Archive - 2014 - SCA Article

Archive - 2014 - SCA Article

September 16th

Experts Issue Consensus Statement on the Use of ICD Therapy in Patients Who Are Underrepresented in Clinical Trials

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) have released an Expert Consensus Statement on the Use of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Therapy in Patients Who Are Not Included or Not Well Represented in Clinical Trials, which was published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 

Originally presented at Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 35th Annual Scientific Sessions, the statement provides first-of-its-kind guidance on ICD therapy for the management of patient populations who are not well represented in clinical trials and, as a result, not specifically included in existing guidelines. 

September 14th

AHA/ACC Issue Heart Screening Recommendations for People 12-25

Healthcare professionals should include 14 key elements as a checklist for screening young people age 12-25 for congenital and genetic heart disease. If any of the elements are positive, further testing may be needed, but initial screening using electrocardiograms (ECG) to detect underlying genetic and congenital heart disease in this age group prior to employing this checklist, has not been shown to save lives, according to a joint American Heart Association (AHA)/ American College of Cardiology (ACC) statement.

Illinois Office of Preparedness and Response Announces AED Grant Opportunity

SPRINGFIELD, IL-- The Illinois Office of Preparedness and Response has announced the availability of funding for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) through Public Act 95-0721, the Heartsaver AED Fund. The fund provides matching grants for the purchase of AEDs for schools, public park districts, municipal recreation departments, conservation districts, forest preserve districts, colleges and universities in Illinois.

September 10th

The Rush to Save Joan Rivers

Joan RiversNEW YORK, NY--The call came in to 911 one second before 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, from the staff at a clinic on East 93rd Street in Manhattan — a patient in cardiac arrest. The call was coded as “Segment 1,” the highest-level priority handled by 911, according to two New York City officials.

September 9th

Was Joan Rivers's Cardiac Arrest During a Medical Procedure Preventable?

Joan RiversComedian Joan Rivers’s death last week after going into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure on her vocal cords a week earlier at a New York medical clinic has raised questions. The New York State Health Department is investigating whether the facility followed proper procedures, but cardiac arrest during surgery is rare, said Dr. Benjamin Scirica, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“Surgeons and anesthesiologists spend a lot of time before these procedures to identify any medical history, sign, or symptom that could put a patient at risk for cardiac arrest,” he said.

September 7th

SCA Foundation Announces Expansion of Board of Directors

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) organization based in Pittsburgh, PA, has announced that three healthcare leaders with a passion for saving lives have been elected to serve on its Board of Directors, namely:

  • Kathryn Koenig, MBA, Vice-President, Strategic Planning, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Carissa Caramanis O’Brien, EMT-B, Director, WCG, a W20 Company, Boston, MA
  • James Richardson, MBA, CCEMT-P, Director, Aspen Ambulance District, Aspen, CO.

“We are honored that such talented individuals have joined the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors,” said Norman S. Abramson, MD, FACEP, FCCM, board chairman. “We look forward to working together to continue to strengthen our mission to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and help save lives.”

Their biographies follow.

Kathryn Koenig, MBA

September 6th

Stony Brook CPR Training Draws About 1,000 People

About 1,000 people -- college students, families and community members -- gathered inside a sun-splashed Stony Brook University's Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium Sunday, but they weren't there for a Seawolves football game.

They were assembled on the stadium's green field turf hoping to learn how to save a life by practicing hands-only CPR on one of 258 mannequins at an event sponsored by the university's School of Medicine.

Hands-only CPR is a technique that uses chest compression but not mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive someone stricken with sudden cardiac arrest, said Edward Stapleton, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Stony Brook University who helped instruct attendees. Stapleton said it can "keep the brain and head viable until the victim can be shocked back to a normal heart rhythm."

September 3rd

Joan Rivers’ Death Highlights Risks of Surgical Complications

Although perioperative cardiac arrest due to anesthetics occurs just 10.8% of time, according to the Mayo Clinic, it represents the most serious complication and can have devastating results, as witnessed by the recent death of comedian Joan Rivers.
The 81-year-old’s heart stopped while under anesthesia during a throat surgery at a Manhattan clinic on Aug. 28, according to the New York Times. Following the complication, Rivers was hospitalized and put on life support. Although her daughter earlier said there was a chance her mother could be taken off life support by the weekend, Rivers passed away on Thursday, Sept. 4.

First UNC Patient Procedure in the Evera MRI Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Study is Successful

Jennifer Schwartz, MDCHAPEL HILL, NC--In a new international clinical trial testing the safety of performing an MRI on a patient with an ICD, the first trial patient at UNC underwent the procedure in August 2014. Jennifer Schwartz, MD, assistant professor of cardiology, performed the MRI with excellent patient outcomes.

The purpose of the Evera MRITM study is to confirm the safety and effectiveness of the Evera MRI ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) System in the clinical MRI environment.

September 2nd

Saved By An App

Baby saved by an appSPOKANE, WA--A baby boy is alive thanks to a mechanic who used a smartphone app to alert him of the emergency, KXLY reported.

The 1-month-old stopped breathing at the Empire Dance Shop in Spokane, Wash., where a store clerk called 911 before starting rescue breathing techniques on the child.

“When you hear that you just pick up the phone and call 911, so I did that and I saw her and she was just saying, 'He's not breathing, he's not breathing,'” Lesley Reckord, a former lifeguard told KXLY of her efforts.

Less than two blocks away, mechanic Jeff Olson got an alert on his phone letting him know of the emergency.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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