Archive - Mar 2015 - SCA Article

Archive - Mar 2015 - SCA Article


March 30th

Can Resuscitation Be Delayed?

Team of researchers lay the foundation for new resuscitation guidelines for severely hypothermic patients in cardiac arrest.

The general rule for treatment of patients in cardiac arrest is that once resuscitation measures have begun, they must be continued uninterruptedly until the patient shows signs of life or is pronounced dead. A new study has shown that in the specific case of severely hypothermic victims with a core body temperature below 28°C, resuscitation can be delayed and periodically interrupted for short intervals during transportation in the mountains without jeopardizing survival. The study has just been published in the medical journal “Resuscitation” and was conducted by Cumbrian Mountain Rescue doctors, the Glenfield Hospital, Leicester in the UK, EURAC in Italy, the Medical University of Innsbruck in Austria and Stanford University in California, USA. 

Quant HC Aims to Predict Cardiac Arrest With an Algorithm

CHICAGO, IL--In the hours before a cardiac arrest, a patient’s body gives off tiny clues of what’s to come. Those clues can be too subtle for doctors to detect. But numbers may do the job just fine.

That’s why Chicago researchers have been working on an algorithm, eCART, to predict cardiac arrest, the abrupt loss of heart function. More than 200,000 patients in hospitals experienced cardiac arrest in 2013, according to the American Heart Association. Of the adult patients, roughly 24 percent survived. 

The eCART was developed by researchers at the University of Chicago and is now being commercialized by Quant HC, which joined healthtech startup incubator Matter in February.

March 26th

Exercise Can Keep ICD Patients Fit Without Raising Shock Risk

Moderately strenuous aerobic exercise can improve cardiovascular health in patients who have received an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)—without causing the device shocks that many patients fear working out might cause, according to researchers.

Medtronic Seeks Runners with Medical Technology for 2015 "Global Heroes" Team

Applications are open for the 2015 Medtronic Global Heroes team. The team honors 25 runners from around the world who benefit from medical technology, with no restriction on manufacturer. 

This is the 10th year of the program. To date, 209 runners representing 28 different countries and a myriad of disease conditions have run the course that winds through the lakes and neighborhoods of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Up to 25 runners will be selected to receive a paid entry for themselves and a guest to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or the Medtronic TC 10 Mile on October 2-4 and a travel package that includes airfare, accommodations and a host of VIP events for the Global Hero and a guest.

Take a Step for Survival on May 16th

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will be participating in the Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday, May 16th in Pittsburgh. The national nonprofit organization, based in Pittsburgh, has participated in the walk since 2011.

The 5K walk is an initiative spearheaded by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to help nonprofit organizations raise funds to support their causes. Highmark underwrites all the expenses associated with the walk so that every dollar raised for a nonprofit goes directly to that organization. 

March 22nd

Brain Activity During Cardiac Arrest

All over the world, researchers are trying to solve an age-old mystery: What happens in the brain when the heart stops? With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, medical experts from Vienna are participating in an international study that looks into memory processes during cardiac arrest.

March 19th

Toddler Survives Near-Drowning Following 101 Minutes of CPR

In a survival story his doctors call extraordinary, a 22-month-old Pennsylvania boy whose lifeless body was pulled from an icy creek was revived after an hour and 41 minutes of CPR and has suffered virtually no lingering effects.

Gardell Martin came home from the hospital on Sunday, and his doctors said Thursday he has made a full recovery.

March 9th

ZOLL ResQCPR System Receives Premarket Approval from the FDA

First and Only CPR Device to Show Improved Survival in Adults with Non-traumatic Cardiac Arrest

CHELMSFORD, MA--ZOLL® Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, today announced that the company’s ResQCPR™ System has been granted premarket approval (PMA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market and begin U.S. distribution of the CPR adjunct system. The technology, which has been shown to improve the likelihood of survival in adult patients with non-traumatic cardiac arrest, is expected to be commercially available in mid-2015.

FDA Approves CPR Devices That May Increase Chance of Surviving Cardiac Arrest

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the ResQCPR System, a system of two devices for first responders to use while performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on people whose hearts stop beating (cardiac arrest). The devices may improve the patient’s chances of surviving cardiac arrest.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 300,000 Americans experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year. CPR is an emergency procedure that can be life-saving for people in cardiac arrest. During this procedure, rescuers manually compress the patient’s chest and manually ventilate the lungs to keep blood oxygenated and circulating until the heart and breathing restart—or until the rescuers can apply advanced life-saving techniques, such as defibrillation. If provided immediately after cardiac arrest, this standard CPR procedure increases a patient’s chance of survival. 

March 7th

Hank Gathers' Legacy

CORVALLIS, OR--Tom Fregoso's eyes bore in on his HP laptop. As he watched video clips and read articles, the Oregon State men's basketball trainer confronted the painful images he can never forget.  

It was about 9 a.m. Wednesday. Soon enough, he would stretch out players, tape ankles, massage calves -- whatever needed tending before the Civil War that night.

But in those quiet moments alone in the OSU practice facility, Fregoso revisited the details of the March 4, 1990, tragedy at Gersten Pavilion: The crowd's piercing silence when Hank Gathers collapsed near midcourt. The four or five minutes Fregoso performed CPR. The sinking feeling he had seeing the Loyola Marymount star loaded onto an ambulance.

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