Projects in Rural Areas

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN, announced more than $22 million to support health care in rural areas, including funds that will provide resources and expertise for telehealth solutions, improve emergency medical services, and help communities build networks of care.

Through grant programs administered by the Office of Rural Health Policy, located within HRSA, the awards went out to more than 100 rural communities in 42 states.

“Rural communities have some of the greatest needs for expanding access to health care,” Wakefield said. “These investments represent our commitment at the federal level to support partners on the ground, who are working to strengthen health care delivery in every area of the country.”

September 25th

Boston Scientific Product Advisory on Premature Battery Depletion

CognisBoston Scientific recently provided physicians with important product advisory information regarding a group of COGNIS™ CRT-D and TELIGEN™ ICD implantable defibrillators. This information includes some new follow-up advice for this identified group of devices that was manufactured between 2008 and 2010.

A component in some COGNIS and TELIGEN devices has not performed as expected. This may shorten battery life and require early device replacement. These devices were designed with safety features that can detect this behavior and provide a physician with early warning of this problem if it were to occur.

September 21st

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: The Young Man's Heartstopper

Justin Repshas

Most men know of only one chest-clutching condition, but another cardiac killer is out there—and it's ambushing them just when they feel most invincible.

Around 4 p.m. on December 13, 2011, Justin Repshas's girlfriend dropped him off at his studio apartment in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The couple arranged to meet for dinner later and then study for finals at the college library. Meantime, Repshas, 22, told her, he'd take a nap or go running.

September 20th

Parent Heart Watch Issues Statement in Support of ECG Screening in Youth

37 PHW Member Organizations in 22 States Provide Heart Screenings to Youth

Chicago, IL-- Parent Heart Watch (PHW), the national voice solely dedicated to protecting youth from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), supports the use of carefully organized and implemented electrocardiogram (ECG) screening in youth to better identify those with conditions associate with SCA. Currently 37 Parent Heart Watch member organizations are partnering with cardiologists and sports medicine physicians to host heart screenings for youth ages 5-24. The screenings include an electrocardiogram (ECG) and/or an echocardiogram, which research increasingly shows can be effective in the early detection of heart conditions that may lead to sudden cardiac arrest.

September 17th

Capps Participates in AED Hunt on the Hill

Rep. Lois Capps and AEDWASHINGTON, DC--On Wednesday, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) participated in the AED Hunt on the Hill as part of Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month.

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