Archive - Oct 2015 - SCA Article

Archive - Oct 2015 - SCA Article


October 30th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Offers Educational Postcard to Help Raise Awareness

In an effort to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of immediate bystander intervention, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has developed a postcard with basic facts about sudden cardiac arrest and the critical importance of immediate bystander intervention. The postcard, with and without crop marks, is available for downloading here. (See attachments.) These files may be downloaded and printed with permission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, providing the files are not altered. 

If you prefer to order printed copies of the postcard, contact info [at] sca-aware [dot] org (subject: 7%20Myths%20Postcard) .

October 29th

Hospitals to Pay $250 Million for Cardiac Device Coverage Violations

Hundreds of U.S. hospitals will pay a total of more than $250 million stemming from allegations that they implanted cardiac devices in Medicare patients in violation of coverage requirements, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

The 457 hospitals are from 43 states, the Justice Department said.

The settlement involves a type of device that detects and treats extremely fast, life-threatening heart rhythms, called fibrillations, by delivering a shock to the heart, the Justice Department said.

But only patients with certain medical characteristics and risk factors qualify for the device, known as an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, the Justice Department said.

October 22nd

Study: Hands-Only CPR Makes Teenagers More Likely to Respond in Emergency

Researchers saw a nearly 50 percent improvement in the number of students willing to perform CPR.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL--The mouth-to-mouth part of performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, has long been the focus of jokes on television and in movies. But when instructors in a study with high school freshmen taught hands-only CPR, students reported they were more likely to provide life-saving help to somebody having a heart attack.

The survival rate for people who have (sudden cardiac arrest) outside a hospital and do not receive CPR is less than 10 percent, which researchers said motivated the hands-only concept in the hope it will increase the number of people who get help from bystanders.

October 19th

Double Play: Gill Heart Institute Saves 27-Year-Old Identical Twins

LEXINGTON, KY--Jon Wes and Gardner Adams share a lot. Both have a profound love for baseball. Both are in phenomenal physical condition. And as identical twins, they share the same genetic profile.

The Adams twins, now 27, began playing baseball almost before they could read. Both were offered scholarships to Asbury University. Gardner was drafted by the Braves. Their work ethic was a big factor in their success on the diamond, running 25-30 miles a week, regardless of weather, each pushing the other to achieve.

October 15th

New CPR Guidelines Recommend Using Social Media and Mobile Technology to Speed Bystander CPR in Sudden Cardiac Arrests

PulsePoint CPR Response App already downloaded more than 505,000 times--more than 16,500 cardiac arrest responders alerted to date.

October 14th

CPR in America

Second Opinion, WXXI’s national healthcare series, has formed an exciting partnership with the American Heart Association to produce a national television special designed to teach Hands-Only CPR to all of America. CPR in America premieres on WXXI-TV and PBS stations across the country Thursday, October 15 at 8 p.m. It will coincide with the updated 2015 AHA CPR Guidelines being released that same day. 

American Heart Association CPR Guidelines: Quick Action, More Teamwork Key to Saving More Lives

DALLAS, TX--People should continue to jump in quickly to give CPR, using breaths if they’ve been trained in CPR and employing mobile technology to speed up the rescue of cardiac arrest victims, according to the American Heart Association’s 2015 Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

October 11th

Ward Hamilton and Henry Jampel, MD, Elected to Serve on SCA Foundation Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors has elected two new members, Ward M. Hamilton and Henry Jampel, MD, MHS. 

A Metronome Can Help Set The CPR Beat

The heart beats rhythmically, and so does a metronome.

So it makes sense that a metronome, typically used by musicians to help keep a steady beat, could help medical professionals restart a heart.

"What we know for sure," says pediatric cardiologist Dianne Atkins, a spokeswoman with the American Heart Association, is that "high-quality CPR improves survival." So anything that improves CPR could save lives.

For CPR to be effective, the rescuer kneels at the side of the person in distress, presses one hand on top of the other in the center of the person's chest and pushes down about 2 inches to force blood through the body before releasing and then compressing again.

October 8th

First and Only CPR Device Indicated to Improve Survival from Cardiac Arrest Now Available Nationwide and Already Saving Lives

Breakthrough ZOLL ResQCPR System inspired by a plunger 

CHELMSFORD, MA--ZOLL® Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that its new ResQCPR™ System, which offers new hope for survival from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), is now available nationwide. Instances of the ResQCPR System helping to save lives are already being reported by early adopters of the technology.

Mission & Vision

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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